Reggae Crocs facing financial woes before Hong Kong Sevens

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Simon Preston

Financial struggles are threatening to derail Jamaica's chances of competing at next month's Hong Kong Sevens Rugby Tournament. The Jamaica Rugby Union is trying pay off a US$ 40,000 debt owed to the Hong Kong Federation, which had paid for eye surgery for Jamaican player Omar Dixon, who was injured during last year's edition.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's national rugby sevens team is set to commence their busy 2018 international calendar playing against Ireland, Uruguay and the Cook Islands in the Hong Kong Sevens Tournament next month. The draw which took place on Monday, saw the Jamaicans placed in Pool 'G' for the world series qualifier as the number three seed in their group. 

Group "E" comprises Japan, Uganda, Chile and Georgia while Group "F" has Papua New Guinea, Germany, Zimbabwe and the host nation Hong Hong. The top two teams along with the best two third place finishers will advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. Only the winner will qualify for the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series.

This will be Jamaica's third appearance in the tournament after runs in the 2013 and 2017 tournaments. After the Hong Kong Sevens, the Crocs will then head over to Gold Coast, Australia for the Commonwealth Games. 

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