[www.inewsguyana.com] – Teams are gearing up to participate in the 2014 Banks DIH Seven’s Rugby tournament set for Sunday, September 21 at the National Park Rugby field.
While teams will be looking for a title win when the competition starts, the local ruggers will also be aiming to impress the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GFRU) in the hope of making the national team set to participate in the NACRA championships later this year.
President of the GFRU, Peter Green was high on what the tournament will deliver come Sunday.
“Well for the Banks tournament my expectations are very high because as you can see the players are training very hard.
“This commences the road to Mexico where Guyana Rugby team will be aspiring to get back the trophies and the titles that we have won for the better part of the last six years,” Green noted.
Further, Green highlighted just how tough it would be to make the national side. “It’s actually 12 players and with the overseas players coming and expected to take up about seven to eight, competition for the remaining places will be hard.
“Now it’s not that I want to bring all of the overseas players but the hard fact remains, if you are going to be representing your country at the national level, this high level with the stakes very high, you have got to use your best resources no matter what it costs,” Green quipped.
Meanwhile, the Pepsi Hornets will be heading into the Seven’s tournament on a high as explained by captain Ryan Gonsalves.
“Seven is for the quick and the dead but as for my team, I think we’re looking pretty good, we just have to get ourselves back into sevens mode because we have been playing 15’s and 10’s for a few months now.
“Sevens is a very tough game and calls for fitness, we just came off a good tournament and we will use that as momentum heading into the seven’s,” Gonsalves highlighted.
The tournament will begin from 12:00hrs on Sunday and is expected to conclude at 17:00hrs at the Rugby field in the National Park.