The Cayman National Women’s squad is in Texas this weekend to take part in the inaugural Celebration 7s Women’s Rugby tournament.
They will come up against the best women’s club teams from across the South Western United States, several of whom can boast USA Eagle national team players in their ranks.
This will be an ideal test for the Cayman squad building towards the Central America and Caribbean Games and the NACRA 7s in Mexico at the end of the year.
Cayman is taking a large squad comprising of many of the names familiar to those who follow the Cayman national team. The ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
Jodie McTaggart, the Kirk Freeport All Diamonds captain, has been selected to lead the side on this tour, with Shenel Gall as vice-captain.
Gall, better known for her exploits on a soccer field, continues to grow in her new chosen sport and big things are expected of her.
Gall is currently the joint leading scorer in the Elite Marble & Granite Women’s 7s league with three tries, along with Laura Willighan and Marline Williams who are also travelling to Texas.
Cassianne Lawrence who has crossed over from basketball into rugby this year is in fine form in the new league and will certainly be another to watch in this tournament along with other standouts Chynae Samuels, Jenna Richards and Biannca Johnson.
Cayman will play a tough schedule of five games on Saturday against the Allen Griffins, the Dallas LadyQuins, Denton, Little Rock Stormers and the University of Texas Longhorns.
Head coach James Buckley said, “This will be a great test for our girls. We’ve been working very hard for a few months now and the girls have come on leaps and bounds. This tour is well timed and gives us an opportunity to benchmark ourselves against some decent USA clubs sides as we build towards bigger things in November.”