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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2022. 5:58 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Rugby Belize

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Team Belize is no longer winless in international rugby.  The Belize National Rugby 7s Team, the Camazotz, recorded their first international victory over Guatemala 26-21 in Guatemala City at the Gran Jaguar Rugby 7s international tournament last Saturday, October 15, prior to traveling to Mexico City next month for the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Super Sevens international tournament.

“It was an absolute thriller, with the Guatemalan Team throwing everything they had at the Camazotz m but Team Belize never gave up the fight,” said Belize Rugby Union’s newsletter Line-Out.

Though Team Belize lost the other five games the win over the Guatemalan squad was quite an accomplishment.

Belize competed in their first international tournament, the Fireminds Rugby Americas North Sevens, in October 2021 in Turks and Caicos Islands and this year in the Americas North (RAN) Sevens Qualifiers in Nassau, Bahamas on April 23-24.

Though Belize hadn’t won an international game yet, Belizean Ashton Usher was named to Rugby Americas North (RAN) Dream Team for his brilliant performance at the RAN 7s Qualifiers in Nassau, Bahamas, where he scored for tries.

“Historic achievement by Ashton Usher – first Belizean to EVER be selected for a rugby Dream Team!” said Rugby Belize’s president Tony Gillings at the time.

“Never before has a Belizean made an international rugby Dream Team.”

Now they turn sights on Mexico.

Hosted by the Mexican Rugby Federation (Rugby Mexico), the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Super Sevens will run from November 11-13 and will serve as a qualifying tournament for both the 2023 Centro Caribe Games and the 2023 Pan American Games. RAN said the top two Senior Men’s and Women’s teams from the Super Sevens will compete in Chile at next year’s Pan American Games, along with the United States and Canada who have already qualified. The qualifying criteria for the Centro Caribe Games have not yet been determined.

But Belize Rugby needs financial assistance for their international participation in Mexico, Belize Rugby Director Daniel Nicolle told Krem News. He said RAN is providing them with travel expenses from Chetumal to Mexico City and back, but Belize Rugby needs to take care of accommodations and getting to Chetumal.

According to Nicolle, Belize Rugby already has a number of sponsors, namely Ashton Court Belize, Astrum Helicopters, and Travellers, but they need more assistance.

 

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