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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Player Sacked by Club for Playing in World Rugby Classic

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A Welsh rugby player sacked by his club for going to Bermuda with Shane Williams could be about to ruin their season, Richard Carter was dismissed for opting to take part in a veterans’ tournament the World Rugby Classic.

The Principality Premiership's record try scorer is facing a title shoot-out with the club that controversially sacked him six months ago when Merthyr travel to Aberavon this weekend.

Richard Carter scored 100 touchdowns for the Wizards, and 118 in all.

But after making his 300th appearance for the club last November against Cross Keys, he was dismissed by Aberavon for opting to take part in a veterans’ tournament in Bermuda alongside Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams without their permission.

Now the utility back, who joined Merthyr on his return from Bermuda, is all set to be part of the Ironmen's side that will travel to the Talbot Athletic Ground this Sunday (1530) in the Premiership Tier One final.

Carter has already made his mark with big spending Merthyr having bagged seven tries in 13 outings this season and helped set up the opening try for Ed Siggery in their emphatic semi-final victory over RGC 1404 at the Wern.

It booked a trip to Port Talbot for the final this weekend and to a ground where Carter cut cult figure status before his controversial dismissal in November.

Aberavon chairman Andrew John, said of Carter's dismissal at the time they can not accept a salaried player ignoring the decision of the coaches, who were against him going to Bermuda because of Premiership fixture commitments.

“Richard asked if he could travel to Bermuda for the Classic Lions week which would mean him missing two league games and in all probability a third by the missing training on his return," he said.

“If this trip was an official representative tour he would have gone with our blessing, but quite simply it’s not.

“While we all really regret losing a player of Richard’s ability and experience especially as he’s been in great form this season as a club we cannot accept a salaried player deciding off his own bat to ignore the decision of his coaches and going off on a trip that he can venture on when he’s finished his career as a semi pro player.

Carter, who can cover wing and full-back, made his Aberavon debut in October 2004 and has spent the bulk of his career with the club, while also having spells with Neath and Carmarthen Quins.

This season, he made seven appearances for the Wizards before his departure.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Bermuda Do Well in Freeport Junior Rugby Festival

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The Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s Under 13 and Under 15 teams competed in the Freeport Junior Rugby Festival in Bahamas.

The Under 13’s won the their Division by winning all their games, a Division Bermuda has not won since since 2012, while the Under 15’s finished their Division as Runners-up.

Bermuda Under 13 Results

Vs Key Biscayne 25-10

Vs Cayman (1) 55-5

Vs Cayman (2) 45-0

vs Freeport 30-10

Under 13 Try Scorers

Khabir Dill - 8

Devin Augustus - 7

Evan Washington- 6

Dylan Craft - 4

Louis Hammond - 2

Charlie Chignell - 2

William Nokes - 2

Ryan Daniels - 1

Bermuda Under 15 Results

Vs Key Biscayne 25-25 draw

Vs Freeport 17-5 (loss)

Vs Key Biscayne 25-10 (Win)

Bermuda Under 15 Try Scorers:

Andre Woolery (3)

George Peets (2)

Okari Williams (2)

Moses Simmons (2)

Nadre Ahnakton-Tuzo

Cairi Albouy
Ja'kee Simmons
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Bermuda Defeated Heavily at the Sports Center

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Bermuda 7 Mexico 59

Bermuda suffered a heavy defeat 59 - 7 at the National Sports Center against Mexico in their Rugby Americas North – North Zone Championship match.

The visitors took control of the game from the outset and even when Bermuda took the lead the Mexicans did not panic, they went on to exploit the holes they were creating in the Bermuda defence.

Mexico took a 5-0 lead when Franco Guerrero went over for a Try, but Bermuda would level the game at 5-5, when a Mexican defender failed to collect the ball cleanly and Corey Boyce was onhand to go over for a Try, Dan Cole kicked the Conversion as Bermuda took a 7-5 lead.

Mexico would march straight back down the field and retake the lead within two minutes Luis Arredondo went over and when Agustín Sánchez kicked the long range Conversion Mexico would lead 12-7.

The score would soon be 19-7 when the Mexicans were awarded a Penalty Try after a high tackle near the Try Line.

Arredondo would go over again and Sánchez connected with his Conversion hitting the upright before going over making it 26-7. Moments before halftime Mexico would take a 33-7 lead when Fharid Samano scored a Try and Sánchez connected for the Conversion.

Mexico would quickly take control of the second half and would get a Try from Andrés Rodríguez, and with the Conversion it made the score at 40-7, Mexico would get a second Try from Guerrero, but with the missed Conversion it left the score 45-7.

Mexico would put up a half century when Pascal Nadaud scored a Try and when Sánchez kicked the Conversion the score went to 52-7 and the final Try of the game came when Guerrero would complete his hat-trick of Try’s and Sánchez would knock in his 12th point of the game with the Conversion and the final score.

Bermuda, on the other hand, are not in the best position. Since having won the then NACRA Caribbean Championship in 2011 and 2012 the country has fallen in competitiveness.

 
 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Big Rule Changes Announced in Rugby
Regulation 8 change follows detailed review and union consultation and is designed to create a framework that protects the integrity and credibility of international rugby

• Residency period extended from 36 consecutive months to 60 consecutive months

• Council approves expanded voting rights for Argentina and Japan

• Bernard Laporte elected onto the World Rugby EXCO

An historic programme of reform of rugby’s international eligibility regulation has been approved by World Rugby Council today at its special meeting in Kyoto, Japan.

Designed to promote and protect the integrity and sanctity of international rugby in the modern elite environment, follows a root-and-branch review of Regulation 8 with Council members unanimously approving the recommended increase in the required residency period to be eligible for international rugby from 36 to 60 months.

The reformed Regulation 8 ensures that a player has a genuine, close, credible and established link with the nation of representation and the key amendments are:

• The 36-month residency requirement is increased to 60 months with effect from 31 December, 2020 (unanimously approved)

• The addition of a residency criteria which permits players who have 10 years of cumulative residency to be eligible (effective May 10, 2017) (unanimously approved)

• Unions may no longer nominate their U20s team as their next senior national representative team (effective 1 January, 2018) (majority)

• Sevens players will only be captured for the purposes of Regulation 8 where the player has represented either of (i) the senior national representative sevens team of a union where the player has reached the age of 20 on or before the date of participation; or (ii) the national representative sevens team of a union in the Olympic Games or Rugby World Cup Sevens, having reached the age 20 on or before the date of participation in such tournament, (effective 1 July, 2017) (majority)

The landmark decision follows agreement on a long-term optimised global international calendar beyond 2019 and represents another major reform for World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont and Vice-Chairman Agustín Pichot in the first year of their four-year mandate.

Beaumont said: “This reform of Regulation 8 governing eligibility is an important and necessary step to protecting the integrity and credibility of international rugby. This extension to the residency period within a forward-thinking reform package will ensure a close, credible and established link between a union and players, which is good for rugby and good for fans.

Bernard Laporte elected onto World Rugby EXCO

Council also unanimously elected Bernard Laporte (France) on to the World Rugby Executive Committee. Laporte, who ran against Mark Alexander, replaces Pierre Camou.

Argentina and Japan receive additional vote on Council

Council approved the recommendation from EXCO that Argentina and Japan receive an additional vote each (with no representative) in line with the governance criteria. Both will receive three votes on the decision-making body with immediate effect.

Bernard Laporte and Serge Simon (both France) were appointed to the Rugby and Regulations committees respectively. Alfredo Gavazzi (Italy) was appointed to the Budget Advisory Committee, Claudia Betancur (Colombia) was appointed to the Women’s Advisory Committee and Trevor Gregory (Asia Rugby) was appointed Regional Advisory Chairman in accordance with the rotation policy. John O’Driscoll (Ireland) was appointed chairman of the Anti-Doping Advisory Committee. Steve Tew (New Zealand) chaired his first Audit and Risk Committee and provided that report to Council.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Mexico Announce Team for Bermuda

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Mexico has named a 23-man roster to face Bermuda. The teams are to meet this Saturday in a Rugby Americas North – North Zone Championship match. The fixture is to be the first of 2017 for both countries.

Las Serpientes Head Coach Ruben Duque has named a roster packed with names from 2016. Last year Mexico won the Americas Rugby North Championship title which doubled as Rugby World Cup qualifying. The country advanced to the next round, falling to Colombia.

Duque has kept faith with many players involved in facing Colombia. Of those who started against Los Tucanes eleven are traveling to face Bermuda. They are Marcos Flegmann, Mizeal Loredo, Max Douek, Santiago Prieto, Roberto Calderón, Gonzalo Pons, Simón Pierre, Andrés Rodriguez, Pascal Nadaud, Fharid Samano and Agustín Sánchez.

The fixture is to be the first of three matches this month for Mexico. Game two will be at home on May 27 against the USA South. Their third match will be away to the Cayman Islands on June 17.

MEXICO

Marcos Flegmann, Pascal Nadaud, Franco Guerrero, Rodrigo Marquez, Mizael Loredo, Max Douek, Gonzalo Pons, Simón Pierre, Andrés Rodríguez, Luis Arredondo, Diego Ramírez, Victor Oliva, Carlos Fernández, Agustín Sánchez, Fharid Samano, Rodrigo Ripoll, Pedro Morales, Jean Paul Zisa, Sebastián Díaz, Gustavo Ruiz, Roberto Calderón, Tobias Hernández and Santiago Prieto.
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