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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Doyling Awarded University Scholarship

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Talented young rugby player Alex Doyling will continue his rugby career at the University of Kutztown, in Pennsylvania this August.

Doyling, who represented Bermuda in the Rugby American North Caribbean Championships last November, will be joining the Kutztown Bears on both their 15s and 7s rugby teams.

The talented 18 year-old, participated in the third annual Bermuda 7s Tournament, sponsored by Ariel Re, this past March showcasing his skills on the pitch and helping the Bermuda Men’s team to a second place finish.

After encouragement from Beyond Rugby coach, Darren Woods, Doyling approached the Kutztown coaches about any potential opportunities, only to find out that he had already caught their attention with his sporting ability and talent on the pitch.

As he prepares to depart Bermuda, Doyling elaborated on what this scholarship means to him, saying, “Having to be in an environment like Kutztown where rugby is one of my top priorities is something I’ve always dreamed about.

“I’m looking forward to Kutztown’s rugby program and training sessions. The intense training and fitness will develop me as a rugby player and an athlete. Also, playing in America’s highest division for collegiate rugby will help develop my rugby skills and habits on the field.

“While playing rugby at Kutztown, I hope to be able to continue their winning legacy and bring another championship to Kutztown. I would also like to continue to play for Bermuda Rugby in the Men’s 7s program and help them to bring some silverware home.”

Tournament organizers Tom Healy and Jonathan Cassidy are extremely proud of Doyling and his achievements.

“Alex is proof that if you want something bad enough and commit to attaining it, you can achieve almost any goal” remarked Mr. Healy.

Mr. Cassidy added, “Everyone in Bermuda Rugby is very proud of what Alex has achieved. Alex is a great role model for other young athletes. He set a goal and worked hard to achieve it. We look forward to seeing him continue to excel not only on the rugby pitch, but in the classroom as well.”

Sean Field-Lament, President of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union added, “The BRFU is extremely proud of Alex Doying. Receiving the Kutztown scholarship is an amazing achievement and clearly demonstrates what opportunities are available to local youth rugby players if they show the right level of aptitude, commitment and desire. We wish him all the best and know he will be a fine ambassador for Bermuda.”

Doyling said, “Firstly, I would like to thank God for giving me my talent and continuously blessing me. I would also like to thank my family and parents for always being there to support me and will continue to make them proud.

“I would also like to thank my coaches who have helped me to develop as a person and a player. Finally I would like to thank the BRFU and the Bermuda 7s Tournament coordinators, Jonathan Cassidy and Tom Healy, for providing me with the opportunity to play in tournaments like these that have helped me to develop my skills and allowed me to be recruited by colleges.

“I would also like to thank Kutztown for the scholarship that they have awarded to me which will help me to pursue my goals in my education and on the rugby pitch.”
Monday, August 13, 2018
Bermuda's RAN Sevens Opponents Announced

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As the one-month-to-go mark nears, Rugby Americas North has announced the pools for the 2018 RTEK RAN Sevens to take place in Barbados on September 22nd and 23rd.

Representing the region will be 24 teams from 15 countries including Bermuda.

The 2018 RTEK RAN Sevens is a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games. RAN teams will also be looking ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games. The 2019 RAN Sevens will serve as the regional qualifier with seeding based on 2018 results.

The format for this year’s tournament includes pool play for both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.

With 14 teams, the Men’s teams are seeded into four pools, Bermuda are in Pool C alongside Mexico, Turks & Caicos and Guadeloupe.

The top two from each men’s pool will go through to an eight team knockout and the bottom six will go through to a tournament with two pools of three.

In the Women’s Division, the number of participating teams has jumped from seven in 2017 to ten this year.

The teams will compete in two pools before being seeded in the Cup, Plate and Trophy playoff divisions.

Bermuda are in Pool B and will face Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas and Curacao.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Cross & Worcester Season Schedule Announced

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Corrie Cross’ Worcester Valkyries’ Tyrrells Premier 15’s fixtures have been confirmed for the upcoming 2018/19 season.

Cross said, “I've just started playing with this team and it's been an incredible experience. It's given me a massive opportunity to grow as a rugby player and it's a blessing I am l given the opportunity to play at such a high level.”

Roy Davies’ side will open their campaign with a long trip up north to Darlington Mowden Park Sharks on Saturday September 8th before a trip to Saracens Women a week later.

Their first home game will take place in Round 3, as they host Richmond Women on Saturday September 22nd before they tackle Harlequins Ladies at Sixways on Saturday October 13th.

Match ticket prices for Valkyries games will be FREE for Warriors Season Ticket holders and Under 18s, while being £7.50 on the gate for everyone over the age of 18.

All nine home Worcester Valkyries fixtures are included in a Warriors Season Ticket, which guarantees you 31 matches of rugby at Sixways to watch Valkyries, Warriors and Worcester Cavaliers.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Win Pre-Season Opener

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On a very warm afternoon Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates began their preseason campaign with a seven try victory over Trebanos.

Played over three periods of 30 minutes this game allowed Head Coach Stefan Sankala the chance to see some of the young talent coming through the pathway in action.

Try scorers were Kane Teear-Bourgh, Sion Parry, Craig Hudd, Phil Williams, Luke Brennan, Dion McIntosh and Adam Williams. Conversions were added by Joe Scrivens, Jacob Chilcott and Dion McIntosh who notched one apiece.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Field-Lament Returned as Rugby President

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www.islandstats.com can reveal that Sean Field-Lament was returned as the Bermuda Rugby Football Union President.

The Bermuda Rugby Football Union held their Annual General Meeting at the Police Recreation Club, with Field-Lament earning the trust of the membership for another term.
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