Barbados Select Rugby Sevens recently competed in the Halifax 7’s tournament in Halifax, England. The team won their four pool, quarter- and semi-final matches as follows:

4 group matches:

  • Game 1: 22 vs. 0 Scots Guards (eventual plate winners)
  • Game 2: 35 vs. 0 Halifax
  • Game 3: 43 vs. 7 Crag Rats
  • Game 4: 19 vs. 12 Edge Hill Uni Beavers  (group decider)

Quarter final: 21 vs 10 Bradford Salem
Semi final: 7 vs 5 Aldwinians

In the final, the team was down to eight players with only five players without some injury. Barbados lead 19-7 only to run out of steam in the second half, losing 24-19 to Caldy Rugby Club (winners previous two years).

Kurt Johnson, the UK-based manager, said, “It was a gutsy performance starting the tournament with nine players, due to last minute problems and then getting down to eight for the last two games. I am really proud of the boys.”

{FILE IMAGE VIA – Southpaw Grafix} The local players selected are: Sean Ward (Scorpions RFC), Dario Stoute (Scorpions RFC), Jae Bowen (Tridents RFC) and Dwight Forde (Renegades RFC). Ward, Stoute and Bowen also attended the Barbados Sevens camp held in Leicester in May and were part of the team that competed in the Ashby Sevens where Barbados lost in the quarter -finals after winning their group in pool play.

Selectors reviewed the video from the Halifax Sevens tournament and a locally-hosted tournament held on July 28th before naming the squad for the RWC Sevens World Cup qualifier in Ottawa, August 25/26, 2012. The squad, announced on August 1st, includes four Barbados-based players, in addition to eight of the UK-based players that competed in the Halifax Sevens.

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