Hirayama relishing new role with Canada

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 26 June 2013  
 Hirayama relishing new role with Canada
Nathan Hirayama is the new Canada Sevens captain for RWC Sevens 2013

There are few more iconic places to attend your first captains' photo shoot than Red Square in Moscow, but that is exactly where Canada's new Sevens captain Nathan Hirayama found himself on Wednesday alongside the captains of the other 23 men's and 16 women's teams involved in Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013.

Hirayama, who played for Canada's Fifteens side in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup earlier this month, takes over from Nanyak Dala as captain and admits his side are determined to do the best they can over the three days of competition at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital.

"It is really nice, a pleasure to be captain, an honour," admitted Hirayama, who ended Canada's first season as a core team on the HSBC Sevens World Series in 2012/13 as the third highest point scorer.

"We are really looking forward to this weekend, it's something we have been looking forward to since we qualified, so we are really excited to be here and hopefully we show up."

Hirayama's side face a tough opener in Pool D against New Zealand, who were crowned Sevens World Series champions for the 11th time last month, on Friday with matches to come against neighbours USA and Georgia on Saturday.

However Canada will nonetheless be hoping to reach a Cup quarter-final berth, something they did four times on the 2012/13 Series.

"We go into every tournament hoping to win, so we are going to try our best and whatever happens happens," admitted Hirayama.

"Hopefully we can walk off the field, have a couple of beers Sunday night with our heads held high and be pretty happy with how things went."