Jack Hanratty named interim coach of the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team

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Jack Hanratty has been named the interim coach of the Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens team for the remainder of 2021.

Hanratty has been an assistant coach for the Canadian Women’s 15 team, head coach of the Under-20 team and coach of the Rugby Canada academy in Halifax. He was the assistant coach of the women’s team for the seven events in Vancouver and Edmonton in September.

Hanratty, who spent five years with Leinster Rugby before coming to Canada, will continue to play an advisory role with the Canadian Sports Center (CSC) Atlantic and Rugby Nova Scotia during his time with the Seven-Seven.

“Jack is an obvious selection to lead our women’s team to the next HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event in Dubai as we finalize our recruitment process for a permanent head coach,” Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen said in a statement. “We expect to have a permanent coach in place for the team’s return after the holiday season.”

The new World Series season begins next month in Dubai, with a pair of men’s and women’s events, which will run simultaneously from November 26-27 and December 3-4.

Hanratty and the women will prepare in Langford, BC, with the help of Brittany Waters, head coach of the University of Victoria women’s team.

Hanratty becomes the fourth coach in charge of the women’s rugby sevens team this year.

Longtime coach John Tait, who led the team to bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, resigned in April following a complaint by 37 current and former team members under Rugby Canada’s Harassment and Bullying Policy.

An independent review concluded that while the conduct described in the complaint reflected the experiences of the athletes, it did not meet the definition of harassment or bullying in Rugby Canada policy.

Tait, while maintaining that he had done nothing wrong, subsequently stepped down as a seven-a-side coach and director of women’s high performance. The former Canadian international was recently appointed technical director of BC Rugby.

Australia’s Mick Byrne, who previously served as a consultant coach with Rugby Canada, was in charge of the women’s seven at the Tokyo Olympics where the team finished in a disappointing ninth place.

Kelly Russell, a 15-year-old former Canadian women’s team captain, has coached the team in recent seven-a-side tournaments in Vancouver and Edmonton.

Rugby Canada has initiated a review of its high performance program following complaints from the ladies’ seven, the Olympics and the failure of the Canadian men to qualify for the World Cup.

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