West Indies squad named for Las Vegas Invitational America’s Cup elite division

The Barbados Rugby Football Union delighted to announce the West Indies squad for the Las Vegas Invitational America’s Cup elite division. The tournament will be played from March 2nd to the 4th.

(FILE IMAGE) The division features a number of international sides and players from around the globe. West Indies, a squad made up of players from Guyana in the south to Bermuda in the north, last competed in the Hong Kong, Punta del Este and Abbotsford Sevens in 2009. Thanks to funding from an anonymous benefactor in Trinidad and the drive of George Nicholson from Barbados and Brian Stollmeyer from Trinidad and Tobago, the select side was revived.

The team is comprised of players from five countries including Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Bermuda. These players were selected primarily from the recent Rugby Barbados World Sevens in Barbados.

The team is a combination of seasoned veterans and up and coming stars.

Two of the players selected, Claudius Butts and Andre Cabrera played on the 2009 squad and one player, Sean Ward played on the “A” squad.

Joe Whipple, coach of the West Indies team commented, “When we started to contact players concerning their eligibility, they responded in minutes. Clearly, to be selected to play for the West Indies is important to the players in our region. I am very honored to be working with these players, many of whom I have coached and some I have not. We are thankful to our benefactor who had the vision to revive an important legacy in West Indian rugby. Rugby Sevens has significantly improved over the last few years in the region. The fitness and skill levels and knowledge of the game have improved despite the lack of funding for the sport. I am confident that the players will wear the West Indies jersey with huge pride and this will be reflected in their efforts on the pitch.”

The organizers are currently seeking sponsorship opportunities to fund the team in future.

Squad

Claudius Butts (captain)                                           Guyana

Patrick King                                                             Guyana

Jeron Pantor                                                             Trinidad and Tobago

Andre Cabrera                                                         Trinidad and Tobago

Sean Ward                                                               Barbados

Enrique Oxley                                                          Barbados

Dario Stoute                                                             Barbados

Jae Bowen                                                                  Barbados

Oshane Edie                                                             Jamaica

Tashion Dasilva                                                        Bermuda

Dan Cole                                                                 Bermuda

 

Alex Rogan                                                              Physio

Joe Whipple                                                             Coach

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