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.