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Guyana Sevens guests at Welford Road

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The Guyana Rugby Sevens squad made a guest appearance at Welford Road this week before departing for the Commonwealth Games.

The squad put the finishing touches to their preparations for the Games by spending some time at Loughborough University and departed on a high note after winning a four-way tournament there and enjoyed an appearance at the Tigers Development XV win over Leeds Carnegie on Monday.

Tigers community manager Scott Clarke said: “Guyana have been pretty successful in the Sevens format in their domestic competitions but this is the first time they’ve qualified for the Commonwealth Games.

“We were delighted to welcome them to Welford Road and they enjoy a good look around as well as showing their support for Tigers in such a hard-fought game.

“On behalf of everyone at Tigers, I’d like to wish Guyana Rugby president Kit Nascimento and all of the squad a safe journey and good luck in India.”

Guyana this year won the Central American and Caribbean Games Rugby Sevens tournament and the Caribbean Championships for the fifth year in succession.

In Delhi, they will face a tough test after being drawn in a pool with Scotland, Canada and New Zealand.

Guyana are the second national sevens team to visit Leicester Tigers this season. The India national sevens team prepared for the Commonwealth Games with a trip to Oval Park, where they watched the first team train, and a tour of Welford Road.

The players were guests of Tigers legend and now club director Rory Underwood, who is also HSBC Asian Five Nations ambassador. India are in the same Commonwealth Games pool as South Africa, Tonga and Wales.