Mack returns for Canada Sevens
Canada Sevens coach Geraint John has announced his 12-man squad for the upcoming Glasgow and London rounds of the HSBC World Sevens Series, the final two in the Series, with three changes seeing experienced trio Phil Mack, Jeff Hassler and Conor Trainor included.
Mack, Hassler and Trainor are seasoned regulars and will undoubtedly give Canada a boost ahead of a pivotal two weeks for the side. They are joined in the line-up by the likes of Sean Duke and the overall leading points scorer this season, Nathan Hirayama, while Nanyak Dala once again captains the team.
Canada are currently 11th overall all and need to be sitting twelfth or better in the Series standings at the end of the Glasgow Sevens to guarantee a place at the world's top table next year.
"Going into the World Series we always decided that we would always pick our best available team. This is no exception," explained John when naming his squad in British Columbia.
"We've always said that the Sevens Series is an important event for us and we are excited with the team we've picked for Glasgow because this is the last tournament prior to deciding who finishes in the top twelve. Our goal has always been to finish in that twelve heading to the London leg."
That goal is on course as with only two rounds of a memorable 2012/13 IRB World Sevens Series remaining, the Canadians possess an eight-point advantage over Scotland and USA, who are tied in joint twelfth.
Four points above John's charges is England while a further four ahead of them are Australia and Argentina, so the race is most definitely on as nations prepare to jostle for their best possible finishes.
Canada have been drawn in what might be viewed as the toughest pool for the Glasgow tournament as South Africa, Samoa and Kenya are currently in second, fourth and fifth spot in the World Series.
Canada squad: Tyler Ardron, Nanyak Dala (captain), Sean Duke, Jeff Hassler, Ciaran Hearn, Nathan Hirayama, Harry Jones, Phil Mack, John Moonlight, Chancey O'Toole, Taylor Paris, Conor Trainor