NEWS
03/31/2016 17:38 EDT | Updated 04/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Canadian coach includes 20-year-old Emmanuela Jada in rugby sevens roster

Emmanuela Jada can make her HSBC Women's Sevens Series debut for Canada next week at the Atlanta Sevens.

The 20-year-old from Guelph, Ont., was included in a 12-woman roster that has been hit by injury.

"Jada has explosive speed and carries aggressively," coach John Tait said in a statement. "Defensively she is improving very quickly and beginning to create some positive turnovers."

Canada, runner-up last time out in Brazil, is tied for second with New Zealand with 28 points in the overall series standings after two stops on the five-event circuit. Australia, which won both in Dubai and Sao Paulo, is first with 40 points. 

The series shifts to Langford, B.C., on April 16-17.

Jada was part of the Canada's sevens team that won gold at the 2014 FISU World University Sevens Championships in Brazil and represented Canada's Maple Leafs at the recent Vancouver Rugby Festival. In the 15s game, she won two Nations Cup titles with the national under-20 team before representing the Maple Leafs last November for two matches against England 'A.'

Elissa Alarie, Britt Benn, Magali Harvey, Ashley Steacy and Natasha Watcham-Roy are all unavailable through injury.

Canada has been drawn with France, Russia and Ireland in Pool B in Atlanta for the April 8-9 competition.

The Canadian women are 2-0 against the Irish this season, 1-0 against France and have yet to play Russia this year.

 

Canada Roster

Hannah Darling, Peterborough Pagans, Warsaw, Ont.; Bianca Farella, Town of Mont Royal RFC, Montreal; Emmanuela Jada, Guelph Redcoats, Guelph, Ont.; Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish, Ajax, Ont.; Jen Kish (capt.), Edmonton Rockers, Edmonton; Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish Toronto; Megan Lukan, unattached, Barrie, Ont.; Kayla Mack, Wild Oats, Saskatoon; Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers, Williams Lake, B.C.; Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby Quebec, Quebec City; Kelly Russell, Toronto Nomads, Bolton, Ont.; Charity Williams, Markham Irish, Toronto.

The Canadian Press