DARRYL KNIGHT Special To The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge's Julia Schell was part of the Canadian team that brought home silver medals last week, at the FISU Rugby Sevens Championships in Swansea, Wales, after falling 31-5 to France in the final on Saturday, July 9.
Canada had surged to a perfect 4-0 record, in the pool stages of the World University Championships, and downed China by a score of 7-5 in the cup semifinals, before falling to France in the championship match.
"This young group had to come together very quickly, and they did just that," head coach Jen Boyd said in a press release. "Bringing together a group of 12 athletes from across the country, to an international competition, is no easy feat.
The girls relished the challenge and represented Canada well, both on and off the pitch.
"For some, this was there first exposure to international competition in a high performance environment. They adapted quickly, with the help of great leadership from our carded athletes. All of these athletes will now return to provincial and club competition, to continue to help raise the bar of women's rugby in Canada."
Canada opened the tournament with a pair of wins on Day 1, with victories against Portugal and Spain. They opened play with a 14-12 win over Portugal, before wrapping up the first day of competition with a 17-5 victory over Spain.
On Day 2, Canada squared off against Australia and China, coming away with another perfect performance on the pitch, with a 36-0 rout of Australia, to open the day, with Schell adding a conversion for Team Canada, and a tightly contested 19-17 win over China, to wrap up the round robin.
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