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VI competing in Rugby Americas North Sevens Tournament

The Virgin Islands found Trinidad and Tobago too strong opponents at the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament in Mexico on November 25, 2017. Photo: RugbyAmericasNorth
The Virgin Islands ended their day's work at the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament in Mexico with a win against Curacao on November 25, 2017. Photo: RugbyAmericasNorth
The Virgin Islands ended their day's work at the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament in Mexico with a win against Curacao on November 25, 2017. Photo: RugbyAmericasNorth
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – A team representing the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) arrived safely in Mexico on Friday November 24, 2017 to take part in the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament, with Commonwealth Games qualification at stake.

Ten men’s teams and sevens women’s teams from the RAN region will square off for the title of champion and the right to advance to several tournaments in the coming year.

The VI squad features Thomas Chapman, Andrae Adams, Victor Amparo, Mahmoud Ahmad, Kendi Vamterpool, Rory Thornton, Daniel Singh, Colin McDonald, Timothy Parsons, Paul Oliver, Adrian Bello O’Niel and Khoy Vanterpool.

The tournament kicked off yesterday, November 25, 2017 and the VI boys came up against powerhouses Trinidad and Tobago and then Mexico, losing 0-38 and 0-66 respectively, before rebounding to beat Curacao 31-7.

After the opening day's play the Virgin Islands are 3rd in Group C, with Mexico on top followed by Trinidad and Tobago while Curacao sit at the bottom in 4th place.

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Window of qualifications

The top men’s team will claim a spot in Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, as well as the annual Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament, a part of the World Rugby Sevens Series. The 2018 Commonwealth Games also has a slot open for the top men’s team if the winner is a Commonwealth Country. Additionally, the top four men’s teams will go to Caribbean Sports Organisation (CACSO) Games.

On the women’s side, the top three teams will head to the CACSO Games, and RAN Sevens Champion will earn a place in Rugby World Cup Sevens July 20-22. Only unions that are members of World Rugby are eligible for Rugby World Cup Sevens and the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series.

Meanwhile, the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament is being played at Campo Marte, a military and equestrian venue located next to the National Auditorium in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City. Campo Marte hosts major events on behalf of the Mexican Government. The spacious grounds house two fields of play, two warm-up areas, medical and team facilities, and covered spectator seating.

6 Responses to “VI competing in Rugby Americas North Sevens Tournament”

  • ... (26/11/2017, 09:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ALL THE BEST TEAM BVI
  • JACK BE STILL (26/11/2017, 11:32) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    I don't see any local names on the list were they just given BVI passports again? smh
    • Online Now (26/11/2017, 12:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      It’s so ironic that on this article you are complaining about the lack of locals available to represent the BVI while the article above complains how outsiders aren’t helping more.
    • 4true (26/11/2017, 23:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ayo dont see Vanterpool brothers representing. Kendi Vanterpool was the leading scorer. You bloggers too disgusting wit da hate. It was da white boys dem who help we get to dis international stage.
    • Sk*nt (25/02/2018, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      If the locals don't want to play and there are people willing to represent the BVI let them ms

  • yes (26/11/2017, 12:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the best team no matter what the circumstances maybe do your best


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