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HomeMiscellanyThird time’s a charm for South Africa’s “Blitzboks” in Canada Sevens at B.C. Place

Third time’s a charm for South Africa’s “Blitzboks” in Canada Sevens at B.C. Place


South Africa returned to the Cup Final at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver on Marcch 10, after finishing as runner-up in 2016 and 2017. 

This time, the Blitzboks rushed to defeat France 21-12 at B.C. Place Stadium. Fiji finished in third place. 

Australia beat host Canada 35-21 in the Challenge Trophy final. An announced crowd of more than 73,000 attended the fourth edition of the sevens in Vancouver. The stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Cup tour is set to return to B.C. Place in 2020 and for at least three more years after that.

United States leads the series, followed by New Zealand and Fiji, after six stops. Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris remain. Canada is 12th.

Meanwhile, another story to watch in the months to come: Labour relations between the team and Rugby Canada, which lost a bid to thwart a union certification drive by the United Steelworkers.   

Canada Sevens 2019 champion South Africa shares a moment with runner-up France and third-place Fiji (Mackin)

A Fijian player signs autographs (Mackin)

A French defender challenges a South African ball carrier (Mackin)

Faux Mounties and papally imgregnated nuns were among the 2019 Canada Sevens costumes (Mackin)

A CBC crew costume at Canada Sevens (Mackin)

Premier John Horgan shoots a selfie with a fan at Canada Sevens (Mackin)

Canada’s Harry Jones scores a try against Australia (Mackin)

A streaker is escorted off the pitch at B.C. Place during Canada Sevens (Mackin)

Canada lost to Australia in the consolation final (Mackin)


South Africa upended France in the final (Mackin)


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