The Australian women’s rugby team the Wallaroos were left “crying and distressed at the gate” as they prepared to head home from the recent Pacific Four competition.
According to former Wallaroos captain Grace Hamilton, Air Canada had informed several of the Australian players that the flight was ‘overbooked’.
A fact that Hamilton was quick to dismiss claiming there were six empty seats on their flight.
“Girls crying and distressed at the gate, meanwhile looking at at least 6 empty seats on our plane.” Hamilton wrote on her twitter account.
Rugby Australia confirmed that five players were checked in and about to depart on new flights home while one player and one staff member would now fly on Tuesday.
Confirming that they were working on alternative flight for the players, a Rugby Australia representative said “Our RA staff member on the ground has been working closely with our travel agents as soon as it happened to find (the) best solution to get players and management home as soon possible.”
The Wallaroos played three games during the competition losing to both Canada and New Zealand in rounds one and three whilst defeating the USA in round two.
Shout out to @aircanada for ‘overbooking’ our 14 hour flight back to Brisbane and stranding seven of our @Wallaroos. Girls crying and distressed at the gate, meanwhile looking at at least 6 empty seats on our plane.
— Grace Hamilton (@GracieJHamilton) July 16, 2023