WITH qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil being a priority, the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) will prepare for its busiest year on the International circuit. The union had previously said that 2014 was by far its most successful time in the sport, the team having won the NACRA 15s title for the first time – their win over the USA – followed by claiming the 7s title for the sixth time, the most by any regional side.
Guyana will go into defence mode, starting March 7 when they head to Barbados to play the men from the Land of the Flying Fish in the first leg of their NACRA 15s Championships.
The Green Machine, as they are popularly known, will then head to the Twin Island Republic to face the Trinidadians in another clash in 15s Rugby.
In preparation for the NACRA 7s title defence, Guyana will head to Hong Kong to play in the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, featuring the world’s top rugby-playing nations.
Guyana then will focus their attention on not only winning their seventh NACRA title, but also booking a spot at the Olympic Games in Rio Brazil after the qualifiers from June 13 to 14 in North Carolina USA.
President of the Union, Peter Green, said that their busy year will cost them US$100 000 of which, they have been promised $50 000 from a source while they (GRFU) will turn to the Government of Guyana and the GOA to step in, just like they did last year.
Green pledged that the Union will ensure that Guyana are properly prepared and trained to compete at the highest level of World Rugby, hence they have solicited the services of Technical Director Englishman Angus Thomson.