THE Guyana Rugby Football Union, (GRFU), has signalled its interest in participating in this year’s Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament, to be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands, October 16–17.
The event is open to all RAN members and will also act as a qualification tournament for the World Rugby Challenger Series, which is scheduled for 2022.
The Guyana Rugby team, popularly known across the Caribbean as the ‘Green Machine’ will be looking to exact revenge on archrivals Jamaica, who bested them in the last tournament.
President of the Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Ryan Dey, in a release, said preparation is being made for training to commence for eligible players.
According to Dey, the GRFU looks forward for the National COVID-19 Task Force to green-light local competition, in preparation for the much-anticipated regional tournament.
Presidents and coaches of the local clubs are asked to submit the names of five eligible players to the GRFU, by next Friday.
The event marks the first international competition hosted by RAN since the Women’s 10s and Men’s Under-19 in Barbados in July 2019 and the 2020 RAN Beach 5s in Hollywood Beach Florida last January.
The 2019 RF Group RAN Sevens was held in Georgetown, Cayman Islands and also acted as a qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games (Men) and repechage (Men and Women). In the men’s competition, Canada defeated Jamaica while Mexico narrowly edged Jamaica in the women’s event.