Canada First Women 7s Team to Arrive in Dubai
Wednesday Feb 25, 2009 in Canada National Team - Women
February25, 2009, Dubai – The first women’s team to arrive for the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens landed in Dubai last night, determined to get her hands on the Cup when the tournament kicks off at ‘The Sevens’ from 5th – 7th March.
Head coach of the Canadian women’s team, Natascha Wesch was thrilled to touch down in the city, after their non-stop flight with Emirates from Toronto and is relishing the prospect of making history in Dubai.
“It’s great. We’re obviously very excited. We’ve been preparing for a long time so to finally be here is wonderful,” said Wesch after arriving at Emirates’ Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport last night.
“We still have a week of training camp to do and refine a few last things but we’re really excited at the immensity of the whole thing and the history-making part of it.
“Being involved in it, I don’t think you realise the historic part of it until you look back and you think ‘oh wow, that was us – we were part of that’. It’s a great experience and a great opportunity and we’re really honoured to be here but I don’t think we’ll get the magnitude of it until after it’s all done,” added the coach, whose side come into this tournament ranked third in the world.
The Canadians will certainly be in with a shot at winning the title, having had the benefit of taking part in last year’s Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. “We were here in November so that was our dry run for this. Having that experience of the jet lag and the weather and everything was really good. I think that makes a huge difference,” explained Wesch.
Canada will face Brazil, Spain and Thailand in their pool matches but it is some of the more established sides they’ll really be looking out for.
Asked who she believed was in contention for the first ever Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens title, Wesch reckoned: “England for sure, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, France and us. There’s going to be some tough competition.
“I think we’ve been doing really well in the last two years and are building and we came really close to England when we were here last time in Dubai – we only lost by a try.
“We know we only have a few little things to fix and then I think we can do very well. Obviously we’re here to prove that we deserve to be ranked third going in and I think we can do even better than that. We just have to make sure all our ducks are in a row and do everything right,” she added.
Tickets to watch the best 16 women’s teams and the top 24 men’s teams in action at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 are still available online at www.rwcsevens.com and by calling 800 4669.
They are also on sale at ‘The Sevens’, Emirates Headquarters, the Dnata Travel Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, at Costa outlets (Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, Al Wahda Mall Abu Dhabi) and MMI outlets (Al Wasl Road, Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road). Opening hours for Costa outlets are 9am to 11pm and MMI opening hours are 10.30am to 9pm. You must hold a valid alcohol licence to enter any MMI outlet.
The cost of tickets is: Thursday, 5th March, 2009: Dhs 50; Friday, 6th March, 2009: Dhs 200; Saturday, 7th March, 2009: Dhs 300 or season tickets for all three days are available for Dhs 450. General admission for children under 12 is free, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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