The 2019 RF Group RAN Sevens is shaping up to be an exciting one at the Truman Bodden National Sports Complex. As Canada’s Men didn’t qualify for the Olympics directly through the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, they will be attending with hopes of being successful through the regional qualification tournament. They will be without the services of Connor Braid, Justin Douglas, Lucas Hammond, Admir Cejvanovic & Luke McCloskey due to injury. Canada hasn’t attended the RAN Sevens since they won in 2016 when Trinidad and Tobago were the hosts. The top team in the Men’s category will qualify for the Olympics directly and the second and third placed teams will have another opportunity to qualify through the repechage tournament in 2020. Jamaica, champions the last two years are expecting to be finalists against Canada. However, Guyana have come close twice with narrow defeats in recent finals. If there is a surprise in either group it could cause problems for the favorites, Canada, Jamaica or Guyana are the teams to watch but keep one eye on Mexico to cause an upset.

Men’s Players to Watch:

Jamaica – Mikel Facey:
Height (cm):  187
Weight (Kg):  85
Born: June 30, 2000

Facey was the youngest player to score in a Rugby World Cup Sevens last year in San Francisco at AT&T Park and the leading try scorer in the 2018 Rugby Americas North Sevens to help Jamaica qualify for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. A former rugby leaguer in Jamaica, Facey made the switch to union to play in the Rugby Americas North U19 division for a few years.The 19-year-old was awarded the MVP last year during the New York 7s and scored two tries at the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens invitational. Facey is confident, smooth and is deceptively fast.

Canada – Nathan Hirayama:

Richmond, BC’s Nathan Hirayama has been a stalwart on Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team since making his HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series debut for Canada at the Dubai Sevens at the age of 18 in 2006. A prolific playmaker and points scorer, the 31-year-old currently leads all active players in points scored with 1718 and only trails Ben Gollings (2652) and Tomasi Cama (2026) all-time. Hirayama, whose father Gary also represented Canada in both 7s and fifteens, is a two-time defending Gold Medal winner at the 2011 & 2015 Pan-American Games and has also competed at the last two Commonwealth Games in 2013 & 2017, along with the Rugby World Cup 7s in 2013 & 2018. Canada missed out on qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will be eager to book their spot for the 2020 edition in Tokyo through the 2019 RF Group RAN Sevens in Cayman Islands.

Mexico – Rodrigo Ripoll

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Ripoll is an exciting young fullback that came through the Under-19 competition representing Mexico and has test match experience against Bahamas and Colombia. Tough, punches well above his weight, fast, and he has got kicking and passing skills.

All matches of the 2019 RAN Sevens tournament will be streamed live on RAN’s Youtube channel and Facebook Page. Fans can also follow updates using the hashtag #RAN7s on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. The event page for the tournament can be found at

Men’s Day 1 Pools

Men’s Pool A (“MA”)Men’s Pool B (“MB”)
 1. Canada 1. Jamaica
 2. Bermuda 2. Guyana
 3. Mexico 3. Trinidad & Tobago
 4. Barbados 4. Cayman Islands

Day 1 Schedule

110:00WMexico v St. Lucia
210:22WTrinidad & Tobago v Bahamas
310:44WJamaica v Bermuda
411:06MACanada v Barbados
511:28MABermuda v Mexico
611:5MBJamaica v Cayman Islands
712:12MBGuyana v Trinidad & Tobago
812:34WSt. Lucia v Trinidad & Tobago
912:56WMexico v Bermuda
1013:18WJamaica v Bahamas
1113:4MACanada v Mexico
1214:02MABermuda v Barbados
1314:24MBJamaica v Trinidad & Tobago
1414:46MBGuyana v Cayman Islands
1515:30-WJamaica v St. Lucia
1615:52WBahamas v Bermuda
1716:14WMexico v Trinidad & Tobago
1816.36MACanada v Bermuda
1916:58MAMexico v Barbados
2017:2MBJamaica v Guyana
2117:42MBTrinidad & Tobago v Cayman Islands

Day 2 Schedule

229:30MQF11st Pool A v 4th Pool B
239:52MQF22nd Pool B v 3rd Pool A
2410:14MQF32nd Pool A v 3rd Pool B
2510:36MQF41st Pool B v 4th Pool A
2610:58WMexico v Bahamas
2711:20WTrinidad & Tobago v Jamaica
2811:42WBermuda v St. Lucia
2912:04M Plate SF1Loser MQF1 v Loser MQF2
3012:26M Plate SF2Loser MQF3 v Loser MQF4
3112:48M Cup SF1Winner MQF1 v Winner MQF2
3213:10M Cup SF2Winner MQF3 v Loser MQF4
3313:32WBahamas v St. Lucia
3413.54WTrinidad & Tobago v Bermuda
3514:16WMexico v Jamaica
3614:38M Plate 7/8Loser M Plate SF1 v Loser M Plate SF2
3715:00M Plate FinalWinner Plate SF1 v Winner Plate SF2
3815.50W 5/65th in Pool v 6th in Pool
3916.12W 3/43rd in Pool v 4th in Pool
4016.30M Cup 3/4Loser M Cup SF1 v Loser M Cup SF2
4116:52W Final1st in Pool v 2nd in Pool
4217:14M FinalWinner SF1 v Winnr SF2