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Canada's leading maritime-born rugby player in an international test match

Nova Scotia'sRugbyscene rides a wave of growth following the opening of the state's first clubhouse and the next 15 Canadian games featuring local talent. I am.

"I'm very honored to be able to do that whenever I represent Canada, but I think I can play in front of my family, friends, and extended families. It's been a great experience. It will be, "saidCooperCoats.

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Court regularly represents Canada in sevens senior men's rugby. Submitted / Cooper Court

Halifax played both 7 and 15 seconds on the Canadian Senior Men's Team International Not a stranger to the rugby circuit. .. He currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia and regularly trains with the Canadian 7s team. It's been a dream he's been chasing since he first started playing sports at Citadel High School.

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"I've always wanted to do it since I was a kid, but it's about playing the best possible sport. And Seventh was the way for me, "he said.

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Court represents Canada in two international test matches this summer, kicking off at Halifax on July 2.

The match will be played against Belgium at the Wanderers Ground in downtown Halifax.

"We're really happy to see the wanderer's ground filled with red," he said.

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Pre-match excitement follows the success of a Canadian team of older women in their 15s traveling abroad. is.

"Last month we were playing PAC4 [Pacific Four Series] in New Zealand, which is us, USA, Australia and New Zealand," said Olivia DeMerchant.

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New Brunswick-born De Merchant is Canada's most capped One of the players. Alexa MacLean / Global Halifax

This series is preparing for the Women's Rugby World Cup hosted by New Zealand in October this year. is.

DeMarchant represents Canada at the World Cup, along with two other maritime-born players, Emma Taylor and Alysha Corrigan.

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Senior The women's team will also have a test match at the Wanderers Ground in August.

"I'm really looking forward to everything in August. Here we're soft-focusing the whole team, so Halifax has about 30 athletes preparing for the World Cup. There will be, "she said.

The newly opened Graves Oakley Clubhouse is home to the Halifax Tarls Rugby Football Club. Alexa MacLean / Global Halifax

Court hopes the new clubhouse will encourage more players to participate in the sport doing.

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"More and more people start playing and more people think of rugby as their sport You will be able to do it, "he said.

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