Canada puts Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s rugby berth on hold after loss to U.S.

LANGFORD, B.C. — Canada’s bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in women’s rugby sevens is on hold after a 12-7 loss to the United States on Sunday at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C.

The loss to the Americans on home field at the HSBC Canada Sevens Series event means the Canadian women head to France next month looking to earn an Olympic berth.

The Canadians came into this weekend’s action as the hottest team in the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series after winning in Japan last month.

Canada posted wins over Brazil and Ireland Saturday, but lost to Australia, the reigning Olympic champion.

The quarterfinal Sunday against the Americans was a defensive struggle that saw Charity Williams of Toronto score Canada’s only try.

The best the Canadian women can now finish in the sevens series event is fifth place.

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