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<font color="#FF0000"><strong>Dan Woodside Makes Final Cut For Rugby World Series</strong></font><br />
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<em>In just under half a year young, talented Androsian <strong>Devon “Dan” Woodside</strong> has gone from being just a modest fisherman to selection on the Rugby West Indies Sevens Team (RWIST).</em><br />
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Last August, the Bahamas Rugby and Football Union plucked Woodside out of Andros and sent him to play in a semi pro league in England.<br />
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That playing exposure paid off as the 23-year-old over the weekend passed the final set of trials to make the RWIST at a training camp, held in Trinidad and Tobago.<br />
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Much of Woodside’s success can be attributed to the training gained earlier on in the BRFU’s Youth programme.<br />
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RWIST Team Manager Trinidadian <strong>Curtis Nero</strong> announced Woodside made the team Sunday in Trinidad.<br />
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The RWIST is expected to represent the West Indies Rugby Union at the International Rugby Board ( IRB ) Sevens World Series Tournament in San Diego, California, February 10-11.<br />
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The 12-member team is made up of other outstanding Caribbean rugby players.<br />
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The team includes Antonio Gibbons (Barbados), Kurt Johnson (Barbados), Kevin Mackenzie (Guyana), Albert Larose (Guyana), Claudius Butts (Guyana), Theo Henry (Guyana), Tom Healy, (Bermuda), Derek Hurdle (Bermuda), Graeme Alkins (Trinidad), Jason Clarke (Trinidad) and Kelson Figuero (Trinidad).<br />
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The traveling reserve is Andre Carbera from Trinidad and the non-traveling reserves are Nyuen Franco (Trinidad) and Richard Staglon (Guyana).<br />
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The selected players had to satisfy stringent fitness requirements essential for competitive rugby on the world stage prior to being considered for selection.<br />
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The players will return from Trinidad to their respective countries and remain in full training until the team gathers again in Trinidad and Tobago to leave the Caribbean on February 5.<br />
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The team will undergo a week of training in San Diego ahead of the tournament kick-off.<br />
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The RWIST is in Pool A with Fiji, Argentina and Scotland. The Caribbean team is scheduled to go up against Argentina in its opening game.<br />
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Conyers Dill &amp; Pearman of Bermuda and the Butterfield Bank based in The Bahamas sponsor the West Indies Team<br />
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The International Rugby Board and host Union, USA, contribute the full cost of travel and accommodation for the team’s participation at a cost of over US$30,000.<br />
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On the local rugby scene the standings in the BRFU leagues up to Friday are as below.<br />
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Source: Dahalia Smithin <a href="http://news.bahamianyellowpages.com/2007/01/24/dan-woodside-makes-final-cut-for-rugby-world-series-2/" target="_blank"><u><strong><font color="#0000CC">The Bahama Journal</font></strong></u></a><br />
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