Central America competes in International Rugby Tournament

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The Panamanian Rugby Union (UPR) has announced their “Consur-C” International Rugby Tournament to be played in men’s and women’s divisions.

The tournament will take place from Sunday, October 5 to Saturday, October 11 at the Kiwanis’ Sports Complex in the City of Knowledge in Clayton. The national selections from the following countries have confirmed their participation: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Women’s division rugby with Costa Rica vs. Colombia in a match played earlier in the year.

Women’s division rugby with Costa Rica vs. Colombia in a match played earlier in the year.

The tourney starts with the men’s division games on October 5 starting at 10 a.m. with Costa Rica vs. Panama followed by Guatemala vs. El Salvador. The men’s teams continue play until Wednesday, October 8, with the finals taking place October 11. They will play under the Rugby XV format in which teams compete with 15 players each.

The competition in the women’s division begins Friday, October 10 with “round robin” play. The men’s final will take place Saturday, October 11. These teams will play under the “Rugby Sevens” format with seven players per team which is the same format used in the Olympic Games.

The tournament is endorsed by the South American Rugby Confederation (CONSUR), the recognized authority for rugby played in Central and South America. The event is also endorsed by the International Rugby Board (IRB). The CONSUR-C Tournament takes place on a yearly basis, rotating locations amongst the countries of its members. El Salvador will be the location for the 2015 competition, and this is the first time Panama has received a rugby event of this level. All participating countries will receive points towards their world ranking.

Along with the games, a series of meetings will be held between CONSUR’s board members, the IRB and the presidents of the rugby federations from each participating country. They will discuss development of the sport in the region.

Panama’s men’s and women’s teams have been training for the past four months for this competition. They are favorites to place in the top three of their respective divisions.

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