Canada downed Ireland 28-12 on Sunday in the Challenge Trophy final. (Canada Sevens)

Canada beats Ireland for ninth place in final world rugby sevens series stop

Canada opened the scoring in the game’s first minute

Canada downed Ireland 28-12 on Sunday in the Challenge Trophy final to finish in ninth place at the World Rugby Sevens Series’ last stop of the season.

Canada opened the scoring in the game’s first minute on a try from Mike Fuailefau and led 21-5 at halftime.

Harry Jones, Josiah Morra and substitue Adam Zaruba added tries for the Canadians, who dropped out of medal contention at the Paris Sevens tournament by losing all three of its pool games on Saturday.

The ninth-place finish is the second-best showing of the season for Canada, which has struggled through the 10-stop world series circuit.

Canada tied for seventh twice, including last weekend in London.

Canada also finished seventh in Hamilton, New Zealand, and was 15th in Hong Kong, 10th in Vancouver, 13th in Las Vegas and 11th in Singapore, Dubai, Cape Town and Sydney.

The Canadian men came into the Paris tournament ranked No. 11 in the standings.

They will next be gearing up for the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens 2020 Olympic Qualifier in July in the Cayman Islands.

Fiji clinched the overall sevens series title when it beat nearest rival the United States 33-14 in the Paris Sevens semifinals on Sunday. Fiji then beat New Zealand 35-24 in the gold-medal match.

The title is the fourth for the Olympic champion, beside 2006, 2015, and 2016.

The U.S. finished fourth in Paris after dropping a 24-7 decision to South Africa in the bronze-medal match.

ALSO READ: Top Raptors Game 1 ticket went for almost $24,000, StubHub says

The Canadian Press


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Man who stole and burned U.S. politician’s portrait has manuscript he wrote in prison stolen in Nanaimo

Jeff Thomas Black stranded after passport and other items taken while he was sleeping downtown

Nanaimo school district staff test-ride e-bikes as commuting option

Environmental stewardship and sustainability a school district priority

UPDATE: Senior found after search of north Nanaimo-Lantzville area

Wayne Strilesky found safe in thick brush by search and rescue canine team

UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP locate woman who didn’t return from trip

Nanaimo RCMP report Rachelle Dawn Walton, reported missing July 23, has been found

Hearings begin as Vancouver Island mom fights for allegedly abducted daughter

Tasha Brown now in Jersey in the British Isles, fundraiser being held in Nanaimo

Nanaimo school district staff test-ride e-bikes as commuting option

Environmental stewardship and sustainability a school district priority

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience the ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

Most Read