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Men’s Sevens team off to Chile
The national men’s rugby 7s team will leave today for a one week training camp in Temuco, Chile.
The historic opportunity came by invitation from the Chile Olympic Committee and the Chile Rugby Football Union. Argentina, Chile and Peru are the other countries participating in the camp which will start on Wednesday and end on February 19. Argentina, one of the top rugby nations in world rugby will be coached by Nahuel Garcia and their team includes Martín Rodríguez, who played in the Argentina team that finished runner-up in the World 7s Championship in Dubai in 2009 and 10 stages of the circuit of the IRB World Sevens Series between 2006 and 2009 .
Also in the PUMAS line up is Lucas Alcácer, who played in the IRB World Sevens Series tournaments in Dubai and Port Elizabeth this season and has recovered from an injury to his hand that had him on the sidelines for a few months.
The T&T squad is preparing to take part in the Hong Kong World Sevens Series qualifier in March.
Head coach Larry Mendez is confident that the T&T players will benefit from the camp. “We are all looking forward to the camp. It’s a step up and comes at a critical time for the players in the battle for selection on the 12-man Hong Kong team. Argentina in particular, is well established and respected in both the 7s and 15s. It’s going to be a tough week of training and tournament play and very important physical and mental preparation for Hong Kong.”
The Sport Company of T&T is supporting the team’s participation.
national men’s rugby 7s team: Keishon Walker, Graeme Alkins, Kelson Figaro, James Phillip, Anthony Lopez, Rowell Gordon, Jessie Richards, Joseph Quashie, Aasan Lewis, Shaquille Tull, David Gookol, Mark Roberts, Agboola Silverthorn, Kurt Quashie, Larry Mendez—head coach, Dale Trotman—assistant coach, Kimba London—physiotherapist, Derek Ashby-Williams—trainer/massage therapist