‘Green Machine’ short $4M to compete at RAN Sevens tournament
The Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) is short of approximately US$20,000 (GYD$4 million) to send the national Men’s team to compete in the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament in Turks and Caicos on October 16 and 17.
Speaking Thursday at a press conference, which was called to announce the squad, Manager and former national player, George David, revealed that at six days from departure, they are significantly short of the overall budget of approximately US$39,000.
“There are some other little subsidiaries we might have, but we still have an entire gap of the cost.”
He further stated they are hoping for some assistance from the Government, the National Sports Commissions and the Guyana Olympic Association.
The GRFU has named a 12-man squad, along with three support staff for the trip. They are expected to depart on October 13 and return on October 18.
Guyana and 10 other nations are competing for a chance to qualify for next year’s World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series; the winning side will gain an opportunity to compete for the 16th and final spot on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The ‘Green Machine’ won six consecutive Sevens titles from 2006 to 2011, but the last of its eight titles came in 2016.
Green Machine Squad: Jamal Angus (captain), Godfrey Broomes, Rondell McArthur, Osei McKenzie, Fabian Joseph, Lancelot Adonis, Peabo Hamilton, Avery Corbin Oneil Charles, Johnathon Garnett. Lionel Holder and Tyrese Prescod. George David (Manager), Theodore Henry (Head Coach), and Akeem Fraser (Physiotherapist).