T&T 7s team off to Curacao
Friday, June 18th 2010
The Trinidad and Tobago National 7s rugby team travelled to Curacao yesterday to participate in the Bavaria Curacao Open 7s Rugby Tournament this weekend.
The T&T team is preparing for theÂ Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Games, which will be held in July in Puerto Rico. Rugby 7s will beÂ making its debut on the multi-sport games programme.
Curtis Nero, chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) selection committee, said theÂ ten players selected for Curacao are aware that the eight other palyers from the training squad who were not chosen are still in the ’running’ for CAC selection.
’Some players were omitted because of poor fitness test results.Â ThoseÂ players stillÂ have an opportuntiy to improve their fitness levels. There are three senior teamÂ debutants–Keishon WalkerÂ (Tobago RFC), Andrew Crooks (Trinidad Northern) and Joseph Quashie (Harvard/UTT).
’Wayne Kelly (Harvard/UTT) is the captain.Â It is the first time that he will be leading the national team. Players travelling to Curacao have an opportunity to convince the selectors that they haveÂ the fitness, focus, discipline and determination we want,’ said Nero.
Matthew Marine (Rainbow) will miss out after the speedy winger suffered an ankle dislocation playing for his club during last weekend’s National 7s Rugby Championship and will be in a cast for the next three weeks. Carib’s Abdeel Gilkes replaces Marine.
Two TTRFU clubs listed in the tournament schedule are Rainbow and Eastern Graduates. Teams from Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica, Venezuela, USA and Holland are also expected to participate.
1. Wayne Kelly (Harvard/UTT) (Captain),
2. Graeme Alkins (Caribs), 3. Kurt Quashie (Caribs), 4. Joseph Quashie (Harvard/UTT), 5. Kelson Figaro (Royalians), 6. Andrew Crooks (Trinidad Northern), 7. Ronald Silverthorne (Caribs), 8. Keishon Walker (Tobago RFC), 9. Jonathan O’Connor (Trinidad Northern), 10. Abdeel Giles (Caribs)
Curtis Nero-Team Manager; John Williams-Coach; Larry Mendez-Assistant Coach; Rajesh Dharrie-Maharaj