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Monday, January 24, 2022
Wainwright's Toronto Arrows Win Pre-Season Match-Up

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After bringing you the report of the Rugby Friendlies at the National Sports Center on Saturday, today we bring you the report that Marcello Wainwright and his Toronto Arrows teammates traveled to DC for the team’s preseason clash with Old Glory.

The Toronto Arrows earned a comprehensive preseason win over Old Glory DC, 47 - 17.

The Toronto Arrows got 2 Try’s from Ross Braude, and Jack McRogers, while Gaston Mieres, Matt Hood, and Sam Mace all added a Try each, Will Kelly kicked 6 Conversions.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
BRFU Friendlies Matches Round-Up

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The Bermuda Rugby Football Union hosted friendly matches at the National Sports Center.

The Mariners Women and the Renegades Women drew 12 – 12 the Renegades got Try’s from Jess Cassidy, and Jackie Oliver, with Cassidy kicking her Conversion, while Lysmieri Santana and Nisaiah Berkely scored a Try each for the Marines, with Santana kicking her Conversion.

The Police Women defeated the Teachers Women 22 – 5. The Police Women got two Try’s from Anna Huchinson, with Elicia Bullock, and Barbara McWhitter adding a Try each, while Fiona Donaldson kicked one conversion for the Police, Corrie Cross scored the lone Try for the Teachers.

The Onions defeated the Limeys 42 – 31, Alex Dowling led the Onions with 3 Trys, Jakee Francis added 2 Try’s, with Scott Clarke scoring the other, David Lunn kicked all 6 Conversions for Onions. Robin Brickle scored 3 Try’s and kicked 3 Conversions to lead the Limeys, while Connor McGlynn and Nigel Burgess added 1 Try each for Limeys.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
RAN’s Feature Bermuda’s Cross in Women in Leadership

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Rugby Americas North have a series running Women in Leadership Directive Profile today they feature Bermuda’s Corrie Cross.

Cross took up rugby in her teens and has been playing ever since. Beginning with touch rugby, before progressing into the contact game, Corrie has represented Bermuda as a national team player, captaining the Under 19s for the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games, and later joining the senior 7s squad.

A standard fixture in the rugby community, Cross discovered the sport, as Bermuda began to establish a women’s program. Affectionately considered a youngster among the rugby community, Cross credits starting young with helping her develop her skills. “I think starting young was extremely helpful as it provided me with good base standards for how I play. It also allows me to think ahead when I play now because my basic mechanics are almost muscle memory at this point. From a social perspective it’s really great because I’ve grown with the rugby community and feel connected to it at a much deeper level than most. My whole immediate family is involved in rugby as well, so it’s really ingrained in my life.”

During her studies in the UK, Cross was fortunate to get exposure to the 15s game, which has yet to be established in Bermuda. Representing the Coventry University women’s team, she also earned a space on the Tyrell’s 15s Premiership Worcester Valkyries, where she played for one season. The transition from a small 7s style league to full contact 15s wasn’t an easy one.

“It was a bit overwhelming at first. I went from the small local atmosphere and intensity to the massive cultural experience of rugby, in the place where rugby was born. It was almost like going from 0-100. That being said, it was really confirming of my skills and passion because I realized I was able to achieve a relatively high level of competition out in the UK, and the fact that I didn’t have that all-consuming feeling of being overwhelmed was something I was proud of. I had also never played 15s before, so I enjoyed learning the nuances of the games and understanding what kind of player I was.”

“Playing for Worcester Valkyries was never something that I thought would happen. I didn’t have any ambitions of playing at that level because I didn’t realize it was available to me. I learned so much playing for that team and appreciated every moment I had there. It was exciting because I was going in with nothing to lose, I just wanted to enjoy it for what it was. I wish I could have continued playing with them throughout the duration of my time in the UK, but I was there for school, and I couldn’t manage the demands of an intense Architecture Degree and premiership rugby, so I had to choose one. That was probably the only downfall of the experience.“

Returning to Bermuda in 2019, Cross planned to resume playing rugby in the local touch league, and on the nationals 7s team. Getting in a few months on the pitch, including a RAN 7s tournament, Corrie, and the entire rugby scene were sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopeful for a full season to take place over 2021/2022 Cross has also expanded her rugby prowess, joining the Bermuda Rugby Football Union as the communications officer.

“I want to make the BRFU social media presence more universally recognized on the island. I want to be able to push the message that rugby is for everyone. I think locally, there is a bit of a disconnect between the rugby community and the broader sporting community and hopefully I can fill that gap. I think maintaining the PR standard is the first step, but then developing a team of people working around PR will help push the efforts because more brains means better ideas.”
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Rugby Americas North Super 7's Tournament Postponed

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Rugby Americas North (RAN), in conjunction with Federación Mexicana de Rugby, announced that the 2022 RAN Super 7s next month in Mexico City in which Bermuda was set to compete has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

“After discussions with RAN’s Medical Committee and the Mexican Rugby Federation, it is with regret that RAN have made the decision to postpone the RAN Super 7s scheduled for February 2022 in Mexico City,” said Brooks. “We are taking a precautionary measure as the Omicron variant continues to surge around the globe.”

Dubbed the “Super 7s”, the two-day tournament was set to be the biggest event in RAN’s history with more than 25 teams competing across three divisions on two fields. The tournament also acted as a qualifier for the Centro Caribe Games, RWC Sevens qualifiers in June 2022 and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England in 2022.

“The decision was made with the welfare of all participating players, management, officials, volunteers and spectators in mind. RAN hopes to re-schedule the tournament to a later date in 2022,” added Brooks.
Sunday, January 09, 2022
Wainwright Returns to Toronto Arrows for 2022 Season

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The Toronto Arrows announced a group of significant signings ahead of the 2022 Major League Rugby season which includes Marcello Wainwright.

The club is excited to confirm that forward Wainwright is returning for the upcoming campaign.

Wainwright, 25, has committed for a fourth campaign with the Arrows after making 19 appearances (10 starts) since the club’s first season in MLR.

Comfortable playing across the back row, the 5’11”, 215lb forward has posted 448 carry meters on 84 carries, 165 tackles (91.2% completion), six offloads, two tries, one tackle break, and one breakdown steal throughout his MLR career.

The hometown loose forward has featured for the Canada Maple Leafs Sevens national development program, is a graduate of the Ontario Blues senior men’s provincial program and the Guelph Gryphons post-secondary program, and played his grassroots rugby with the Toronto Scottish and Toronto Saracens.

Wainwright is also a player ambassador for club partner organization Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation, a Toronto-based, rugby-centered community nonprofit that uses rugby as a tool for social good.
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