Handing over: Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union president Leslie Figaro, left, presents the national Women's Sevens trophy to Royalians' captain Kwanize John at the Queen's Park Savannah on Saturday.

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Rainbow, Royalians triumph in U-17, Women's Sevens

Rainbow Sports and Cultural Club from Trainline , Marabella captured the Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) National Under-17 seven-a-side rugby title when they defeated Caribs Rugby Club Under-17s 67-0 in the championship final .

Rainbow, the TTRFU Under-17 league champions, played unbeaten on Saturday at the Queens Park Savannah. Six clubs fielded teams, however Under-17 League runners-up Stag Trinidad Northern did not participate due to the unavailability of many of their players.

In the women's division, Royalians capped a great year by adding the national sevens title to their knockout and League titles.

The three-team women's sevens was competitive and entertaining, with Police finishing second and Caribs women in third place.

Rudolph Jack, Rainbow president and club founder, congratulated his players on a disciplined and committed performance.

"We have worked very hard over the last three years with these youngsters. We have focused on the basics on and off the field. Winning both the under 17 league title and now the national sevens is a huge boost for Rainbow and the Trainline community as it shows the youngsters that honest effort has its rewards," said Jack.

Commenting on the day's activities, TTRFU president Leslie Figaro admitted that the decision to stage the national under-17 and women's sevens championship separate from the men's championship was made at short notice . He however deemed it a success.

"The importance of the Under-17s as a key element of the TTRFU's development programme is very high. Sevens rugby is now an Olympic event. We have to raise the profile of sevens rugby among the youths both male and female. Based on the positive response of the clubs and players, a separate championship may well be a permanent feature. There are a number of things to consider but my initial reaction is very positive," added Figaro

The national men's seven-a-side championship will be held on Saturday at the Queens Park Savannah.

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