Jack Hanratty named full-time coach of Canadian women’s rugby 7s team

After almost 10 months in an interim role, Jack Hanratty has been named head coach of the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team.

Hanratty served as assistant coach for the women’s team for the sevens events in Vancouver and Edmonton in September 2021 and took over as interim head coach in October. Initially it was for the duration of the year but in February his term was extended for another eight months.

On Tuesday, Rugby Canada made the role permanent.

“It’s been an honor to lead this incredible group on an interim basis and I’m thrilled to continue in this role full-time and build on the progress we’ve made this year,” Hanratty said in a statement.

Under Hanratty’s leadership, the Canadians finished seventh overall in the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series and fourth at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

There has been considerable turnover in the team since the Tokyo Olympics with 13 players making their senior debut at seven under Hanratty.

Hanratty, born in Ireland, previously served as assistant coach of the Canadian women’s under-15 team, head coach of the under-20 under-15 team and coach of the Rugby Canada academy in Halifax.

Hanratty was working as a development officer for Leinster Rugby when he came to Canada 10 years ago, initially for seven days to run a course for a rugby club in Halifax. It turned into a sabbatical for the summer.

After returning to Ireland, he interviewed for a job with Rugby Nova Scotia, thinking it might last about a year. Instead, he found a home in Canada and is now a citizen.

Hanratty has also served in an advisory role with the Canadian Sports Center (CSC) Atlantic and Rugby Nova Scotia.

The seven-man women’s team has been without a full-time coach since John Tait, who led the team to bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016, resigned in April 2021 following a legal complaint. by 37 current and former members of the team under Rugby. Canadian Policy on Harassment and Bullying

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

Tait, while maintaining that he had done nothing wrong, later resigned as sevens coach and women’s high performance director. The former Canada international is now technical director of BC Rugby.

Australia’s Mick Byrne, who was previously a consultant coach with Rugby Canada, was in charge of the women’s R7 at the Tokyo Olympics, where the team finished a disappointing ninth.

Former Canadian Women’s 15-Year-Old Team Captain Kelly Russell coached the team at the Vancouver and Edmonton Sevens in September 2021.

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This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 9, 2022

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