Fresh blood included in national team
Jamie Barnwell has announced his 31-man squad for the opening warm up game in the build-up to this year’s Rugby Americas North Championships 2019.
Pete Dunkerly and Aldo Campbell will co-captain the side, with Tashaun De Silva filling in as vice-captain. Eighteen uncapped players also have been called up including Michael Keyes, Trae Stephens, Ben Green, Jamie Baum, Henry Johnson, Cairi Oldbuoy, Danny Pell, Dan Cole, Paul Kelley, Stephan Smit, Mike Kelley, Miguel Posselthwaite, Scott Clarke, Jahkee Simmonds, Felix Obas, Cameron Forde, George Peets and Matthew Daniel.
Barnwell’s inclusion of fresh blood reflects the good form of these players, but there’s no room for Sevens Specialist Antonio Perinchief or Corey Boyce and Jordan De Shields who are taking time away from rugby.
Teacher’s Kai Edwards has also been recalled into the team, after a lengthy spell out of the national squad alongside Brian Archibald returning after an extended period out due to injury.
Tom Healey, Thomas Greenslade and Darren Richardson are unavailable, and Michael Halbert is absent due to injury.
Bermuda will host Princeton Flying Tigers at the National Stadium in the warm up game on Saturday, February 16, before taking on Jamaica three weeks later on March 9, in Bermuda.
Jamie Barnwell said: “With plenty of new personnel involved and limited time, the RAN Championships is going to be incredibly challenging.
“The players selected will know they will need to be at their best to be competitive.”
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