Canada reaches quarterfinals of the 2024 Olympic men’s rugby sevens qualifying tournament

Phil Berna (Canadian Olympic Committee) (with permission)

Team Canada is in the quarterfinals of the 2024 Olympic men’s rugby sevens qualifying tournament in Monaco. On Saturday, Canada clinched a spot with a 33-14 win over China. With the win, Canada improved to a record of two wins and one loss.

The Canadians finished in second place in Pool B. They lost their final pool stage game 17-12 to Great Britain on Saturday.

In the Canadian win over China, five Canadians recorded a try. They were Ethan Hager of Brantford, Ontario, Thomas Isherwood of Okotoks, Alberta, Josiah Morra of Toronto, Ontario, Phil Berna of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alex Russell of Montreal, Quebec. Meanwhile, Cooper Coats of Halifax, Nova Scotia converted four converts.

In the knockout stage on Sunday, Canada plays its quarterfinal matchup against Chile on Sunday at 4:43 AM MT. The other quarterfinal matches have South Africa versus Uganda, Great Britain versus Tonga, and Spain versus Hong Kong. Only the champion of the 11-team tournament qualifies for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Eleven teams have already qualified for the Olympic Games next month. They are France, New Zealand, Argentina, Fiji, Australia, Uruguay, Ireland, the United States, Kenya, Samoa and Japan. The United States qualified by winning a North American Rugby Sevens Tournament in Langford, British Columbia in August of last year.

 

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