Cayman to play in North American/West Indies Sevens

The Cayman Rugby Union announces it’s Squad to compete in the North American West Indies Rugby Association Sevens to be held in Barbados November 19th and 20th, 2005.

All of the Caribbean Unions as well as Canada and the USA are invited to send teams to the tournament which every three years doubles as the World Cup of Sevens qualifiers, the next time that will happen is 2007. Cayman will be competing against National teams from Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad, Mexico, St Lucia, St Vincent, Bahamas, BVI, Jamaica, Canada and the USA.

This competition also has a special meaning to the Union and Cayman Junior Rugby Development Fund in that it is the first time in the Unions history that such a young and inexperienced team will be taken overseas to represent the country. It is all part of the development plan that will see the second Rugby Academy come into action in January of 2006. These young players will be immersed in the highest levels of Rugby played in the region, they will feel, touch and experience it first hand and then come away knowing what it will take to be able to win at these levels. They will then have eighteen months to two years to prepare to win the Regional qualifiers and head on to the World Cup in 2008. It is a lofty goal indeed. Apart from the two coaches the squad is comprised of three senior players, five of the 2003 Academy graduates and four of the 2005 Academy inductees with an average age of just twenty years.

Cayman roster:

Tim Rossiter (Captain) Age 29 Australian

Adrian Porter Age 34 English

Jonathan Doak Age 23 Caymanian

Stuart McMillan Age 18 Caymanian

Josh Clark Age 17 Caymanian

Mark Soto Age 19 Caymanian

Kramer Bell Age 16 Caymanian

Mathew Seales Age 19 Caymanian

Justin Vasquez Age 16 Caymanian

Eugene Pasqual Age 16 Filipino

Darren Montague Age 16 Caymanian

Mike Mandersen Age 16 Caymanian

Jon Rew Coach

Richard Adams Coach

Currently the plan for the set up of the Academy once the players return is to have the coach from the Fijian National Sevens Champions Red Rock come to Cayman for six months and in conjunction with the local coaches set up, select players and develop the National sevens Academy Program.

Technical Director Richard Adams is pleased with the development of the program and excited to see some of the young talent leaving our shores to represent the Cayman Islands. ‘It has been a long time in the coming,’ said Adams. ‘Five years ago we started the programs in the schools and now we are seeing the players coming through the system and into the Academy and now the National sevens squad.

‘I have to be honest my expectations of the teams performance in terms of winning is not high but I am very excited to see how so many of our young Academy players can step up to this next level and then bring that education back with them and use it in their preparations for the next few years. I know I can count on my three senior players to produce and I think that we have the right balance to develop a very good side here. We plan on attending three more tournaments in the next eight months as well as having our coach here from Fiji who is a renowned world expert in the sevens game. Of course it is always a matter of funding but with the support of the International Rugby Board, the department of Sports and Education and our commercial sponsors I am confident that we can make this program a reality.’

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