Sunday, August 22, 2010
2010 Commonwealth Games
Of the 12 American Teams that are a part of the Commonwealth two will compete at this years Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi, India in October. Canada and Guyana are the two succesful teams with Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, St Vincent & The Grenadines, St Lucia, Turks & Caicos and Trinidad & Tobago all missing out. The tournament will be played over two days at the University of Delhi Stadium and will involve 16 teams.
Canada have always been the best Commonwealth rugby country from the Americas and will be looking to their impressive performances in 2010 which have included wins against strong teams. In the Wellington Sevens Canada defeated Argentina 26-7 and France 21-19. At the Hong Kong Sevens, Canada won the Bowl final after defeating Tonga 12-10 and China 12-7 in pool play and then defeating Tonga again 26-0, Portugal 26-24 and Wales 35-19 to win the Bowl. At the London Sevens Canada ´s success continued as they again won the Bowl Final. In pool play Canada knocked over France 26–5 and in the Bowl series defeated Russia 21-12, the United States 22-17 and Portugal 19-17 in the final. Canada were unable to repeat their success at the Edinburgh Sevens but did defeat England 19–26 and Italy 35-0.
Considereing these results it is fair to say that Canada are contenders for a medal and could indeed target the Bronze medal. They will be advantaged by the fact that only Commonwealth countries compete which means the likes of Argentina, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia and the United States will all not be competing. Powerhouses, Fiji will also not be competing as the country is banned from the Games because of the 2006 military coup which overthrew the democratically elected government.
Guyana have not participated in as many International Sevens Tournaments as Canada but have nonetheless had success. The team participated in the 2010 USA leg of the Sevens World Series in Las Vegas the 2010 Las Vegas and managed a 12-12 draw vs France. They will be targeting at least one win and do appear to be a better side than some of the other 15 teams who will participate in the event. Guyana's participation, like Canada's further underlines the strength of the Americas region to host Rugby World Cup 2023. Argentina should have the honor of hosting and the backing of the entire region.