In less than one month, Nassau and the Bahamas Rugby Football Union is set to host the RAN Sevens Qualifiers at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The home side is set to make their return to international sevens in front of their home friends and family, and one player excited for the opportunity to represent his country is scrum half Taj Smith from New Providence.
With 15 men’s teams and six women’s teams set to take part in the two-day qualifying tournament for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa in September, along with The Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England in July, a total of 58 matches are set to be played at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The top two men’s teams and one women’s team from the event will book their ticket to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022, while the highest-placed men’s team eligible to participate in The Commonwealth Games 2022 will represent RAN, alongside Canada who have already pre-qualified for both men and women.
The action kicks off at 9am local time on Saturday with last year’s Fireminds RAN Sevens winners, Jamaica taking on Curaçao, who won the Bowl competition last October. Day one wraps up with Bermuda taking on the Dominican Republic at 7:38pm, with matches finishing at 8pm.
The tournament continues on day two on Sunday morning with the first of three men’s consolation matches for the teams that finish outside of the top two of day one’s pool competition. The final two championship matches of the tournament will take place at 6:32pm for the women and 6:54pm for the men, with the trophy presentations to follow.
The entire tournament will be streamed live on RAN’s website, with highlights, scores, interviews, and other content provided on its social media pages.