First-ever moments only come around once, and a group of Canadian athletes will experience it on Friday in Victoria.

That’s when Rugby Canada will nominate the 12 athletes heading to Rio 2016 for the debut of women’s Olympic rugby.


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With rugby’s return to the Olympic Games – and in sevens form – Canada will be sending a squad that in recent years impressed by competing against the world’s best nations, and often winning.

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This past season Canada finished third in the women’s World Rugby Sevens Series, and second in its previous go. This is a team that has unapologetically mixed it up with traditional powers New Zealand, Australia and England on tour.

One of those tough opponents, Great Britain (with England locking up their Olympic spot), will be in Canada’s group, as will host nation Brazil and Japan (which will welcome the world to the next summer Games in Tokyo).

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Rugby Canada’s historic nomination will take place at 11 a.m. ET and it will be broadcast on Facebook Live.