Pan-Am Games Rugby Starts Friday
Pan-Am Games Rugby Starts Friday
The Pan-Am Games rugby competition kicks off Friday in Lima, Peru with both the women's and men's events logging one pool game on the first day.
The schedule is as follows:
Game times are local time (same as Central Time)
9:50AM: Colombia vs Argentina Women
10:15AM: USA vs Trinidad & Tobago Women
10:40AM: Brazil vs Peru Women
11:05AM: Canada vs Mexico Women
11:30AM: Brazil vs Chile Men
11:55AM: USA vs Guyana Men
12:20PM: Canada vs Uruguay Men
12:45PM: Argentina vs Jamaica Men
Saturday sees a full slate of games with everyone playing twice to finish out pool play.
On Sunday, the top two teams from each pool face off in the semis and then the medal matches. The bottom two teams from each pool play a semi and final for placement.
Pool A: USA, Chile, Brazil, Guyana
Pool B: Argentina, Canada, Uruguay, Jamaica
Pool A: USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina, Colombia
Pool B: Brazil, Peru, Canada, Mexico
“We have one clear goal and that is to win the Pan American Gold,” said Argentina men's head coach Santiago Gomez Cora. His squad spent a week training in Brazil. “It was really helpful as it allowed us to focus on the task ahead in good weather.”
Uruguay includes two players with Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 experience in Eugenio Plottier and Diego Ardao.
The USA men field a fairly young team. Cal standout Christian Dyer, who was named to the squad eallier, has had to pull out due to injury.
“Our Pan Am squad is excited to continue on the overwhelming success of the sevens program as a whole,” said JD Stephenson, who will coach the team this weekend in place of Mike Friday. “Automatic qualification for both our men’s and women’s programs is a tough act to follow, but the group selected is hungry for an opportunity to impress against some of the world’s best. The selection committee has picked a squad that represents our Tokyo 2020 hopefuls, but also those who could be pivotal in our success working towards 2024.”
Canada won the inaugural women's event in 2015, and the Maple Leafs return with a repeat on their minds.
“We’ve got a great mix of talent on this Pan American Games team,” said head coach and former Canadian captain Morgan Williams. “We have some exciting up-and-coming talent as well as some experienced world series veterans. This will be a great opportunity for exposure and experience on a big stage, especially as we look to build to Tokyo 2020.”
Meanwhile Peru will be up against it but get a chance to play some high-level rugby.
“We fully understand that this tournament is the most important in our sporting career and for this, we’ve been preparing very hard for quite some time,” says captain Rosemary Quesada Guzmán. “As amateurs, we trained twice a day, three times a week in able to be at our best for the Games.”
Previous Pan-Am Games Results:
2011 (Guadalajara, Mexico) Men: Gold Canada, Silver Argentina, Bronze USA
2015 (Toronto, Canada) Men: Gold Canada, Silver Argentina, Bronze USA
Women: Gold Canada, Silver USA, Bronze Brazil
This year's even will likely have to same top three for men and women. However, Uruguay is a strong men's team and Pool B promises to be a tough one for both Argentina and Canada. Watch out also for Chile.
Canada's squads are both very experienced, and the USA women also will take what is almost a front-line squad.
|Canada Women Roster||Canada Men Roster|
|Delaney Aikens (Briercrest, Sask.) University of British Columbia||Phil Berna (Vancouver, B.C.) University of British Columbia|
|Pam Buisa (Gatineau, Que.) Ottawa Irish||Cooper Coats (Halifax, N.S.) Halifax Tars|
|Emma Chown (Barrie, Ont.) Aurora Barbarians||AdmirCejvanovic (Burnaby, B.C.) Burnaby Lake RFC|
|Caroline Crossley (Victoria, B.C.) Castaway Wanderers||Sean Duke (Vancouver, B.C.) Unattached|
|Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, Ont.) Ottawa Irish||Nathan Hirayama (Richmond, B.C.) Unattached|
|Asia Hogan-Rochester (Toronto, Ont.) York Lions||Harry Jones (West Vancouver, B.C.) CapilanoRFC|
|Sara Kaljuvee (Ajax, Ont.) Toronto Scottish||Isaac Kaay (Kamloops, B.C.) UVICVikes|
|TausaniLevale (Abbotsford, B.C.) Abbotsford RFC||Patrick Kay (Duncan, B.C.) Castaway Wanderers|
|KailiLukan (Barrie, Ont.) Unattached||Luke McCloskey (Cranbrook, B.C.) Castaway Wanderers|
|Kayla Moleschi (Williams Lake, B.C.) Williams Lake Rustlers||Josiah Morra (Toronto, Ont.) Toronto Saracens|
|BreanneNicholas (Blenheim, Ont.) London St. Georges RFC||BrennigPrevost (Victoria, B.C.) Castaway Wanderers|
|TemitiopeOgunjimi (Calgary, Alta.) Calgary Hornets||Adam Zaruba (North Vancouver, B.C.) CapilanoRFC|
|Morgan Williams (Victoria, B.C.) Head Coach||Henry Paul (Victoria, B.C.) Head Coach|
|USA Women Roster||USA Men Roster|
|Kayla Canett||Scrumhalf / Flyhalf||USA Sevens Residency Program||Joe Schroeder||Prop||USA Sevens Residency Program|
|Cheta Emba||Prop||USA Sevens Residency Program||Jake Lachina||Prop||Army West Point|
|Abby Gustaitis||Prop / Hooker||USA Sevens Residency Program||Anthony Welmers||Prop||USA Sevens Residency Program|
|Emily Henrich||Prop / Center||Dartmouth College||Lorenzo Thomas||Prop||Lindenwood University|
|Kristi Kirshe||Center / Wing||USA Sevens Residency Program||Ben Broselle||Hooker/Center||USA Sevens Residency Program|
|Ilona Maher||Prop / Center||USA Sevens Residency Program||Harley Wheeler||Hooker||Life University|
|Jordan Matyas||Prop||USA Sevens Residency Program||Cody Melphy||Flyhalf||USA Sevens Residency Program|
|Alena Olsen||Scrumhalf / Flyhalf||USA Sevens Residency Program||Naima Fuala'au||Scrumhalf||USA Sevens Residency Program|
|Ari Ramsey||Scrumhalf / Wing||Dartmouth College||D'Montae Noble||Scrumhalf||Kutztown University|
|Stephanie Rovetti||Flyhalf / Center||USA Sevens Residency Program||Marcus Tupuola||Center/Wing||USA Sevens Residency Program|
|Naya Tapper||Wing / Prop||USA Sevens Residency Program||Maceo Brown||Center||USA Sevens Residency Program|
|Lauren Thunen||Prop||Santa Barbara Rugby||Travion Clark||Wing||Vale Rugby|
|Emilie Bydwell||Head Coach||JD Stephenson||Head Coach|