West Indies set to debut in Sevens Series
November 21, 2000

A West Indies team is set to represent the Caribbean region in the World Sevens Series after the IRB accepted their application as long as they meet certain criteria.

The IRB decided that the eight Caribbean unions were not individually strong enough to appear during the Series but would allow a combined side to compete in the competition.

The IRB welcomed their presence saying, "One of the primary purposes in establishing the World Sevens Series was to assist in the development and expansion of the game."

In the meeting in Dublin, it was also announced that Sevens Rugby will form part of the World Games to be held at Akita, Japan on 25th-26th August next year.

There will be eight competing countries and so far acceptances have been received from Australia, Canada, Fiji, France, Japan and South Africa. It is hoped that a combined British team and one from New Zealand will also enter the Games.

Also at the IRB meeting it was decided that qualification for competing in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 will be done through the Rugby World Cup Sevens to be held in Mar del Plata in January, the World Sevens Series and IRB recognised regional tournaments.

All 36 eligible Unions have been contacted and provided with provisional information on qualifying procedures for the Games.

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