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Leon Pantor leads Soca Titans to RAN U19 Championships

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Submitted by Trinidad & Tobago Head Coach, Wayne Pantor

What does the RAN U-19 Championship Tournament means to the team and country?

Head Coach –Wayne Pantor
“No one individual can get the job done so operating as one unit is essential and we can say as a team we are willing to go through every milestone embracing all challenges because of the thirst for success.
The opportunity to represent the country of Trinidad and Tobago is not a “right” but a “privilege” however it is worthless in the sport if we do not live our U19 Motto ““TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVE THE MISSION” [TEAM] and “ONE TEAM ONE DREAM”. As we bleed our hearts and body out on the Rugby field we will emerge victorious in our soul no matter the outcome of the game. We had some obstacles along the way on our journey preparing for the tournament but I would close by saying a river does not run through a rock by using its power, it runs through because of its persistence.”

Captain –Leon Pantor
“Rugby has been a big part of my life for the pass 6 yrs. Most of all it taught me about discipline, friendship, respect, team work and being humble. I’ve traveled and seen some lovely places and met some amazing people. It is such a pleasure & honor to represent my beautiful country of Trinidad and Tobago in the RAN U19’S Championship for a second year and win, lose or draw we represented as a team and extension ambassadors in this great game. Respect to my coaches and managers whom I had the privilege to work with and help me to be a better player and by extension a better person.

Team Name/Country: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO NATIONAL U19’S “SOCA TITANS’’
Team manager’s name: LYDER BAPTISTE GRAHAM CHIN
Coach’s names and titles: HEAD COACH- WILLET WAYNE PANTOR ASSISTANT COACH-JEROME POON TIP STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING –DEREK ASHBY WILLIAMS
Equipment Manager:
HAYDEN SMITH
Records:
2014- FIFTH [PLATE FINAL’S WINNER] T&T VS CAYMAN
2015- THIRD T&T VS BARBADOS
Number of returning players from last year:
13
Names of returning players from last year
Odell Bacchus – Prop
Wendell Fullerton- Prop/Hooker
Mark Bissessar – Second Row/#8
Melek Fraser – Second Row
Joseph Douglas – Flanker [V/captain] Jeron Pantor – Scrumhalf/Centre [2015 Team M.V.P] Xavier Peter Henry –Scrumhalf /Centre
Liam Talma – Centre /Flyhalf
Leon Pantor – Flyhalf CAPTAIN [debut- T&T Senior Men Squad 2016 -Rugby World Cup2019 Qualifier] Korri Edwards – Centre /Winger
Emmanuel Caddett –Winger /Fullback
Emmanuel Joseph – Winger
Akeem Francis – Fullback/Centre

NEW PLAYER’S TO THE SQUAD
Jarrel Mc Farlane Prop
Dawud Abdul Bari -Prop
Dion Williams- Prop
Nikolai Christopher- Hooker
Syiiman Baird – Hooker
Ayub Hassan – Scrum Half
Michael Gonzales – Scrum Half
Marquis Samuel -Fullback
Nicholas Lobo- #8
Kareem Thomas – Second Row
Joshua Hector – Second Row
Marcellus Mc Hardy – Flanker

Team philosophy:
“ONE TEAM ONE DREAM”

“TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVE THE MISSION.”

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