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GLASGOW -- Canada enjoyed a successful first day at the Glasgow Sevens rugby tournament, finishing on top of Pool B with wins over Japan and France and a draw with England. Asdrubal Cabrera Jersey . Canada opened Saturdays play with a 52-0 thumping of Japan, and followed with a 28-12 win over France. That was enough to guarantee them a spot in the quarter-finals of the Cup competition. In a battle for top spot in Pool B, Canada and England fought to a 7-7 draw. Philip Mack converted his own try in the first half to give Canada an early lead, but Tom Powell replied with a converted try in the second to draw England level. Both Canada and England, which is currently fourth in the IRB Sevens World Series overall standings, finished with eight points in three matches, but the Canadians took top spot in the pool with a superior point differential. "I thought we had chances to score but so did they," Canada coach Geraint John said of England. "Its important for us to top the group. Weve come close in recent tournaments but we have shown the depth here, as well as the big players stepping up." Canada will play Kenya in Sundays quarter-final. The Kenyans advanced after a surprising 33-19 win over Argentina. England will face Fiji, ranked third on the circuit. Canada reached a fifth straight quarter-finals for the first time. Earlier, Canada routed Japan behind three tries by Mike Scholz. Sean White, Connor Braid, Mike Fuailefau, John Moonlight and Harry Jones also crossed the line, while Mack booted four conversions. Moonlight, Conor Trainor, Sean Duke and Scholz scored tries against France, while Mack kicked four conversions. Canada entered the tournament seventh in the overall series standings, one point behind Samoa. The Glasgow Sevens is the second-last stop on the Sevens World Series circuit. The schedule concludes with the London Sevens next weekend. Elsewhere, New Zealand underlined its tournament ambitions with a 19-5 win over South Africa in an uncommon pool matchup of the world series two leading teams. New Zealand and South Africa previously met only in finals this season, with the Africans winning two of three. But New Zealands consistency has it leading the series by seven points. Despite resting stars DJ Forbes and Tim Mikkelson, New Zealand dominated the pool decider physically, but struggled to score. New Zealand will face Australia in the quarter-finals, while South Africa lined up host Scotland, which topped a pool for the first time in more than a year thanks to comfortable wins over Australia, the United States and Spain. Jay Bruce Jersey . - The Seattle Seahawks have signed nine players to 2014 future contracts, including quarterback B. Todd Frazier Jersey .cas NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with a man whos spent most of his career on highlight reels and a goalie actually "reaching back" for a save.If I were a rugby agent or a professional rugby scout, Id be casting my eye at the men hailing from north of the 49th-parallel during the International Rugby Boards November international window. Eight top Canadian players are missing from Canadas 26-man roster named to face the New Zealand Maori All Blacks in Toronto on November 3rd. While this is an obvious hindrance to Rugby Canada on the day, its also a backhanded compliment. Those top players are good enough that their overseas professional clubs dont want to release them, even for a game against a top representative side that has beaten England, Ireland and the Lions within the past eight years. All Canadian athletes have an international reputation for coming from good stock - strong, fit, hardworking and eager to learn team players who are full of character. Over half of the players in the NHL come from Canada because thats our game – but Id bet the farm our athletes would thrive at with whatever sport saturated this country. Professional rugby is starting to tap into our countrys natural athlete resource – hence the 14 or so Canadians currently playing professionally overseas – but Rugby Canada wants to establish itself as a favourite hunting ground for agents, scouts and for its XVs players especially. Rugby Canada has identified a long-term strategic plan of signing their XVs athletes with professional clubs overseas for a number of reasons. A disclaimer: Canada isnt shopping its athletes around recklessly. A parent wouldnt trust their kid in just anyones care and Rugby Canada is taking the same approach. If the quality of an interested pro club is there, from staff to teammates, competition to environment, then that club becomes a genuine contender to be almost a foster parent for Rugby Canadas athlete. Likewise, just as every club may not be the right fit, life overseas isnt for every athlete either. It should always come down to the individual athlete and whats best for their personal development, both athletically and mentally. Having made the disclaimer, there are still several reasons the Canadian rugby program can look to overseas clubs for help in its long-term development: 1. There isnt enough IRB funding for a Tier 2 team in a country as vast as Canada to get players playing at a consistently high level day in and day out like they can in nations where rugby is a priority sport. Without a consistent high performance atmosphere, progress would be stilted. 2. Rugby Sevens, with its induction into the Olympics, has become the financial and commercial priority through programs like Own the Podium, for the women especially. XVs in North America doesnt need to go the way of the dinosaur, but it just needs to be managed differently. 3. For the players who do sign overseas professionally, what they bring back to the Canadian training environment from a professional one is priceless, and raises everyones expectations starting with the players. Its not that there is a conscious complacency in the Canadian environment, but if an athlete has never been exposed to what it takes to get to the international level, theyll never know what they need to change to get there. Now time to play devils advocate. Critics of thiis methodology will suggest that its an insult to Canadian rugby to just up and leave for greener (or richer) pastures or point to games like the upcoming NZ Maori one as a blown chance for Canada to make a statement internationally. Mike Piazza Jersey. If an Australian hockey player (or a South African or a New Zealander or a Welsh one, etc.) wanted to improve, what country would they move to give themselves the best possible chance at making the highest level? Exactly. Those same critics who want to keep the homegrown talent at home will probably also point out the number of foreigners within Rugby Canadas administration, at the coaching level especially, taking jobs away from Canadian rugby coaches. When your car breaks down, you bring in a mechanic. When you need to do taxes, you hire an accountant. When you need help, you bring in an expert (eventually – but probably not until after youve stubbornly tried to do it yourself, of course.) This is when the bigger picture needs to find its way into the conversation. Sport creates stewards and rugby does so especially. When players leave to go overseas, there is an expectation it was done with this bigger picture in mind. Every person is different and life happens, but there comes a time in an athletes – in everyones - careers where the question of "What now?" needs to be answered. Gareth Rees, Hans de Goede, Mike James, Al Charron and Morgan Williams – all former Canadian international greats who have returned with a world of experience and to give their time back to Canada from the grassroots level and up. Rugby Canada have a number of foreigners on their staff and they, too, are in the midst of this stewardship, giving back to the sport that raised and shaped them. This means they are away from their own homes and probably uprooted their families to do it. It is a cycle, even if it takes a while to develop or see. The current Canadian squad is bolstered by a number players who are proof of the gains made individually and have returned to the group. Okotoks 22-year-old Jeff Hassler was scooped up by the Ospreys for a two-year contract after just four caps and a year on the IRB Sevens circuit. The hare-footed Hassler is missing a Heineken Cup match against Munster for this New Zealand Maori match. Niagara, Ontarios 33-year-old journeyman Ray Barkwill took a less conventional route and didnt wait for the scouts to find him. He eventually played his way onto Super Rugbys Western Force, proving heart and grit are bigger than age and height. And an even more erratic trail was blazed by the baby-faced, Jake Ilnicki (dont let the beard fool you.) 21-year-old Ilnicki took the same initiative and risk as Barkwill, moving from Williams Lake, British Columbia all the way to the Auckland Colts, back to Canada for the Americas Rugby Championship and will now most likely face the Maori on Sunday. Rugby Canada could help its athletes and, therefore, its program by building a two-way pipeline to strengthen relationships with professional clubs, agents and scouts and start to establish Canada as a go-to nation for professional rugby to recruit from. If you build it, they will come - and the players will go and come back. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseyscheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '

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