The Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) has announced the names of the National Sevens Team to
compete in the Rugby USA, Las Vegas Invitational Sevens which will be played from February 9-11 in the USA.
According to a release from the Union, the Series will be used as preparation for the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong to be staged from March 23 – 25, 2012.
Guyana’s participation at the Las Vegas event should provide the Guyana team with the elite level competition essential to improve their chances of doing well at the Hong Kong Sevens.
The players selected are: Theodore Henry, Richard Staglon, Rupert Giles, Valon Adams, Dwayne Schroeder, Ryan Gonsalves, Rickford Cummings, Ryan Hinckson, Claudius Butts, Ronald Mayers, Elwin Chase and Peabo Hamilton, while the reserves are Walter George, Troy Bascom and Avery Corbin and Rodwell Hutson
The three officials that will be travelling with the team are: Robin Roberts – Team Manager, Barrington Browne – Physiotherapist and Kenneth Grant-Stuart – Asst. Coach.
Meanwhile, President Donald Ramotar presented a cheque to the amount of $5M to the GRFU recently to ensure Guyana’s participation in the Las Vegas competition.
The International Rugby Board (iRB) has introduced a “transitional qualification process” to qualify three new teams from the six Rugby Regional Associations (Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, Oceania, North America and the Caribbean) to join the twelve Core Teams in the SWS plus one iRB invitational team to comprise a sixteen-team tournament.
The Qualification Tournament will be introduced for the first time at the Hong Kong 2012 HSBC Sevens World Series.
Guyana and Canada will represent the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association. Rugby USA is a Core Team, while the participating teams in the Qualification Tournament are: Hong Kong, Japan, China, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Zimbabwe, Uruguay, Tonga, Canada and Guyana.
The twelve Core Teams are Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, England, France, Australia, Whales, Samoa, Argentina, USA, Scotland and Kenya.
Beginning with the 2013 Sevens World Series, a promotion and relegation process will be implemented each year providing the opportunity for new teams to qualify.
The Sevens World Series will now become one of the tournament pathways for qualification for the twelve team Rugby Sevens competition at the 2016 Olympics to take place in Brazil.
Guyana is, therefore, the first Caribbean country to qualify for the Hong Kong Sevens World Series Qualification Tournament with an opportunity to qualify as a future Core Team providing a pathway to the Olympic Games.
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