TT’s senior women’s team, a natural contender for the title, will open its account at the 2019 Rugby Americas North (RAN) Superweek, at Bellevue Plantation, Barbados, today.
The team, which includes several players attached to the long-unbeaten local Police women’s rugby team, will compete in a ten-a-side format.
The squad, however, is considered by selectors to be a developmental team, as several of the team’s best players are preparing for the 2019 Pan American Games, which takes place in Lima, Peru, later this month.
The women face Curacao in their first test this morning, followed by matches against St Lucia and USA South later today. They will battle in either the plate or cup matches tomorrow, depending on today’s performances.
Meanwhile, the TT’s Under-19 team got off to a slow start in the 15-a-side U-19 men’s competition, losing to regional powerhouse, Mexico, yesterday morning.
Mexico scored four unanswered tries–two of which were converted–to win the match 24-0. TT took on Cayman Islands in their second match in the afternoon, but both teams played to a 5-5 draw after a score-less first half.
In order for the TT men to progress, they will need against Curacao in both teams’ closing group match today, while Mexico will need to beat Cayman Islands.
Curacao lost both their matches yesterday, firstly 31-0 to Cayman Islands and then a humiliating 86-0 loss to Mexico.
The top two teams in the two group will advance to the cup semifinals. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with the men’s plate and cup finals. The two-day women’s tournament will conclude tomorrow.
TT Men’s Under-19 15s squad:
Mikhael Aberdeen, Isaiah Ayers, Che Bacchus, Kayode Barrington, Kefentse Barrington, Nikolai Christopher, Shaydon Delaney, Askari Dawud, K’Jaro Francis, Jahreem George, Donte Hazzard, Che Kidney, Clayton Knott, Kyle Look Hong, Yohance Moore, Nicholas Navarro, Antonio Pascall, Zephan Pathron, Raheem Phillip, Jabari Pinder, Andrew Quash, Maalik Rayside, Lakshman Seepersad, Jaydn Small, Johnathon Stewart, Jonathan Taylor, Judah Wilson and Jabari Young.
Staff: Jerome Poon Tip (coach), Don Sucre (assistant coach), Quentin Lyder-Baptiste (manager), Graham Chin (assistant manager), Dennis Serrette (physio).
Women’s senior 10s squad:
Zakiya Belle, Teresita Dillon, Talitha Forde, Imanuel Francis, Venice Frederick, Ornella George, Deniqua Gordon, Calisha Harry, Jade Husbands, Falina Jack, Tandia Jack, Amartis Jawahir, Judelle Noel and Arissa Romany.
Staff: Don Sucre (coach), Shari Parsons (manager) and Derek Ashby-Williams (fitness coordinator).