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New Zealand beats Canada in semifinals of Women’s Rugby Sevens

Portia Woodman
New Zealand's Portia Woodman runs in a try during its victory over Canada at the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia. (Mike Lee/KLC fotos/ World Rugby photo)

SYDNEY, Australia — There will be no repeat for Canada at the Sydney Sevens.

The Canadian women’s team and defending tournament champions will play for bronze at the World Series event after falling 26-0 on Saturday in the semifinals against New Zealand.

Canada will play Russia in the third-place match Sunday. New Zealand will play Olympic champion Australia for gold.

Canada earned its place in the tournament’s final four with a 28-12 victory over France earlier Saturday in the quarterfinals.

The Canadians finished first in Pool C after going 3-0 during the opening day of competition at the 12-nation tournament.

Seven members of the Canadian roster are holdovers from the bronze-winning side at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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