THE Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), has practically come up trumps in the final hour to ensure the National men’s Rugby Sevens team, ‘Green Machine’, competes at this weekend’s Rugby Americas North (RAN) Championship in Turks and Caicos.
Their outstanding airfare expenses were covered by the GOA and according to GOA president K.A Juman-Yassin, the support to the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) is to a tune of just under G$1M.
The GOA head wished the team its best and hope they do well and in response GRFU’s senior vice-president, Joshua Griffith, thanked GOA for the timely donation and said they will aim to fulfil the endeavours of Juman-Yassin with a solid performance.
GRFU secretary Terrence Grant revealed the GRFU was short US$5 400 for the airfare but with $1.2M from the National Sports Commission and now GOA, they have covered that and other expenses.
The Guyanese open their campaign on Saturday at noon against Belize, followed by a clash against Bermuda from 14:15hrs.
After day one, the top two teams from each of the three pools will advance to the Cup competition, while the bottom teams will play for the Plate on day two.
Head coach Theodore Henry had stated their aim is to ensure they are part of the top four sides, as from there, possibilities are endless for the seven-time champions, who last tasted champion success in 2016.
The tournament also acts as a qualifier for next year’s World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, with the winning side gaining the opportunity to compete for the 16th and final spot on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series.
‘Green Machine’ Squad: Jamal Angus (captain), Godfrey Broomes, Rondell Mcarthur, Osei McKenzie, Fabian Joseph, Lancelot Adonis, Peabo Hamilton, Avery Corbin, Oneil Charles, Johnathon Garnett, Lionel Holder and Tyrese Prescod.
Management: George David (manager), Theodore Henry (head coach) and Akeem Fraser (physiotherapist).