GRFU members to be given specific responsibilities – President of GRFA
Recently appointed President of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Colonel John Lewis revealed that a lot is in store for the development of the sport as things are now under his wings.
Revealing the plans for the sport, Lewis stated that he immediately would administer specific responsibilities to the committee members of the Union.
According to the President, specific responsibilities will given to the Senior Vice President, who will be responsible for male rugby; the Junior Vice President who will be responsible for female rugby and a Committee Member who will handle the under-19 and age ranged rugby.
The President indicated that those immediate responsibilities will allow the Union to keep progression with rugby in Guyana as the sport elevates.
Asking the plan for fifteen’s rugby which is not as dominant as seven’s, Lewis stated that more players and clubs will have to be built up on to sustain an extensive 15-a-side competition as the domestic season is dictated by the overseas players. “Our domestic season for the segment is dictated more or less by our overseas players especially our overseas 7-a-side players.”
Lewis added that the fifteen’s is mainly the area they need to focus on to balance the performance with the seven’s.
He strongly highlighted that local women’s rugby is absolutely an area they have to concentrate on as there is a present movement across the North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) to develop women’s rugby.
“They (NACRA) gave us certain targets that we much achieve. The target includes the amount of female players and amount of trail matches per year.”
Questioning, how the Union will acquire funding for the sport, the President stated that they are looking at a new alternative; the selling of souvenir rugby uniforms in Guyana and the Guyanese Diaspora. This idea sprouted when they traveled to Hong Kong earlier in the year.
The President added that both male and female players will revert to 7-a-side games after the Game on June 2 as they will be preparing to defend their titles in Canada in August.
It was also indicated that 15-a-side games will be hosted after the international commitment for the year have concluded to get the players in tuned for the new rugby season in 2013. (Juanita Hooper)