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2019 RF Group RAN Sevens Men’s Preview

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

Rooster, queretaro.
Fullback

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 www.rugbyamericasnorth.com/ran7s.

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

No. Time Pool Match
1 10:00 W Mexico v St. Lucia
2 10:22 W Trinidad & Tobago v Bahamas
3 10:44 W Jamaica v Bermuda
4 11:06 MA Canada v Barbados
5 11:28 MA Bermuda v Mexico
6 11:5 MB Jamaica v Cayman Islands
7 12:12 MB Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago
8 12:34 W St. Lucia v Trinidad & Tobago
9 12:56 W Mexico v Bermuda
10 13:18 W Jamaica v Bahamas
11 13:4 MA Canada v Mexico
12 14:02 MA Bermuda v Barbados
13 14:24 MB Jamaica v Trinidad & Tobago
14 14:46 MB Guyana v Cayman Islands
Break
15 15:30- W Jamaica v St. Lucia
16 15:52 W Bahamas v Bermuda
17 16:14 W Mexico v Trinidad & Tobago
18 16.36 MA Canada v Bermuda
19 16:58 MA Mexico v Barbados
20 17:2 MB Jamaica v Guyana
21 17:42 MB Trinidad & Tobago v Cayman Islands

Day 2 Schedule

No. Time Pool Match
22 9:30 MQF1 1st Pool A v 4th Pool B
23 9:52 MQF2 2nd Pool B v 3rd Pool A
24 10:14 MQF3 2nd Pool A v 3rd Pool B
25 10:36 MQF4 1st Pool B v 4th Pool A
26 10:58 W Mexico v Bahamas
27 11:20 W Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica
28 11:42 W Bermuda v St. Lucia
29 12:04 M Plate SF1 Loser MQF1 v Loser MQF2
30 12:26 M Plate SF2 Loser MQF3 v Loser MQF4
31 12:48 M Cup SF1 Winner MQF1 v Winner MQF2
32 13:10 M Cup SF2 Winner MQF3 v Loser MQF4
33 13:32 W Bahamas v St. Lucia
34 13.54 W Trinidad & Tobago v Bermuda
35 14:16 W Mexico v Jamaica
36 14:38 M Plate 7/8 Loser M Plate SF1 v Loser M Plate SF2
37 15:00 M Plate Final Winner Plate SF1 v Winner Plate SF2
  Break
38 15.50 W 5/6 5th in Pool v 6th in Pool
39 16.12 W 3/4 3rd in Pool v 4th in Pool
40 16.30 M Cup 3/4 Loser M Cup SF1 v Loser M Cup SF2
41 16:52 W Final 1st in Pool v 2nd in Pool
42 17:14 M Final Winner SF1 v Winnr SF2

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