Tournament cash: Carib brand manager Keston Quow, right, presents a sponsorship cheque to managing director of Baxter's Limited, Brian Stollmeyer during the launch of the 2012 Carib Tobago International Rugby 7s Tournament at the Hospitality Suite on the Carib Brewery Compound, Champs Fleurs yesterday. The International Rugby 7s Tournament takes place at Bon Accord Sports Ground, Tobago on December 8 and 9. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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Festival style for Tobago International Sevens

By Roger Seepersad

Trinidad and Tobago's unique culture will be on display during the second edition of the Carib Tobago International Rugby Sevens tournament which takes place on December 8 and 9 at Bon Accord Sports Ground in Tobago.

Six international clubs will join 20 local teams for a five-day experience which, in addition to a weekend of rugby action, will also include the "Carib Rugby Grand Goat Racing Fiesta" at the Buccoo Integrated Sporting Facility, as well as a "Greasy Pig" catching competition.

The five-day festival-style tournament gets underway on December 6 with a "Christmas Carol Singing Session," with each local team singing three Christmas Carols of their choice.

The Goat Racing takes place on December 7 from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. at Buccoo, and a beach party at Store Bay will bring end to the festivities on December 10.

The cost of putting on the tournament and all the activities is estimated to be TT$500,000 and director of Sport Tourism at the Tourism Development Company, Manohar Ramsaran believes it is money well spent.

Ramsaran said sport tourism is now coming to the fore and that Tobago is already the leading sports destination in the region for hosting international events.

This year Tobago has hosted the West Indies Cricket Board Under-17 tournament, the Tobago International Cycling Classic and the UCI 2.1 Tour of Tobago, the Caribbean Cup Group Eight qualifiers and the Carib Great Race.

In terms of the prizes at stake in the Carib Tobago International Rugby Sevens tournament, the Men's Division winners will get the Carib Cup plus 12 gold medals, while the runners-up will receive the Zoti Cup and 12 silver medals.

The Plate winners take home the SPORTT Cup and 12 bronze medals and the losing Plate finalists will get the Caribbean Airlines Cup and 12 bronze medals.

The first prize for the Women's Division is the Tobago Department of Tourism Cup and 12 gold medals plus US$5,000.

The losing Women's Division finalists get US$2,500 and the Tourism Development Company Cup as well as 12 silver medals.

The third place women's team gets US$1,500 and the Baxter's Limited Cup, while the fourth place team will get the Tobago Travel Cup and US$1,000.

Also up for grabs are the Larry Mouttet Camaraderie Trophy for the Most Sociable Team, the Jamie Waters Memorial Trophy for the Most Promising Player and the Burt Angello Waldron Memorial Trophy which goes to a team chosen by the Tobago RFC.

Defending Men's Division champions Northern Rugby Football Club will again be taking part in the tournament and will face competition from international clubs Barbados RFC, Border Reivers of Scotland, CRUM of Venezuela, Dog River Howlers of Canada, Martinique Nationals and the University of Guyana team.

The international women's squads taking part include Atlanta Harlequins from the US, Barbados RFC, Beavers from Canada, Dog River Howlers of Canada, Rugby Ecosse of Scotland and Yamaha Caribs of Guyana.

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