Guyana national rugby union team
Guyana made their international debut in Georgetown in 1979 in a match against Bermuda, which Bermuda won. They played Bermuda again in 1981 in the Port of Spain. The team got their first win in 1999 in Georgetown, defeating Martinique seven points to three. The team competed in the Americas qualifying tournaments for qualification for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, including fixtures against Cayman Islands.
Guyana attempted to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France in 2005, contesting the Americas tournament in Round 1a. Guyana were grouped in the South Pool, alongside Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia. Guyana won two of their three fixtures, finishing in second place in the final standings.
In 2003, Guyana's u-18 team won the Caribbean championship and went on to win it the following two years, losing it to Jamaica on points in Guyana in 2006 and losing in the final of the u-20 World Cup qualifier in the Cayman Islands 2007 to Jamaica, who won on drop goals after the match went tied after extra time.
Guyana will participate in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, having won the NAWIRA qualifying tournament in Mexico in November 2009. The side is currently captained by Claudius Butts, with Theodore Henry taking over when Butts was injured in the buildup to Mexico.
The side are currently coached by Larry Adonis and Clinton Clarke, with West Indies coach Joe Whipple acting as a technical director.
The team is sponsored by X-Treme Rugby ( www.x-tremerugbywear.com) a Thailand-based company owned by former Canadian International player (50 caps), Eddie Evans. Eddie also runs charity called Nakk Suu, designed to help teach the game of rugby to kids in Thailand.
Guyanan rugby is regularly supported by the BOOST Coaching Programme based at Loughborough University, U.K, with 2 coaches travelling to spend a month with the union once a year. One coach then comes to Loughborough in return, normally in February or March.
|Rondell McArthur||Prop||UG Wolves|
|Jason Tyrell||Prop||Pepsi Hornets|
|Delroy Gordon||Prop||Pepsi Hornets|
|Jacques Archibald||Prop||UG Wolves|
|Troy Arjoon||Prop /Hooker||Brooklyn Rugby Club|
|Rickford Cummings||Hooker||Pepsi Hornets|
|Vallon Adams||Lock||Rockaway Fish Head, NY|
|Kevon David||Lock||Yamaha Caribs|
|Richard Staglon||Flanker||Trinidad Caribs|
|Jamal Angus||Flanker||UG Wolves|
|Jermaine Prowell||No. 8||GDF|
|Ryan Gonsalves||Scrum Half||Pepsi Hornets|
|Leon Greaves||Scrum Half||Pepsi Hornets|
|Peabo Hamilton||Fly Half||Trinidad Northern|
|Lancelot Adonis||Fly Half/Full Back||UG Wolves|
|Theodore Henry||Center||Yamaha Caribs|
|Kevin McKenzie||Center||Sunshine Coast Falcons, Brisbane|
|Randy James||Center/Wing||Woodland Rugby Club, Texas|
|Claudius Butts||Wing||Trinidad Harvard|
|Blaise Bailey||Wing||Pepsi Hornets|
|Ronald Mayers||Full Back||Trinidad Northern|
- Kenneth Grant-Stuart - Coach
- Robin Roberts - Manager
- Abiola Blair - Physiotherapist
|Squad to 2012 NACRA Championship 23 June 2012 |
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p78
- Gary Carbines (11 April 2015). "GUYANA v TRINIDAD TOBAGO: Caribbean Champ., South". Retrieved 6 May 2015.