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  • Healy (Bermuda): West Indies team headed for demise

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>Bermuda's top rugby sevens player has described the IRB's decision to axe the West Indies team from international competitions as "gut-wrenching".</strong></em></span> Tom Healy said he was very disappointed by the move, which means Bermudian players will no longer have the opportunity to play at the highest level. Healy, who was Bermuda's sole representative in West Indies side that played in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament last March, said the decision could lead to the demise of his team. He said: "The IRB series is the highlight of the West Indies Sevens team's calendar. "It is the only chance Caribbean-based players and Bermudian players get at playing at the highest level. "This decision in essence will lead to the demise of the West Indies rugby team. "And this all comes at a time when we are at our peak, given recent results in Hong Kong where we gave Kenya a good run for their money and competed well against fully professional players. "This is a huge body blow to us given how far we have come - this last year has been the best one we have had for a long time." Mr. Healy added: "As players we have to keep to our own strict regime of fitness and food - so that we keep in shape. "It's tough to do and we only get together for a few weeks every year to practice. "To find out that this has all been in vain is a real gut wrencher." Mr. Healy confirmed that the West Indies squad would be appealing against the decision - but he said he did not hold much hope. "The IRB would not have made this decision if they had any thought of going back on it. That is the simple facts of the situation. "In the long run this could have a huge effect on rugby in Bermuda and the Caribbean -­ I know that if I didn't have the opportunity to play in competitions we have played in over the last few years I would not have pushed myself. "And I'm sure it will be the same for other younger players. "This decision by the IRB could signal the end of the West Indies rugby sevens team." The West Indies current coach, Joe Whipple, said: "The aspect of this decision that brings me the greatest sadness is will the next generations of players be lost when they have so much to offer. He added: "Although the IRB's decision was relayed by North America Caribbean Rugby Association there was no consultation with the NACRA executive or more particularly, the elected West Indies representatives. "Personally, this process is troubling as it does not follow the ideals of the Olympic spirit which embraces the democratic process." Source: <a href="http://www.bermudasun.bm/main.asp?SectionID=8&amp;SubSectionID=203&amp;ArticleID=43263">Bermuda Sun</a>

     
  • Guyana - Claudius Butts: The Caribbean's best winger

    <br /> <br /> <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Though his name may not sound intimidating, Claudius Butts' mere presence on the rugby field has been known to send a shiver down the spines of many a rugby football coach and their players throughout the region.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>While fellow team-mate and close colleague, Theodore Henry, is viewed as a coach's dream for his versatility, Butts can be considered an opposing coach's nightmare.</em><br /> <br /> In just seven years, this former national sprinter has managed to combine lightning quickness with determination and unmatched aggression.<br /> The result is a deadly offensive weapon even against some of the best defence in the business.<br /> Regional coaches will fear no more Butts' skill as his extraordinary talent will be on their side since he has been appointed captain of the West Indies Rugby Team which will compete in the 2008 Sevens World Series in San Diego, California next month.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Butts is the first Guyanese to receive such an esteemed honour in several decades and follows in the footsteps of Guyana's only other West Indies rugby captain John Lewis.<br /> <br /> He attributes his third consecutive selection to the Rugby West Indies Team to the intense training over the past three years which ensured that he had a permanent position on the team - a prerequisite to gaining experience on the international circuit.<br /> <br /> His goal - to further his career by playing in Europe sometime in the near future.<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" /> "One the greatest disappointments that I have suffered in my career was when I was listed as a reserve in 2006 for the West Indies Rugby Team, which I eventually made since one of the twelve players who was named for the squad got injured," he recalled.<br /> "I felt that I had deserved the selection from the beginning so, afterwards, I worked extremely hard so that my selection would no longer be questionable and I guess that determination to become better has made be gain the captaincy." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Long before he dreamed of signing a contract to play in the European league, Butts tried his luck with other sports including basketball and track and field.<br /> <br /> While he may not have made it at the international level, as he did in rugby, Butt's was fast enough to sprint his way to a gold and silver medal at the 1998 Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) National Schools Track and Field Champion-ships in the 100 and 200m respectively.<br /> <br /> While he was still at the Under-19 level, Henry, who had recently started playing, urged him to come along pointing out that his speed would be a tremendous asset in the sport.<br /> <br /> Butts took the advice and within months became a member of the National U-19 team.<br /> <br /> After showing immediate progress, Butts was also among the few elite selected to join the national senior team while still a junior.<br /> <br /> As a member of the Yamaha Caribs team, he trained relentlessly while being advised by coach, Sherlock Solomon, and Henry, and earned a permanent position on the senior national squad.<br /> <br /> Although he is more than capable of playing in the centre position, he found himself as a winger and has developed an uncanny ability for scoring tries.<br /> <br /> In less than seven years he has collected many MVP awards and most tries awards in local tournaments and has participated in the 2004 and 2005 World Cup qualifiers.<br /> <br /> Also on his impressive resume, is a try he scored in the 2007 IRB Sevens World Series in San Diego against Fiji, currently rated among the best, if not the best nation at the discipline.<br /> <br /> Though that was certainly a career defining moment, he considers it second to Guyana's first victory at the NAWIRA Sevens Champion-ship in 2006 where he scored three tries in Guyana's blowout victory over Jamaica.<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" /> "The first time we won the NAWIRA championships was the best moment in my career and probably the most fulfilling feeling that I have ever experienced.<br /> "That year, all the other teams looked at Guyana as a push over, as if we were the easiest team to beat and I think we made it even sweeter when we shocked everyone by going all the way and beating Jamaica in the finals which made us gain respect going into the next year." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Over his seven-year career he has developed an addiction for the sport and said that he will continue to improve until he is at his best.<br /> <br /> When he was going through tough moments early in his career, he always received encouragement from his late, great grandmother, Evelyn Gravesande, who always motivated him to keep going and his uncle Frank Lovell.<br /> <br /> Butts says that he is still actively involved in other sports, not only because he wants to attain a superior fitness level but also to be able to function effectively as an offensive threat as well as uphold his responsibilities as captain of the West Indies Rugby Squad. <br /> […]

     
  • Guyana RFU to embark on comprehensive four-year programme

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Guyana bids to host women's regional tournament; wants own ground and club house</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>The Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) will shortly embark on a comprehensive four-year programme which will include bidding to host a major regional women's tournament, acquiring its own ground and administrative office and working towards qualifying for the 2009 World Cup Sevens championships in Dubai.</em><br /> <br /> President of the GRFU, Noel Adonis, in an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport, said that 2008 would be a hectic year for local players and officials which will get cracking as early as February when at least five local players named on a West Indies 12-man team travel to San Diego, United States of America (USA) for the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Seven Series.<br /> <br /> The five players, Albert La Rose, Claudius Butts, Theodore Henry, Kevin McKenzie and Richard Staglon, were this week named to the regional team following their successful showing at the North American and West Indies Association (NAWIRA) Sevens championships in the Bahamas recently and subsequent trial sessions in Trinidad.<br /> <br /> Two Guyanese players Ronald Mayers and Dane Park were also named as reserves. According to Adonis, the local body has submitted a bid to host the regional women's 15-a-side tournament in May 2008 and he noted that it would be a significant step towards the development of women's rugby in Guyana and the wider Caribbean region. <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" /> "We have put in a bid to host the regional women's tournament and it will be an achievement not only for rugby but also for women's sport in Guyana in general and a significant in the wider Caribbean region," </p></blockquote> Adonis said.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> He said that this year the GRFU had worked on formulating its four-year plan in keeping with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and some of the key areas will be the acquisition of a rugby ground and club house as part of a short to long-term plan.<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" /> "While we have access to the National Park rugby field it is still not a ground dedicated to rugby alone, we have to compete with others so we are now in the process of identifying a ground. We also want to establish a club house and office." </p></blockquote> The top rugby official disclosed.<br /> <br /> Adonis said that Sevens matches were very popular and the soon-to-be-acquired ground must be large enough to hold two fields so that matches could be played simultaneously. Asked if the proposed venue would be located in Georgetown, Adonis said that it may not necessarily be located in the city but what was needed was close access. Guyana's men rugby Seven's team, two-time winners of the NAWIRA Sevens tournament, will be looking to be third time lucky at next year's tournament which has at stake places for the top two teams to represent the region at the Sevens World Cup in Dubai in 2009.<br /> <br /> Adonis admitted that it would be a tough task for the local players as the United States and Canada would be sending full strength teams but opined that the Guyanese players would be equal to the task.<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" /> "The local players were a step above all the other teams in technique and physical condition at this year's competition in the Bahamas," </p></blockquote> he pointed out.<br /> <br /> Guyana men's teams are expected to also participate in the Regional 15s tournament in the Cayman Islands - qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the Under-20 World Cup qualification series in July at a venue to be decided and the Carib Sevens in Trinidad and Tobago in December, all of which are major tournaments on next year's regional circuit. According to Adonis, 2007 was a very successful year for the GRFU with the men's team winning the NAWIRA Sevens, while the junior squad just missed out on qualifying for the Junior World Cup following a close final with Jamaica where they lost in a penalty shootout.<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" /> "The women did not perform so well in the Seven's tournament in The Bahamas, they played well on the first day but fell away on the second day. So we have to work on the fitness level and build on the players' confidence for future tournaments," </p></blockquote> Adonis said.<br /> <br /> It was also a successful year for the officials with Alton Agard attending a one-month coaching development programme in the United Kingdom where he was exposed to coaching university and school teams and differently-abled children during his stay.<br /> <br /> National senior coach, Sherlock Solomon, attended a one-month IRB Staff Development Course in the Cayman Islands, top local rugby referees instructor, Terrence Grant, attended a Referees Educators Course in Canada in November where he was successful, while referee, Conrad Arjoon, was involved in a two-day workshop for officials prior to the Sevens tournament in Nassau. Local referees and touch judges were also exposed to a workshop organized by the GRFU.<br /> <br /> The GRFU also hosted two student coaches from the United Kingdom for six weeks and hosted Caribbean Cougars rugby team from the United States and Trinidad and Tobago Enthusiasts in capping off a successful 2007.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl/article_sports?id=56535585" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Stabroek News (Guyana)</strong></font></u></a><br />

     
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  • English Rugby Player in WI team

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>English-born Bevon Armitage has been included in the West Indies Sevens Rugby Team for the Sevens World Series Tournament next year.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Armitage who plays for Esher in National League One, is a member of a well-known rugby family in England.</em><br /> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Bevon.PNG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="341" height="438" alt="" /></div><br /> His brothers Deleon and Steffon play for London Irish in the Guinness Premier League while another sibling Guy is also on the books of London Irish. <br /> Armitage whose mother Verna is Trinidadian declared his interest in playing for the twin-island republic earlier this year. <br /> <br /> The West Indies Rugby Union (WIRU) announced a 12-member squad for the International Rugby Board’s Sevens World Series tournament which will be held February 9-10 next year in San Diego, California, United States. Players were selected following the NAWIRA Sevens tournament will enter a mini-camp in Trinidad and the Carib Beer Trinidad and Tobago sevens. <br /> <br /> <strong>Team:</strong> Jeremico Cooper (Bahamas), Claudius Butts (Guyana), Kevin McKenzie, Richard Staglon, Theodore Henry, Albert La Rose, Andre Carbera (TT), Kelson Figaro, Bevon Armitage, Elroy Graham (Jamaica), Donald Walters, Kurt Johnson (Barbados)<br /> <br /> <strong>Reserves:</strong> Giovanni Rolle (Bahamas), Ronald Mayers (Guyana), Dane Parks, Nicholas Pusey (Jamaica), Jason Clarke (TT).<br /> <br /> <strong>Comment:</strong> <em>If you're going international, why not pick his brothers, Delon (winger) and Steffon Armitage (Flanker) who are both first team players for <a href="http://www.london-irish.com/Team/1st_XV/" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>London Irish.</strong></font></u></a> In fact, if you try hard enough, you could probably bypass the Caribben altogether. Ring any bells, Barbados….. - Ed</em><br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,70219.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Newsday, T&amp;T</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • West Indies Sevens Squad Selected

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>From Joe Wipple,<br /> West Indies Head Coach/Chairman of Selectors</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>I am please to announce the Rugby West Indies squad for the USA Sevens tournament in San Diego in 2008. </em><br /> <br /> The players competed for the 12 travelling and 5 non-travelling (reserve) spots in the NAWIRA 7s tournament in Nassau, the Trinidad mini camp and the Trinidad 7s. We had 22 players in our camp in Trinidad and every one of them gave a very good account of themselves. In some cases, experience prevailed over youth and in others the fitness of some was not quite up to the standard required for the next level.<br /> I am confident that we will see all of these 22 compete for the West Indies in the future, provided they put forth the effort. We expect to compete in more tournaments this year and we will be looking at additional players for these tournaments. Our basic selection criteria remain: a good level of fitness, strong in the tackle, able to play the team pattern and demonstrating good ball handling skills.<br /> I thank our selectors:<br /> Noel Adonis (Guyana)<br /> Victor Hyder (Jamaica)<br /> Curtis Nero (Trinidad)<br /> Dave Mays (Cayman)<br /> Spenser Robinson (Technical Director)<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Our expectation going forward is that these players will work very hard on their fitness and skills. They will be ready for an intense training camp in Barbados and San Diego in the build-up to the USA Sevens. They have been given fitness programmes to undertake and it is their personal responsibility to undertake the work required. I congratulate these WARRIORS for their commitment and dedication to excellence. They understand that “Good is not Good Enough”.<br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#FF0000"><strong>The Squad*</strong></font><table align="" width="240" border="2"><tr><td>1. Claudius Butts</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 2. Kevin McKenzie</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 3. Richard Staglon</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 4. Theo Henry</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 5. Albert LaRose</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 6. Andre Carbera</td><td> Trinidad</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 7. Kelson Figaro</td><td> Trinidad</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 8. Bevon Armitage</td><td> Trinidad</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 9. Elroy Graham</td><td> Jamaica</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 10. Donald Walters</td><td> Jamaica</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 11. <strong>Jeremico Cooper</strong></td><td> <strong>Bahamas</strong></td></tr><tr><td><br /> 12. Kurt Johnson</td><td> Barbados</td></tr></table></div><br /> <br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#FF0000"><strong>Non-Travelling Reserves</strong></font><table align="" width="240" border="2"><tr><td>13. Ron Myers</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 14. David Parks</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 15. <strong>Giovanni Rolle</strong></td><td> <strong>Bahamas</strong></td></tr><tr><td><br /> […]

     
  • NAWIRA 7s 2007 in Pictures - Part 5

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Thanks to Jennifer O'Neill for these photographs.</strong></font><br /> <br /> I've reduced the quality of the images considerably in order to present them here and these don't do Jen's photography justice. However, if you'd like a full quality ( 4.5MB ) copy of any of the pictures below, please contact me: <font color="#0000CC"><strong>ely@rugbybahamas.com</strong></font>, quoting the <em>image ID number</em>.<br /> <br /> There are 150 pictures in total and I've put them in groups of 30, in chronological order of games throughout the two days. This is the fifth set.<br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#009900"><strong><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0297.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="248" alt="" /> DSC0297<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0303.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="210" alt="" /> DSC0303<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0321.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="388" height="286" alt="" /> DSC0321</strong></font></div><br /> <!–more–><br /> <div align="center"><font color="#009900"><strong><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0288.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="240" alt="" /> DSC0288<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0289.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="215" alt="" /> DSC0289<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0290.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="244" alt="" /> DSC0290<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0291.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="179" alt="" /> DSC0291<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0292.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="208" alt="" /> DSC0292<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0293.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0293<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0295.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="299" height="328" alt="" /> DSC0295<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0296.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0296<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0298.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="169" alt="" /> DSC0298<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0299.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="283" alt="" /> DSC0299<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0300.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="259" alt="" /> DSC0300<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0304.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0304<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0305.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="385" height="167" alt="" /> DSC0305<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0310.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="288" alt="" /> DSC0310<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0317.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="300" alt="" /> DSC0317<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0318.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="165" alt="" /> DSC0318<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0319.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="300" alt="" /> DSC0319<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0320.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="300" alt="" /> DSC0320<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0322.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="266" alt="" /> DSC0322<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0323.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="331" height="214" alt="" /> DSC0323<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0325.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="286" alt="" /> DSC0325<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0326.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="351" height="238" alt="" /> DSC0326<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0327.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0327<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0328.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="341" height="253" alt="" /> DSC0328</strong></font></div><br /> <br /> Links to the other pictures:<br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/18/title_1463" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 1</strong></font></u></a><br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/19/nawira_7s_2007_in_pictures_part_2" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 2</strong></font></u></a><br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/19/nawira_7s_2007_in_pictures_part_3" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 3</strong></font></u></a><br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/19/nawira_7s_2007_in_pictures_part_4" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 4</strong></font></u></a><br />

     
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