Rugby

Canada's rugby 7s teams win at Emirates tune-up tourney

The Canadian women won all three of their games while the Canadian men won two of three at the Emirates Invitational 7s rugby tournament in Dubai on Friday.

Marks the 1st tournament for both teams in more than a year due to the pandemic

Canada's Brittany Benn, shown at right in this 2019 file photo, is part of the Canadian women's team that went undefeated on Day 1 at the Emirates Invitational 7s in Dubai on Friday. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

The Canadian women won all three of their games Friday to finish atop their pool at the Emirates Invitational 7s rugby tournament in Dubai.

Canada's men won two of three to finish second in their pool.

The Canadian women downed Brazil 36-14, Kenya 38-5 and France 33-0. They will meet France again Saturday.

Canada's men defeated Japan 45-21 and Uganda 40-5 before losing 26-14 to Argentina. They will play Kenya in Saturday's quarterfinals.

It marks the first tournament for both teams in more than a year due to the pandemic. While not part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Emirates Invitational 7s is billed as a high-performance prep event in advance of the Tokyo Olympics.

"Obviously a long break for everyone," said Canadian veteran Nathan Hirayama. "We were really pumped for the opportunity to come here and play. some big games."

A second tournament in Dubai is scheduled for next weekend at The Sevens Stadium.

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