Four players and one coach from UBC will represent Canada at the 2012 world university rugby sevens championships.
One of the players selected is former Aldergrove Secondary rugby star Megan Hamm.
The fifth FISU championships will be held from July 11 to 13 in Brive, France.
Head coach Lesley McKenzie of UBC will lead the women’s contingent in France. A former CIS all-Canadian with the Thunderbirds, McKenzie played for Team Canada at a pair of World Cups, including in 2010 in England.
She will be joined in France by two of her UBC players, Megan Hamm (2nd, Langley) and Gabrielle Hindley (2nd, Guelph).
Hamm, a 5’3″ scrumhalf, last played for B.C.’s senior women’s team.
They will be looking to continue the tremendous success achieved by previous Canadian entries at the world university rugby sevens championships.
Canada won the first two tournaments in 2004 (Beijing, China) and 2006 (Rome, Italy) before finishing second in 2008 (Cordoba, Spain) and fourth in 2010 (Porto, Portugal).
On the men’s side, the Canadians are coming off their best-ever FISU result as they placed sixth in 2010. Canada did not participate in the inaugural tourney in 2004 and finished seventh in 2006 and 10th in 2008.
Canada will have two Thundebirds players on the roster, Jonathan Hill (4th, Edmonton), a veteran of the 2010 FISU team, and Liam Murphy-Burke (1st, White Rock).
“Obviously any time an opportunity arises to represent Canada it is a honour,” said Murphy-Burke.
“The chance to play rugby overseas at an international level has me very excited for the trip. A big part of a trip like this is also the cultural experience, I am sure Brive will have a lot to offer in terms of that. Playing sevens on the international stage for Canada is my long term goal, so a team like this could potentially be a perfect stepping stone.”
Murphy-Burke toured England earlier in the spring with Canada’s Under-19 men’s national team.