The pools and playing format have been announced for the 2017 Rugby Americas North (RAN) scheduled to be held in Mexico City on November 25 and 26. Ten men’s teams and seven women’s teams will compete in the two-day tournament.
Final schedules will be announced shortly.
The competing teams in the Men’s Division are; Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and host Mexico.
The following countries will be represented in the Women’s Division; Bermuda, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and host Mexico.
Guyana men’s outfit, dubbed the ‘Green Machine,’ will be in Pool A along with Barbados and the Cayman Islands. Pool B consists of Jamaica, Bermuda and the Dominican Republic. A tough Pool C will see Trinidad and Tobago, the hosts, British Virgin Islands and ruggers from Curacao locking horns.
The men’s competition on the first day will be a pool round robin, with seedings based on the 2016 standings. On day one the top two teams in each pool go through to play off in two further pools, and the remaining four teams will play off in a separate round robin tournament as follows:
Cup Round Robin Phase
(2 matches each per team)
Pool 1:1st Pool A, 2nd Pool C, 2nd Pool B. Pool 2: 1st Pool B, 1st Pool C, 2nd Pool A
Winner Pool 1 v Winner Pool 2
3rd / 4th Match: Runner up Pool 1 vs Runner up Pool 2: 5th / 6th Match: 3rd Pool 1 vs 3rd Pool 2
Plate Round Robin Tournament:
3rd Pool A, 3rd Pool B, 3rd Pool C and 4th Pool C.
The above format allows for six teams after day one to be in contention to win the tournament and qualify for the CASCO Games 2018.
On the women’s side, a round robin tournament over two days will take place, where every team will play each other (three matches each day per team) and final positions will be based on final standings in the group.
All matches will be streamed live and fans can follow the action on social media using the hashtag #RAN7s.