Rugby fans get a two-day treat this weekend with the staging of the biggest seven-a-side tournament in the region.
The SteppingStones North American and Caribbean Rugby Association Rugby Sevens tournament is at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday and Sunday.
Twelve countries hope to reach the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow, CACSO games in Vera Cruz, Mexico, and the HSBC World Sevens Series Hong Kong in 2014. Canada and the United States are sending their Olympic development men’s and women’s teams.
Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, BVI, Curacao, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago are the other visiting teams.
Cayman play the mighty Americans first, then Trinidad and Tobago before facing Curacao.
The youth policy that Cayman developed some years ago has produced some outstanding players, including Robbie Cribb, Joel and Josh Clark, Paul and Ed Westin, Morgan Hayward, Garrett Connolly and Alex Harvey. Cayman rugby technical director Richard “Grizz” Adams said on Wednesday: “The guys are very focused and training well as the squad becomes smaller and more concentrated.
“The skill levels are improving and the fitness starting to show through. All the squad have made massive improvements and selection has been a real headache to get from 29 players down to 14.
“We still have to name the final 12 and are waiting on a late fitness test on Kramer Bell who has a damaged foot.”
Tickets have sold well and they expect a full house with plenty of voal support.
“The support of the Cayman people in our home stadium where we have done so well in recent years cannot be underestimated,” Grizz said. “Teams are intimidated by the sheer enormity of our support and the noise generated by the Cayman supporters at Truman Bodden is massive.”
CAYMAN SQUAD: Josh Clark, Joel Clark, Chris Kennedy, Richard Lewis, Morgan Hayward, Alex Harvey, Kramer Bell, Alex Pineau, Chris Palmer, Garrett Connolly, Jon Murphy, Ed Westin, Paul Westin, Robbie Cribb.
Twelve countries hope to reach the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow, CACSO games in Vera Cruz, Mexico, and the HSBC World Sevens Series Hong Kong in 2014.