Bianca Farella had a memorable year in 2012. She was named CIS Women’s Rugby Rookie of the Year after scoring 12 tries in six matches for Concordia University and also received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team when she was named to the roster competing at the Las Vegas Sevens. After just one year with the national team, she was part of the squad that won silver at the 2013 World Cup Sevens. Now a mainstay on Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team, Farella has proven to be one of the world’s best scorers. After her 11 tries in the inaugural World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series in 2012-13, she recorded 25 tries in 2013-14, including a tournament-high eight at the Brazil Sevens. In 2014, Farella captained the Canadian team that won gold at the 6th World University Championship in Brazil. Initially named to the Canadian roster for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Farella was forced to miss the tournament to undergo shoulder surgery. She wouldn’t return from injury until the second leg of the 2015-16 WSWS in Sao Paulo. At the end of the 2015-16 WSWS, Farella sits second all-time in series tries for Canada with 63. She also ranks second all-time in Canada and ninth in the world with 315 career series points.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents Oronzo Farella and Manuela Musto… Younger sister Julia Farella… Getting into the Sport: Started playing rugby at age 13 because she wanted to try a new sport… The only other spring sports at her high school were badminton and tennis but she prefers team sports… Joined the national team at age 19… Outside Interests: Completed one year at Concordia University before moving to B.C. to centralize with the national team… Received Diploma of Collegial Studies from Dawson College (Cégep)… Enjoys hiking, exploring the lakes and mountains on Vancouver Island, sleeping, reading… Odds and Ends: Nickname: B… Always has her iPod to get amped up for a game… Collects Christmas ornaments, postcards and beach towels from her travels… Favourite mottoes: Never settle / All damn day / Pain is your friend (which she says right before kickoff)…
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 - BRONZE
World Cup 7s: 2013 – SILVER
Women’s Sevens World Series: 2015-16 – 3rd overall; 2014-15 – 2nd overall; 2013-14 – 3rd overall; 2012-13 – 3rd overall
FISU World Championships: 2014 – GOLD