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RAN Championship & World University Games

There are two major international sevens tournaments this weekend - the RAN North American championship, with two places at the Olympic Games repecharge qualifier on offer, and the World University Game in Naples, with a first look at the games future champion players.

RAN North American & Caribbean Sevens

The 2019 RAN Sevens takes place at the Truman Bodden National Sports Complex in George Town, Grand Cayman.

Six teams take part with the top two teams at the end of the weekend will compete for a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at next year’s global repechage. Mexico are favourites but Saint Lucia stood out last year as the most improved with break out player Kameka President playing a dominant role in defence and attack. Trinidad and Tobago have fallen at the last hurdle against Mexico two years in a row and will be looking for revenge. Jamaica have continually improved over the last few years with star speedster Dae-Marie Whyte racking up the tries. Jamaica may have a say in matters this time around.

RAN's "Players to Watch":

Bahamas – Carlene ‘Carly’Johnson

Johnson is a former sprinter, turned rugby player that is powerful and a destructive runner. Having played rugby the past five years, the 28-year-old Johnson has represented the Bahamas in tournaments in Dubai, Miami, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico and Barbados. Currently a professional certified lifeguard, Johnson is a graduate of Taylor University and a former All-American flag football player. She led her team to the championship from 2015-2017 and was MVP in 2016.

St Lucia – Kameka President

President was awarded the MVP of the tournament at the 2017 Bouclier Monique Ribeaut Women’s 7s tournament (Guadeloupe), Senior Female Rugby Player of the Year (2017 & 2018) & selected on the Dream Team at the 2018 RTEK RAN Women’s Sevens Touranment in Barbados after scoring 29 points, five tries and two conversions in six matches.

Jamaica – Dae Marie Whyte

Whyte is a try scoring machine with a deadly step and pace to burn on the outside. Whyte is studying at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport and was awarded the Most Improved Player in 2015 and Player of the year in 2017.

The entire tournament will be streamed LIVE on Rugby Americas North’s Facebook & Youtube pages.

Saturday 6th July

Mexico v St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago v Bahamas
Jamaica v Bermuda
St. Lucia v Trinidad & Tobago
Mexico v Bermuda
Jamaica v Bahamas
Jamaica v St. Lucia
Bahamas v Bermuda
Mexico v Trinidad & Tobago

Sunday 7th July

Mexico v Bahamas
Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica
Bermuda v St. Lucia
Bahamas v St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago v Bermuda
Mexico v Jamaica

5th place play-off
Semi-final 1
Semi-final 2
Final

 

World University Games

The World University Games are currently taking place in Naples, and this weekend will see the sevens tournament.

Eight teams are taking part with France – World University champions last year – the favourites to win gold, with test star Ian Jason leading the way.

Schedule

FRI 5 JULY

16:30 Pool B RSA v BEL
16:52 Pool B RUS v ARG
17:14 Pool A FRA v JPN
17:36 Pool A CAN v ITA

SAT 6 JULY  

9:30 Pool B RSA v ARG
9:52 Pool B RUS v BEL
10:14 Pool A FRA v ITA
10:36 Pool A CAN v JPN
16:44 Pool B BEL v ARG
17:06 Pool B RUS v RSA
17:28 Pool A JPN v ITA
17:50 Pool A CAN v FRA

SUN 7 JULY  

11:14 Semi-final 1 A1 v B2
11:36 Semi-final 2 B1 v A2
17:22 Bronze Final LSF1 v LSF2
18:06 Gold Final WSF1 v WSF2

Squads

Argentina

1 Maria Antonella Reding; 2 Agostina Giomatti; 3 Malena Noemi Diaz; 4 Jimena Laura Aliotti; 5 Araceli Graciela Aramburu; 6 Carla Nicole Farroni Reina; 7 Julieta Gabriela Garcia; 8 Melina Rosa Alcaraz; 9 Manuela Wingord Zavalla; 10 Paula Agustina Ghiorzi; 11 Aylen Araceli Fernandez; 12 Martina Maria Belen Naput

Belgium

1 Cemile Gul Eryoruk; 2 Maya De La Hera; 3 Margot Dolphyn; 4 Sarah Basa; 5 Caitlynn Cool; 6 Ella Amory; 7 Jeanne Marquegnies; 8 Loes Hubrecht; 9 Charlotte Kuhn; 10 Celine Minon; 11 Nathalie Shaw; 12 Noemie Van de Poele

Canada

1 Renee Gonzalez; 2 Shawna Brayton; 3 Asia Hogan-Rochester; 4 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger; 5 Julia Schell; 6 Brooke Bazian; 7 Laney Aikens; 8 Erika Scott; 9 Talia Hoffman; 10 Hailey Driscoll; 11 Tatiana Joseph; 12 Rachel Mccallan

France

1 Melissa Bergeron; 2 Sarah Aguado; 3 Meg Mambe; 4 Julie Coudert; 5 Oceane Buisson; 6 Emilie Boulard; 7 Marie-Aurelie Castel; 8 Ian Jason; 9 Carla Arbez; 10 Hada Traore; 11 Charlotte Escudero; 12 Manae Feleu

Italy

1 Laura Gurioli; 2 Michela Trinca; 3 Giada Franco; 4 Claudia Salvadego; 5 Beatrice Rigoni; 6 Laura Paganini; 7 Aura Muzzo; 8 Isabella Locatelli; 9 Alessia Gronda; 10 Giulia Barbieri; 11 Alice Natale; 12 Micol Cavina

Japan

1 Yume Hirano; 2 Riho Kurogi; 3 Mami Shinzaki; 4 Wakaba Hara; 5 Raichieru Miyo Bativakalolo; 6 Honoka Tsutsumi; 7 Hana Nagata; 8 Iroha Nagata; 9 Miyu Shirako; 10 Ayumi Yabuuchi; 11 Haruna Okada; 12 Kana Murokoshi

Russia

1 Daria Noritsina; 2 Daria Lushina; 3 Ekaterina Mikhaleva; 4 Mariia Molokoedova; 5 Evgeniia Steblinskaia; 6 Alena Dammer; 7 Alina Arterchuk; 8 Diana Glushenko; 9 Snezhanna Kulkova; 10 Diana Loginova; 11 Iana Danilova; 12 Kseniia Pozdeeva

South Africa

1 Nadine Roos; 2 Kemisetso Shalene Baloyi; 3 Rights Mkhari; 4 Vhugala Voice Ndou; 5 Liske Gertruida Lategan; 8 Sune Botha; 9 Sancha Van Niekerk; 10 Elizabeth Ma Janse Van Rensburg; 11 Shania Lee Swart; 12 Meghan Phillips; 13 Babalwa Latsha; 14 Lusanda Dumke