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Canadian Women take Bronze at Rio

The Canadians beat Great Britain 33-10 to win the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. And we couldn’t be prouder of Nomad Kelly Russell and her history-making teammates. The medal is Canada’s first Olympic rugby medal in the women’s and men’s game. Men’s 15-a-side rugby was contested at the Olympics intermittently until 1924.

Karen Paquin scored the opening try and Canada led throughout the match. Ghislaine Landry had two tries. Both Bianca Farella and Kelly Russell both added their own five points on the scoreboard.

Fun fact: Canada has claimed a medal in every sevens event at the Olympic Games, World Cup, Sevens Series circuit overall and Pan Am Games since 2012 for a total of seven medals in seven attempts.

Kelly Russell

This Nomad is a veteran of two Women’s Rugby World Cups and two World Rugby Sevens Series World Cups! She is the former captain of Canada’s senior women’s team, and has made 18 World Rugby Sevens Series appearances, 19 tries, 23 conversions. She heads down to Rio to compete in the first ever appearance of rugby at the Olympics and we wish her all the luck! Go crush ’em Kelly, we’re rooting for you! The first game is against Japan on Saturday morning (Nomads Day), so we’ll have it airing at Fletchers! Check out her Nomads player profile here.