RUGGERS in Guyana will be getting ready for what is anticipated to be a hectic 2020 when they get into pre-season mode from this Saturday with the traditional North versus South 15s match scheduled for the Athletics Field at the National Park; bully off time is 15:00hrs.Pre-season action will continue the following Saturday at the same venue and time with a 10s match featuring the President and Vice President teams.From Sunday, January 26, training for the respective Under-19, Women and Senior teams will commence ahead of the annual matches against French Guiana which would be hosted by the French. The dates are to be confirmed.Additionally, Guyana will commence its 2023 World XV International qualifier matches with a home game against old rivals Trinidad and Tobago in late March or early April in the Southern Zone.This would be followed by an away game in late April or early May; the Northern Zone is slated to commence in March. Winner of the Southern Zone will play the winner of the Northern Zone for the right to advance further. The USA, Canada and Mexico continue to be the juggernauts of North American Rugby.Meanwhile, international home games listed for Guyana may see GRFU having to forfeit same due to the lack of international size Rugby pitches, an official of the Union disclosed. Works would have commenced by the National Sports Commission to upgrade the Rugby Field at the National Park to international standards but the inclement weather and lack of materials would have stalled that project which does not have a definitive completion date as yet.The GRFU, despite sterling efforts over the past two years which saw a substantial amount of debts being cleared, remains currently in the red due to unfulfilled promises of assistance and commitments by both the Ministry of Social Cohesion and the NSC.Elections are slated for the end of this month and a new Executive is expected to be installed to guide the Union forward over the next two years. Current president, Peter Green, has indicated that he will not be seeking re-election to the post but will remain available to the Union to guide and assist due to his vast knowledge of World Rugby gained over the years.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, – The Guyana government says it is “monitoring on going related developments in Venezuela after two TU-160 supersonic bombers, known as “White Swans” landed at Maiquetia airport near the capital, Caracas, on Monday.The deployment of the bombers came days after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, held talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.The United States has been critical of the Maduro-led government in the South American oil rich country and has openly called for its removal from office.Guyana has an ongoing border dispute with Venezuela that is likely to go before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and in a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “has been approached with regards to reports of the deployment the two TU-160 supersonic bombers” in the neighboring country.Ministry monitoring developments“The Ministry is monitoring ongoing related developments. It is important to note that military exercises are a regular feature of state relations and do not in themselves constitute a threat,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.“Farther, Guyana is fully committed to the rule of international law, including the peaceful resolutions of dispute. Notwithstanding the ongoing border controversy, Guyana remains open to pursing meaningful functional cooperation with Venezuela whenever that opportunity arises,” it said.Guyana also noted that it has had “cordial diplomatic relations with Russia since December 17, 1970”.Criticized by WashingtonWashington has criticized the decision by Moscow to send the bombers to Caracas with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, noting that Russia had sent the planes “halfway around the world.“The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer.”But the Kremlin rejected Pompeo’s criticism, saying it was “highly undiplomatic” and “completely inappropriate.”Russia’s Defence Ministry, which said the bombers had been accompanied by two other Russian military planes, did not say if the planes were carrying missiles, how long they would stay for, or what their mission was.