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Rugby community to descend upon Dededo for Tru Grit

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - 10 men's teams and 4 women's teams will take to the Wettengel Field in Dededo for this weekend's Tru Grit Rugby Tournament. There will be 2 teams from Japan competing along with some U-19 teams taking part in the tournament for the first time. The skill level at the tournament will be top notch with all the teams vying for a chance to walk away Cup Champions.

Jesse Perez with Da Doks told KUAM Sports, "Adding the U-19 is the upcoming new talent into the sport and there is going to be a lot of great talent. There are some big boys to some small speedsters so it's a wide variety. Especially with the Japanese coming in it's going to be a lot of good competition. With the Japanese teams they are really good with their hands and most of them are not as big as us or as aggressive so they are really good with ball handling and they can hit gaps really well, basically they are good with running."

The sport has grown over the last 10 years with several local players making it at the collegiate and national level. Tournaments like these allow our players here at home to develop their game against one another as well as our off island competitors.

Shannon Siguenza with the Guam Rugby Club added, "We just finished our 3rd season of girl's tackle rugby and the skill level that the girls were able to show in just the short amount of time was really amazing and it was really good work by all the coaches. It was good dedication by the rugby community. In my 5 years of playing rugby we had one team that was split into 2 to play the tournament and then now we have 4 women's teams and that's not actually all of the people or women that play rugby. These are just the women that are able to come out and make time for the tournament this weekend."

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