Tag: nawira rugby

  • Trinidad - Lewis: Ban on lawmen a backward step for sport

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Brian Lewis, secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) has described Commissioner of Police Trevor Paul’s decision to recall all officers given leave to participate in sports as “a backward step for sport.”</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Although he acknowledged the issue of crime was a serious one, Lewis argued that participation in sport is a constructive activity and “not just a game.”</em><br /> <br /> He noted that the 2008 rugby season begins in June and he is concerned about how the commissioner’s ban would affect the league since the Police Sports Club is a member of the league since its founding in 1978.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “I would hope that there would be some reconsideration of this stance by then,” Lewis said.<br /> “We are not at a level where sport is viewed as a critical component in TT society, people still believe that sport is frivolous,” he argued. </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> The TTRFU secretary compared the situation to that of a child preparing to write an exam but is banned by their parent from participating in sport.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Lewis questioned whether officers who are involved in cultural activities will also be suspended from engaging in such activities.<br /> <br /> Lewis charged that the top cop does not understand the role sport plays in society. He said Larry Mendez who is a local rugby official and a member of the police service has been selected to officiate at the USA leg of the World Sevens Series in February but this new rule could jeopardise his career as an official.<br /> <br /> However, the Public Rela-tions Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board Garth Baptiste believes that the country should support the Commissioner in his plan.<br /> Baptiste stated that “the commissioner’s statement is in the national interest and this should take precedence over sport.”<br /> He believes that since the commissioner says he is short on manpower then he has the right to recall his men.<br /> <br /> The PRO explained that the Hockey Board would just have to make alterations to accommodate the Police team if they get to play at all.<br /> He noted that this would not be the first time that the Police team was excluded from playing sports due to their commitment at work but he believes that it is needed.<br /> <br /> Related Articles:<br /> <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22744755/" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>MSNBC: Trinidad officers forced to drop paid sports</strong></font></u></a><br /> <a href="http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,71782.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Newsday: Police cricketers drop out</strong></font></u></a><br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,71826.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Newsday</strong></font></u></a>

  • Guyana - Squad of 47 shortlisted for 15's qualifiers in April

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) has named 47 local rugby prospects to commence training for the NAWIRA 2011 Men's 15's qualifiers, which will be held in The Cayman Islands from April 19- 27.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Once successful in those qualifiers the Guyana side will be eligible for participation in the 2011 Rugby Men's 15's World Cup.</em><br /> <br /> President of the GRFU, Noel Adonis, said that the majority of the players who have been selected to be part of the preparatory session, had been part of the squad selected to attend the Caribbean Rugby Men's 15's in The Cayman Islands last August which was unfortunately cancelled due to the untimely occurence of Hurricane Dean in the region.<br /> Others he said gained selection on the basis of their performance in the 15's competition throughout the year.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The forty-seven players selected are: <em>Albert Larose, Alexander Atwell, Algernon Felix, Aluko Venture, Alwyn Etwah, Avery Corbin, Calton Yearwood, Christopher Singh, Claude Jackson, Claudius Butts, Clive Montouth, Cloyd Prowell, Cordell Carrington, Cordwell Reynolds, Dane Parks, Dellon Downer, Delroy Gordon, Dwanye Schroeder,Dwayne Thornhill, Elwin Chase, filon Thompson, Jason Allen, Jason Tyrell Jose, Felicien, Julio Gonzales, Kevin Mc Kenzie, Leon Greaves, Matteo Friends, Peobo, Hamilton, Rondell Williams, Richard Staglon, Robin Curtis, Roland D'Aguiar, Ronald Mayers, Ryan George, Satesh Samaroo, Shawzim Samad, Staurt May, Theordore Henry, Travis Eastman, Triston Fraites, Troy Arjoon, troy Bascom, Walter George and Wilfred Batson.</em><br /> <br /> National coach Sherlock Solomon will be in charge of the above listed players for next three months and will be assisted by Barrington Brown and coach of the Guyana Defence Force Rugby Team, Clinton Clarke.<br /> <br /> The player will have to undergo weight training at the Michael Parris Gym which officially began yesterday and will continue every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 for the next two to three weeks.<br /> After the weight training aspect of the training has been completed, shortlisted player will then take the field to showcase their strength, speed and ball handling skills on the field in hopes of being among the chosen twenty two players that will made up the final squad for the April qualifiers.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl/article_sports?id=56537473" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Stabroek News</strong></font></u></a>

  • NAWIRA Required Fitness Levels for Referees

    Upon request from all referees present at the recent NAWIRA Seven-s-Side Tournament in Nassau I have compiled a Fitness Chart for referees within NAWIRA (excluding USA &amp; Canada).<br /> It is important to stress that the chart depicts guidelines of fitness and are NOT meant to be restrictive in any way. Rather, the chart is meant to stimulate interest in the fitness aspect of refereeing I have tried to take into account the high degree of temperature and humidity within the region regarding the aerobic aspect of the fitness requirements and, therefore, my calculations may have to be adjusted according to feedback from unions and their match officials.<br /> <br /> Aside from the Leger 'Beep Test', all tests require a minimum of equipment (a measuring tape, a 400m track, and a stop watch). The Beep test requires an audio tape and player. (available from the Union).<br /> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/REfchart.PNG"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/NAWIRAFit.PNG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="292" height="131" alt="" /></a></div><br /> It is my hope that all referees will take up the challenge to determine how they stand with regard to fitness. But it is essential to point out that the scores represent the minimum fitness requirements only and referees should not make the tests a competition amongst themselves.<br /> I have included the iRB standards, with modification to scores to the 1600m Run. The iRB run is measured over 2400m but I have decided that it would be most unfair to include this distance in the fitness chart within The West Indies due to climate. However, for interest's sake, I have included the iRB standard for the 12 Minute Run Test (No doubt, the very fittest will take up this challenge). <br /> <br /> Within time it is hoped that fitness results may be incorporated in each certified referee's portfolio. But before then, I hope all referees will enjoy taking the challenge of measuring their fitness standards and, when necessary, planning a programme of training for improvement.<br /> <br /> Source: <font color="#0000CC"><strong>Roy Harvey (Director of Officials for NAWIRA)</strong></font>

  • Cayman Rugby Set for Busy 2008

    <br /> <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The New Year will see the CRFU embark on possibly the most demanding season since rugby became an organised national sport in the Cayman Islands back in 1971.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Probably the highlight of the year will be the NAWIRA qualifiers to be held over 19-27 April.</em><br /> <br /> The first major tournament of 2008 kicks off on 19 January with the first play in the annual Alex Alexander Memorial League Championship and Knock Out Shield, sponsored by the Waterford Private residence Club, which runs concurrently with the Women’s Rugby Season until the finals on 24 May.<br /> <br /> Other local competitions include the Maples &amp; Calder Outreach National Tournament starting on 9 February, the Cable &amp; Wireless Summer Sevens taking place between 6 September and 1 November, the RE/MAX Knackerfest over 7-9 November and the annual AR Scott Hurricane Tens beginning on 22 November.<br /> <br /> Training for the National XV’s Academy starts on 13 January and several other tournaments still have to be scheduled.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.caymannetnews.com/index.php?news_id=4426" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Cayman Net News</strong></font></u></a>

  • Canada look back on year of success

    <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/canadarug.gif" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="108" height="166" alt="" /><br /> <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Canadian head coach, Quentin Fyffe is happy with the performances of his team in 2007.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Fyffe, who was appointed in April, saw his team in action for the first time in August as they beat the USA twice, by 18-5 and 46-7 in the Can-Am Series in Blaine, Minnesota and was impressed with the standard of play and quality of players.</em><br /> <br /> In November, Canada traveled to the United Kingdom to compete against Scotland and Wales and claimed victory in both games, beating Scotland by a score of 45-3 prior to defeating Wales 25-3.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “In each game we played this year, we were able to field different starting teams and take a look at different combinations, without dropping our level of play,” said Fyffe.<br /> “There is healthy competition for every spot on this team. There are also a number of players who are still very much in the picture but didn’t get an opportunity to play, who are also pushing the program along.” </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Meanwhile the Canadian National Senior Women's Sevens squad, in its inaugural year, undertook a busy schedule in 2007, playing in five tournaments including the USA Sevens in San Diego (which they won), the Amsterdam Sevens, the Hong Kong Sevens and the Bahamas NAWIRA Sevens (also won) competitions.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “For a programme that has been in existence for just 12 months now, taking part in as many tournaments as we did and always having good performances against teams and unions who have fairly well-established sevens programmes, shows tremendous promise and potential,” </p></blockquote> said Sevens head coach Natascha Wesch.<br /> <br /> Throughout the year Wesch and her staff were able to work with more than fifty athletes to help them to develop their knowledge of the sevens game and all areas of performance from tactical, technical to physical and mental. The benefits of training and coaching such a large number of players in 2007 are clear as Canada sets its sites on qualifying this year for the 2009 IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens with what will undoubtedly be the strongest squad to date.<br /> <br /> Finally, the Canada Under 19 Women’s Team, led by Head Coach John Coumbe-Lilley, started and ended their 2007 season with tours to the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> In April, the touring Canadian squad took on the USA, England and Wales, all in the UK.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “Bouncing back from two defeats against England to win against Wales on the final day of our Easter tour was our biggest on-field success of 2007,” </p></blockquote>said Coumbe-Lilley.<br /> <br /> More recently, the squad went undefeated in England , beating Hertfordshire 41-5 and Berkshire/Buckinghamshire by an identical core before ending the tour with a 24-5 victory against Surrey/Sussex. <br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://womensrugbyreview.blogspot.com/2008/01/canada-look-back-on-year-of-success.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Women's Rugby Review</strong></font></u></a>

  • Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 Qualifier Process Set for Kick-Off

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The first qualifiers for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 will be confirmed this weekend when the qualification process gets under way in Punta del Este, Uruguay.</strong></font> <br /> <em>The CONSUR Tournament, which is the first of seven regional qualifiers to be played this year, will see one men’s and one women’s team confirm places at Rugby Sevens’ showpiece in Dubai.</em><br /> <br /> The two-day event, which kicks-off on Friday, sees hosts Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela compete for the one available qualification place in the men’s Tournament. They will also be joined by invitational team Argentina, who has already qualified for RWC Sevens 2009 courtesy of reaching the quarter-finals at RWC Sevens 2005 in Hong Kong.<br /> <br /> The women’s competition, which will be played on the same pitch as the men’s, will see Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Paraguay, compete for the title that will confirm a place at the Dubai Tournament in 2009.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irb.com/mm/Document/NewsMedia/0/071127ECCONSURRWCSevensqualifierformat_4222.pdf" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Click here to view the full CONSUR RWC7Q schedule</strong></font></u></a><br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Nine men’s teams are already guaranteed places at RWC Sevens 2009 (the eight quarter-finalists from 2005; Fiji, New Zealand, England, Australia, France, Scotland, Argentina and South Africa and Host Union, the Arabian Gulf), while a further 15 places will be filled via the regional qualifier structures.<br /> <br /> Three qualifiers will come from Africa, two from North America, one from South America, two from Asia, five from Europe and two from Oceania. This structure will guarantee the presence of some teams not regularly seen on the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.<br /> <br /> RWC Sevens 2009 will be the first Tournament to incorporate a women’s competition and all 16 women’s teams will be confirmed through the regional qualifier process. Two qualifiers will come from Africa, two from North America, one from South America, three from Asia, six from Europe and two from Oceania.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “For the Women’s Game the start of the regional qualifying process is an exciting development. In total 83 Unions will participate in Tournaments held across all six regions highlighting Rugby Sevens’ truly global appeal and the growing stature of the women’s Game,” </p></blockquote> said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.<br /> <br /> Following the opening Tournament in Uruguay, six further regional Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 qualifiers will be played:<br /> <br /> * FIRA-AER European qualifier (women’s) - Limoges – June 14/15<br /> * FIRA-AER European qualifier (men’s) Hanover – July 12/13<br /> <strong>* NAWIRA North American qualifier (men’s and women’s) – Bahamas - October 26/27</strong><br /> * ARFU Asian qualifier (men’s and women’s) TBC<br /> * CAR African qualifier (men’s and women’s) TBC<br /> * FORU Oceania qualifier (men’s and women’s) TBC<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “These regional qualifying Tournaments are a very exciting prospect, kick-starting an important year for Rugby Sevens. Coupled with the popular IRB Sevens World Series, the Tournaments will ensure that an unprecedented amount of elite level Rugby Sevens is played over the next 12 months,” added Lapasset. </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Source: <font color="#0000CC"><strong>IRB media release</strong></font>


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