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Thursday, July 06, 2023
Bermuda Ready for RAN U19 Tournament

The stage is set for the 2023 Rugby Americas North (RAN) Men’s U19 Tournament next week – and Bermuda’s Under 19’s are ready to take the title.

Bermuda narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the Rugby Americas North Under-19 tournament last year, missing out to Jamaica who got through on points scored in the tournament after the teams played out an 8 - 8 draw.

Six Men’s Under 19 teams are set to compete across the 4-day tournament, with Bermuda seeding 3rd amongst the competition based on last year’s performance, which includes teams from the USA South, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

“The squad have trained incredibly hard for this competition and spirit are high as they prepare for this competition. Following their impressive performance in 2022 and the continued progression and development we’ve seen from these players, we are excited to see what they can do in Kingston next week – they will be a force to be reckoned with and not to be underestimated.” commented Head Coach Chris Naylor.

In preparation for the tournament, the U19s have just returned from an invitational tour to Gibraltar, which was used as a training week ahead of RAN’s international fixture. During their week-long camp, they played Gibraltar's U19s, which was a great learning opportunity for the team. The squad gained a lot from the experience, highlighting what they need to work on ahead of their upcoming international and was also a chance for their UK-based players, who are away at school, to train and play with the Bermuda-based players.

The final score was 24 - 17 to Gibraltar but it was an incredibly tight game. With 8 minutes to go the score was 17-17, with Try’s from Kwame Naylor and Aiden Kendall. Bermuda outscored Gibraltar 3 Try’s to 2 but they clawed their way to the front on penalties. It was a very tight game with an opportunity to equalize and draw at the end, but overall an excellent experience and just what the team needed in terms of tournament preparation. Although they were disappointed to lose, as the saying goes, you learn more from a defeat than a win.

The squad is comprised of the following players: Osiris Buffonge-Hunt, David Cole, Gareth Cooper, Remi Cooper, Ryan Daniel, Jake Dunleavey, Jaime Furtado, Sam Jenkins, Aiden Kendall, Peter Komposch, Daniel Kunst, Pedro Labollita, Noah Murdoch, Kwame Naylor, William Nokes, Malachi Paynter, Brandon Sangster, Nyindae Smith, Devon Soto, Wysdem Symonds and Nathan Wilson.

The team is led by a stellar team of coaches and management, including Naylor, Anthony Cupidore and Jeff Sangster, who are equally proud and excited to see what the team can do.

The Bermuda Rugby Football Union would like to thank team sponsor Argus for their support in helping to create this opportunity for Bermuda’s promising young players.

The tournament will be held at the University of West Indies’ Mona Bowl from July 12th – 16th. Fans tuning in within the Caribbean can watch live on SportsMax 2, SportsMax YouTube, and on the SportsMax App. Fans across the rest of the world can catch the action on RAN’s website at www.rugbyamericasnorth.com.
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