Former Canada international Sean White has been named assistant coach of the Canadian men’s rugby sevens team.
White will work with head coach Henry Paul and Phil Mack, a former Canada international who is in charge of Rugby Canada’s men’s development academy in Langford, British Columbia.
Word of White’s appointment comes on the eve of this weekend’s HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver.
Rugby Canada says the Victoria native is one of five people on the hiring committee’s shortlist.
“We are absolutely thrilled to offer this opportunity to an extremely talented Canadian coach in Sean,” Paul said in a statement. “Having worked closely with (Rugby Canada Performance Director and 15-man coach) Kingsley (Jones) throughout this process, we were impressed with the caliber of coaches who applied and were interviewed. .
“Despite strong interest from several very experienced international coaches, we felt that Sean was the outstanding candidate, both technically and culturally for the position. Add to this Sean’s extensive experience in international rugby, at the times at 15 and at 7, we are sure he is the right man for the job.”
New Zealand-born Paul, who played for England at sevens and 15s in rugby union and also represented New Zealand in rugby league, is in charge of the Canadian men’s sevens team since May 2019.
White earned 32 caps for Canada’s 15-team squad, including the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He also played 27 times for Canada’s 7-team squad, appearing at two Pan American Games and two Commonwealth Games.
White has spent the past four years as head coach of BC Rugby’s NextGen Sevens men’s team and three years as head coach of the James Bay Athletic Association men’s team.
The Canadian men’s team. which has undergone a roster change with players retiring after an eighth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, sits 14th after five of nine events this season on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
“This young core of players has unlimited potential,” White said. “I am delighted to support their long-term development as individuals and cherish the opportunity to prepare these players with the tools necessary to succeed on the world stage.”
The Canadian men are in a tough group in Vancouver, playing in Pool C with first-place South Africa, second-place Australia and ninth-place Spain.
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This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 12, 2022
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press