Cayman’s rugby sevens side is bristling with confidence after a perfect build up to this weekend’s Caribbean Championships in Nassau.
Their biggest sponsors are Cable & Wireless. Cayman have a tough task but skipper Rob Aspinall is confident they can do well under coach Dave Mays who is admirably backed up by technical director Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams.
Aspinall said: ‘We’ve done a lot of hard work and we’re very excited. There’s a lot of capability. So we’re looking forward to it. We’re hoping for a top of the table finish because we’re a strong team despite a few injuries and we’re there to win it, I wouldn’t be going otherwise.’
They leave today to play in one of the most exciting tournaments in the region. Sevens is a wonderful spectacle with its amazing runs and dramatic come from behind incidents. It tests players’ overall fitness like few other sports. In the blazing heat of Bahamas, stamina will be just as important as speed and tactical nous.
The 12 teams drawn in three pools will contest the men’s championships with defending champions Guyana in Pool A along with Mexico, Barbados and Turks and Caicos.
Cayman are grouped in Pool B with the second-ranked Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and hosts Bahamas. Pool C comprises Bermuda, USA, Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The top two teams will advance to the Cup round with the losers going on to the Plate round.
The five-team women’s competition will be played on a double round-robin format with favourites Guyana facing USA, Canada, Jamaica and Trinidad in that order.
Cayman played in the Caribbean Championships last year in Barbados and went out early. Fitter and better prepared this time, they’re confident of giving a good account of themselves.