The Canadian 7s team took some time out from preparing for the Hong Kong Sevens to do some coaching with local youth players as guests of Sun Life Financial Hong Kong
After finishing in the top-eight at last weekend’s the Tokyo Sevens, Canada’s Men’s Team landed in Hong Kong in the early hours of Monday morning to begin preparing for the next leg of the IRB World Series.
This weekend’s event being held at the 40,000 seat Hong Kong Stadium is the largest rugby event on the nine-stop circuit and is a fan favourite each year.
Canada spent the morning working with their team staff looking after any potential injuries from Tokyo before their first training session at Happy Valley Stadium at the Hong Kong Football Club in the afternoon.
Under sun-drenched skies, head coach Geraint John ran his side through a mixture of drills and the overall attitude was positive throughout the session.
An example of the growing excitement for this weekend’s action was evident with the nearly 100 kids, parents and fans in attendance to watch coach John’s team run through the paces at the picturesque training facility.
Following their training session, Canada took to the field for an hour to coach and support the excited youngsters, including special guests of Sun Life Financial Hong Kong, the Canada School of Hong Kong, the BC Elite Youth Sevens Program and a high school from Alberta.
Captain Nathan Hirayama and his side lead the kids through various stations around the field depending on age and skill levels and there wasn’t a child or national team player without a smile on their face throughout the afternoon.
“The Canadian Rugby Hong Kong 7s and Olympic Fund has been huge supporters of us for years and we’re always excited to work with them when we get to Hong Kong,” said Canadian forward John Moonlight.
“Also, big thanks to Sun Life Financial Hong Kong for their support of these last two events. It was fun having their kids out at our training session today too,” added the Pickering, Ontario native.
Canada is set to face Portugal, Argentina and England in Pool C of this weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens.