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Warren Weir joins Jamaica's Rugby Sevens team

Monday, July 09, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Olympic Bronze Medallist, Warren Weir has joined the Jamaica's Rugby Sevens team and will make his debut at the upcoming CAC Games slated for July 19 to August 3, 2018 in Barranquilla, Colombia.

The announcement was made at a press conference today by the Jamaica Rugby Union and the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) at the offices of the JOA.

Weir joined the rugby team after a premature end to his 2018 track season, after an injury sustained at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. He was then advised to sit out the duration of his track season.

Weir plans to resume his track and field training in the upcoming season.

“There have been several media reports about me donning the national colours as a Rugby player. I was not able to speak about the decision before because it would have gone against all protocol considering there is a press announcement slated for today,” Weir said.

“Now that an official announcement has been made by both the Jamaica Rugby Union and the Jamaica Olympic Association, I may now express my feelings."

“First of all, it has always been my greatest honour to represent Jamaica in any form. I gladly took up the offer to play Rugby when I was approached about joining the team because my pace would be an asset to the sport.”

Weir pointed out that his inclusion at the CAC Games as a rugby player should not be seen “as any kind of decision on my association with track and field as I am still a sprinter.”

“My coach, agent, and all associations were notified about the possibility and my trials with Jamaica's rugby outfit," he said.

The Jamaica Rugby Team is scheduled to make its historic appearance at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco this month. Other members of the team include Owen Linton, Oshane Eddie, Dyneal Fessal, Omar Dixon and Marcus Webber to name a few.

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