National Rugby Sevens squad called to practice
The Guyana Rugby Football Union has announced the selection of the players for the National Sevens Squad called to national practice today, Saturday July 14, in preparation for the International Rugby Board 2013 Rugby World Cup Regional Qualifier and NACRA 2012 Caribbean Championships which will take place at the Twin Elms Grounds, Nepean, Ottawa, Canada on August 25 & 26.
The selected Guyana based players are asked to be at the National Park for a 2:00pm commencement of the practice session.
Overseas players named to the Squad are Richard Staglon, Ronald Mayers and Claudius Butts, in Trinidad & Tobago, Kevin McKenzie in Australia and Rupert Giles in the UK.
The Rugby World Cup will take place in Moscow, Russia, next year (2013). Nine core teams are automatically qualified to be joined by an additional 15 teams drawn from the Regional Qualifiers. The North America & Caribbean Qualifier will be contested by USA, Canada, the 8 Caribbean countries and Mexico.
The Ottawa tournament is combined with the NACRA Caribbean Championships, including Mexico. Guyana are current Champions having won the tournament six years in succession and are clearly favourites to win the tournament and contest against Canada and the USA for the 2 Regional Qualifying World Cup places.
Qualifiers for Regional Championships and the 2013 Sevens World Cup are also taking place in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and Oceania. The 9 core teams already qualified for the tournament are Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, England, Russia, Wales, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa.
The Squad is as follows:
Dwayne Schroeder, Rickford Cummings, Cloyd Prowell, Vallon Adams, Peabo Hamilton, Claude Alexander, O’Neill Charles, Christopher Singh, Rondell McArthur, Cyon Kitt, Claudius Butts, Elwin Chase, Theodore Henry, Ryan Gonsalves, Walter George, Richard Staglon, Ronald Mayers, Avery Corbin, Breon Walks, Kester Lowe, Marvin Stephenson, Blaise Bailey, Lance Adonis, Carl Lewis, Akeem Fraser, Leon Greaves, Rupert Giles, Kevin McKenzie, Joseph Rahaman, Samuel Leach and Troy Bascom.