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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Boyce Continues Injury Comeback But Misses RAN's 7's

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With the Fireminds Rugby Americas North Sevens 2021 just around the corner, 31-year-old Engineering student Corey Boyce had his sights set on returning to the pitch and representing Bermuda at the tournament in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for the very first time since injury sidelined him in 2019.

As a self-confessed natural athlete, amateur boxer, and Muay Thai Champion, not even a fully ruptured patellar tendon, two left knee surgeries, and 14 weeks with his leg in a cast can stop Corey’s goal to play at this year’s Fireminds RAN 7s, however the speedster was not selected.

Over his 10-year rugby career, Boyce has competed at both RAN 15s and RAN 7s in places like the USA, Mexico, Barbados, Trinidad, and the Cayman Islands, and with sheer determination he was focusing on coming back from his injury and taking home a win with team Bermuda in the TCI this month.

Boyce was first introduced to rugby after getting himself into a few scuffles at a local bar in Bermuda.

“One of the owners of the bar’s security company suggested I try rugby as an outlet to channel my excess energy,” he says. “I ended up being invited to train with a club called Teachers Rugby and I just fell in love with the sport.”

Boyce’s natural talent did not go unnoticed, and it was not long until he was introduced to the National 15s team, then the National 7s team, where he played right wing. Boyce was also privileged to be coached and mentored by Fijian 7s legend Waisale Serevi, who Boyce says was pivotal in teaching him about all facets of the game.

As time passed, Boyce realized that he favored 7s rugby and so he gradually began to step away from rugby 15s. Despite this, he still went on the play both 15s and 7s at an international level throughout the Caribbean and the USA.

“The last tournament I played was in 2018 in Barbados and it was really a memorable one,” he says. “Even though we finished third, this was the highest we had placed during my entire playing career. We also beat Mexico for the first time in 13 years so that was a pretty big deal for me and the team.”

Aside from being an enthusiastic and committed player for team Bermuda, Boyce also helps with mentoring and coaching the Bermuda Rugby youth where he can. “I like to give back because rugby has positively affected my life, and I know it can impact these kids in an inspiring way,” he says. “I am always willing to lend a hand because I know how lifechanging this sport can be.”

One of the key players in Boyce’s comeback journey is Bermuda Coach Jamie Barnwell, who says despite Boyce’s impressive progress so far and his goal to play at RAN, he will not rush him back onto the pitch until he is 100% ready.

“Boyce is on a steady road to recovery,” he says. “However, we have to look after him first and foremost. We want to bring him back properly and make sure we are not putting him in jeopardy. We’ve had lots of big wins recently with Boyce as he builds his confidence and agility, but we will all make that call together with Boyce about whether he plays at RAN closer to the time.”

Barnwell says in the lead up to the tournament, team Bermuda have been working hard to get their players back to match fitness after over two, and in some instances five, years out of the sport.

“To get the players up to the required level of fitness to play what is quite a brutal and physically demanding game has been challenging,” he says. “We have thankfully been granted an exemption from the Bermuda Government so we are now allowed to train however one of the things we struggle with since COVID is playing any opposition as part of our preparation for RAN. But, we will put our best foot forward and strive for a positive outcome.”
Saturday, October 09, 2021
Bermuda's Fireminds RAN Sevens Schedule Released

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Tournament organizers unveiled the official schedule for the Fireminds Rugby Americas North Sevens 2021 in Turks and Caicos on October 16th – 17th.

Bermuda is in Pool C along with Guyana, and Belize.

The event, which is taking place at Meridian Fields in Providenciales, marks the return of international rugby to the Caribbean for the time since the COVID-19 global pandemic began in 2020 and also acts as a qualifier for next year’s World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dominican Republic has announced its team will no longer take part in the fixture. The tournament will now be comprised of nine competing nations.

Day One of the tournament on Saturday, October 16th will see each country play against their respective pool opponents.

Pool A – Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Turks, and Caicos
Pool B – Mexico, Barbados, Curaçao
Pool C – Guyana, Bermuda, Belize

After day one, the top two teams from each pool will advance to the Cup competition while the bottom team will play for the Plate on day two.

Day One Bermuda plays Guyana at 2:15 pm, they would then face Belize at 4:15 pm.

For the Cup competition, the six nations that advance will be re-seeded into two pools of three and play against each of their pool opponents in their first two games on Sunday, October 17th. After those two rounds, the top-seeded nation in each pool will advance to the Cup Final, while the two-second place teams will play for bronze and the two third-place teams will play in the 5th/6th place match.
Friday, October 08, 2021
Bermuda RAN's 7's Team Announced

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With the Fireminds Rugby Americas North Sevens in Turks and Caicos, fast approaching, Bermuda have announced their squad.

Bermuda are in Pool C and will battle Guyana, Curacao and Belizewith Bermuda drawn in Pool C.

Coach Jamie Barnwell ha announce the 13-man squad who will represent Bermuda.

Bermuda's Fireminds RAN's 7's Team

Jamie Baum
Alex Brown
Dan Cole
Tashon De Silva
Cameron De Ste Croix
Mikey Dill
Alex Doyling
Jahniko Francis
Mikey Kelly
Darren Klein
David Lunn
Rory O'Kelly-Lynch
Stephan Smith
Monday, October 04, 2021
Hodgkins & Cardiff Begin Plate Championship with a Win

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Jamin Hodgkins and his Cardiff Met teammates began their Championship Plate campaign with a comprehensive 30-5 bonus point victory at Tata Steel.

The Students suffered a disappointing Championship Cup campaign recently, but made amends with this impressive performance having dropped into the Plate. Dan Milton’s side score four Try's in total with Tom Workman, Keian Richards, Dylan Davies, and Ewan Bowden touching down for tries.

Hodgkins also contributed 10 points from the kicking tee. Blindside Flanker Steve John crossed for Tata Steel’s only Try of the game. Head coach Milton has a tough balancing act with the university playing BUCS Super League fixtures in midweek, meaning he has to find the right balance between continuity and resting players.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Bermuda in Fireminds RAN Sevens 2021 Pool C

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Tournament organizers announced pools for next month’s Fireminds Rugby Americas North Sevens in Turks and Caicos, with Bermuda drawn in Pool C.

Held at the picturesque Meridian Rugby Fields in Providenciales, the event marks the return to international competition for RAN’s region and acts as an official qualifier for the 2022 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series. The winner of that tournament, with dates and location yet to be announced by World Rugby, booking the 16th and final spot on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Having just featured in back-to-back tournaments on the World Series over the last two weekends in Vancouver and Edmonton, Jamaica and Mexico – who will headline Pool A and B respectively – enter the tournament as Favorites to meet in the Cup Final on day two.

Pool A is joined by the Dominican Republic and the BVI, while Pool B will see the hosts Turks and Caicos alongside Barbados. Pool C sees Bermuda, Guyana, Curacao and Belize, who are set to make their international sevens debut, set to square off on day one.

Pool A

Jamaica
Dominican Republic
British Virgin Islands

Pool B

Mexico
Barbados
Turks and Caicos

Pool C

Bermuda
Guyana
Curaçao
Belize

The top two teams in each pool will go forward into the Cup Competition on Day 2 and the remaining 4 teams will play a round-robin competition. On day one, teams in Pool A & B will play two games to decide who will advance to the cup competition on day two. Pool C, which has four teams, will see each nation play three games on day one.

In the Cup Competition on day two, teams will play two matches to amongst their respective pools to decide positioning for the Cup final, Bronze final, and 5th place playoff.

Day 2 – Cup:

Pool 1

Winner Pool A
Runner-Up Pool C
Runner-Up Pool B

Pool 2

Winner Pool B
Winner Pool C
Runner-Up Pool A

5th / 6th Play-Off: 3rd Place Pool 1 v 3rd Place Pool 2
3rd / 4th Play-Off: 2nd Place Pool 1 v 2nd Place Pool 2
Final: 1st Place Pool 1 v 1st Place Pool 2

Day 2 Plate Round Robin – 3 matches per team

The official schedule will be announced closer to the tournament kicking off. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions due to COVID-19, Cayman Islands Rugby Union has withdrawn from the tournament.
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