Jamaica Crocs 7s bring 18 players to AF7S tournaments in England
ENGLAND, U.K. – Jamaica Men’s Seven’s Head Coach, Stephen Lewis has named a 18-player extended squad for the AF International Sevens (Oct 25-26) taking place in England.
The squad features a mix of experienced Crocs Players from the likes of Conan Osborne, the Captain, to Dyneal Fassel, Omari Caro and Anthony Bingham. Back in the line up, Omar Dixon, Tyler Bush, Mason Caton-Brown have been named alongside teenager, moving up the ranks, Aaron Hamilton and Joe Parkes. Michael St.Clair, US7s National Bronze medalist for Old Blue Rugby & MLR winger for RUNY was also named in this Crocs Sevens Squad.
All 18 players could see playing time at AF International Sevens (AFI 7s) with each team permitted to use rolling subs throughout the competition.
Coach Lewis, shared some thoughts ahead of Thursday:
The program has made some strides this last year, getting the scalp of a higher-ranked team finally, (Uruguay), and staying alive in the Olympic qualification process. There have also been some ordinary performances, which more accurately reflect our true position, (Guyana, Chile etc). This weekend’s tournament against top sides is vital to our programme in what will be a busy season, leading up to the Olympic qualifier at the repecharge.
It is critical that we maintain momentum and come together to claim another scalp or two, which in turn, will allow us to generate headlines, and consequently, the funding to allow us to prepare properly. It is a unique opportunity we have been given, and we must embrace it, seize it, and represent Jamaica to the best of our collective abilities.
In January, I will be attending 2 tournaments in Jamaica as well as holding a weekend camp there. That will be the selection vehicle for domestic-based players.
Our current squad is not deep enough or large enough to compete at the level we want to, and so we must find new players wherever they are, Jamaica, the UK, the US, Canada, rugby league, or other sports, in order to supplement what we have. Simultaneously, we must also re-energize current and former players to perform at higher levels.
There is only one better feeling in sport than representing your country against the best in the world, and that is playing to your full potential and beating them.
It starts on Friday.
JRFU Team for the AF INTERNATIONAL SEVEN’S
1. Dyneal Fassel
2. Anthony Bingham
3. Tyler Bush
4. Lucas Roy-Smith
5. Aaron Hamilton
6. Conan Osborne (C)
7. Omari Caro
8. Mason Caton-Brown
9. Michael St. Clair
10. Haydn Annakie
11. Jordan Sullivan-Warner
12. Samuel Rees
13. Mathew Wilson
14. Omar Dixon
15. Joe Parkes
16. Greg Johnson
17. Loyd Anderson
18. Joseph Hylton
Head Coach: Stephen Lewis
Assistant Coach: Ricky Khan
S&C Coach: Stuart Aimer
Physio: Zach Baggott
Team Manager: Hughton Campbell
AF INTERNATIONAL SEVENS SCHEDULE FOR JAMAICA CROCS 7S
Broadcast LIVE on florugby.com
vs Ireland | Fri, Oct 25 – 9:00 AM ET
vs France | Fri, Oct 25 – 12:40 PM ET
vs Nigeria | Fri, Oct 25 – 4:40 PM ET
vs USA | Sat, Oct 26 – 6:20 AM ET
*Knockout stages begin at 8:40 AM ET