Guam - Guam's Men's National Rugby Team is heading to Laos to compete in the Asian Division 3 15's rugby tournament set for May 29th and 31st. 25 players will be traveling to compete led by head coach Tony Penn, former New Zealand's Hurricane player.
Penn, National Team Coach, said, "This year has been a little bit different and we have been on a little tighter schedule. We had confirmation 6 weeks ago that we were going to compete in the tournament. I arrived here last Wednesday and we have been training putting the boys through some rigorous training sessions twice a day. A lot of the guys had to go to work afterwards so we start training at 5:30 am - 6:00 am in the morning and then the boys go to work. And then we have another training session at 6:00 pm at night, so the boys have been working hard and are pretty dedicated and excited of the prospects of going to Laos and doing the business."
Team Guam will face the host country Laos who is seeded 4th in their first game. With a win Guam will advance to the championship game. The other two countries competing in the tournament are Indonesia and China.
Paul Claros, the National team Captain told KUAM Sports, "Well, coach TP'S specialty is literally in the forward pack so that being our strength it makes us even better. He brings a different aspect of the game from New Zealand and of course being a little more dynamic. We will basically be playing front football and just go forward from there. It looks like our physicality is going to be our strength for us, our forward pack is really big and I think the last couple of months we have been conditioning very well and it should help us out. We just have to get the basics right, catching, passing and tackling. We have been on the bad end of some unlucky calls and for us we don't want to be put in that situation anymore and from the get go just dominate in Laos."