Saturday, October 22, 2011
Pan American Games Rugby Sevens - Preview Mexico
The host nation of the 2011 Pan American Games, Mexico, are in a tough position of competiting against far more traditional rugby nations at home in Guadalajara. Known as Las Serpientes, the Mexican team are likely to be in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon with the countries best chance of a victory being its pool match against Caribbean country, Guyana. Mexico is in Pool A of the two pool tournament and, in addition to Guyana, will face both Uruguay and tournament favorites Argentina in pool matches. Should Las Serpientes succeed in defeating Guyana the hosts would then have a Quarter Final match with Canada, assuming that the United States of America win Pool B. But, regardless of whether Mexico are able to win a match or not need not actually matter at all as the big picture of the exposure rugby will recieve in Mexico is unprecedented. It is to easily bwe the biggest rugby event ever to take place in the country and offers a unique chance for the sport´s profile to develop.
Despite being the weakest side in the pool, and indeed in the tournament, Las Serpientes are not new comers at all to Rugby Sevens tournaments at the international or global level. Mexico has previously played in Hong Kong and the USA at IRB Rugby Sevens World Circuit events. The most recent occassion was in Hong Kong earlier this year in which Mexico had matches agaisnt Samoa, Scotland, Tonga and Spain but was winless. Mexico is a team developing and, despite being affiliated to the IRB, is yet to be placed in the IRB World Rankings.
Las Serpientes Squad
Juan Pablo Andrade (Jaguares)
Jorge Bermúdez captain (Wallabies)
Miguel Carner (Tazmania)
Christian Henning (Black Thunder)
Luis Fernando Herreja (Black Thunder)
Carlos Jiménez (Tazmania)
Santiago Leboreiro (Lobos Universidad Iberoamericana)
Rodrigo Ramos (Black Thunder)
Mauricio Ríos (Wallabies)
Hong Kong Sevens 2011 - Mexico vs Spain
Hong Kong Sevens 2011 - Scotland vs Mexico