The 2013 NACRA Sevens will feature 15 men's teams and 11 women's including representative teams from both the USA and Canada.
Men's Teams: Cayman (hosts), USA, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, BVI, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Barbados, Guyana, T&T, Curacao Women's Teams: Cayman (hosts), USA, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, St Lucia, Guyana, T&T, Curacao
The tournament, which is being held on November 9th and 10th at the Truman Bodden National Stadium in the Cayman Islands, also doubles as the qualifier for the 2014 CACSO Games in Veracruz, Mexico. The top 4 Men's Caribbean teams at the NACRA Sevens will join hosts Mexico, while the top 3 Women's teams plus Mexico, will compete in 2014. To add further incentive, the top Men's Commonwealth team at the NACRA Sevens is likely to be invited to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, along with Canada.
SteppingStones title sponsor for top rugby tournament
The Cayman Islands Rugby Union is delighted to announce that SteppingStones, Cayman’s recruitment and training specialists, has recently become the title sponsor for one of the most exciting sports tournaments in the region: the North American & Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Regional Sevens tournament 2013, to be held in Cayman in November.
SteppingStones Managing Director, Ms Milly Serpell says the company identified this particular tournament as an important event to support because of the tremendous growth in interest by the community in the Cayman Islands National Sevens programme in general.
“The programme has grown beyond measure over the past years and with the acceptance of the sport into the 2016 and 2020 Olympic games, Rugby Sevens has truly taken its place among the world’s most exciting and viewed sports,” she said. “SteppingStones is very pleased to be a part of this dynamic event.
The national Cayman Sevens team regularly travels throughout North America and the Caribbean to compete in world class tournaments. In recent years the team’s level of play has reached new highs internationally, and under the expert guidance of a team of professionals has gained increasing recognition within the field of rugby.
Director of the Rugby Union, Mr Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams, said he is excited about SteppingStones taking the title sponsorship. “SteppingStones have been involved as a sponsor of a touch rugby team across three of our local competitions. We are fortunate to have them on board for this international event.”
The Cayman Rugby Union will be hosting the 2013 NACRA championships on 9th and 10th November 2013, with teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico and other Caribbean islands participating. The two-day tournament promises to be filled with excitement as teams play off against one another. This highly anticipated event will be entertaining for general sports fans and rugby enthusiasts alike.
Ms Serpell says this is an incredibly important event because the winner of the tournament will go on to play in the World Sevens Series Hong Kong leg, the Commonwealth Games and the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (CASCO) Central American and Caribbean Games in 2014.
“This underscores just how special it is for our team to host such a vital event on home soil,” she said. “SteppingStones wish the Cayman team the very best of luck and we will certainly be cheering the team on from the stands!”