WATCH: Richmond B.C.’s Nathan Hirayama, named player of the final, reacts to Canada’s first cup win
It’s a historic win for Canada’s rugby sevens squad – with its first cup victory on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit.
The men’s team took down two top-notch contenders, New Zealand and England, before beating the U.S. 26-19 to claim the final.
That match was no picnic either, with the team quick out of the gate, taking an impressive lead of 19-0 only to see the it evaporate to a 19-19 tie.
Lucas Hammond then scored the winning try for Canada with the clock ticking down.
Canada has played 140 tournaments on the circuit but has only made it to the final once – falling to New Zealand in 2014 in Glasgow.
The squad finished a disappointing seventh on home turf in March’s Vancouver rugby sevens tournament.
With files from Canadian Press