Weir has my full support! – Rugby Union head backs athlete’s decision to migrate

first_imgJamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick has said that he supports 200m sprinter-turned-rugby player Warren Weir’s decision to migrate to Florida for track and field training. It was reported earlier this week that Weir will be leaving the Racers Track Club to join Lance Brauman’s camp in the United States. Benzwick said that Weir’s migration to be a better sprinter will also help him to become a better rugby player and help to raise the sport’s profile, not just locally, but internationally. “His decision to go to Florida and train is for track, but being there also allows him the opportunity to train for rugby,” Benzwick said. “The thing about Warren is that he created a major international buzz, even though he’s not 100 per cent rugby. He hasn’t played against all the giants or at the Hong Kong Sevens yet, but we hope to get him there. If we get him to play in the Hong Kong Sevens, it’s a big deal in general – not just for Jamaica Rugby, but it does well for the sport.” POSITIVE ATTENTION Benzwick said that Jamaican athletes have what he described as an “impeccable” integrity record as he said they are drug free and possess a winning mentality. “I want to big up Warren Weir and say thanks to him for bringing so much positive attention to the JRFU,” he said. “He has created a major buzz in the rugby world, with all the top athletes and top officials in the sport asking for him. “He has become social media friends with the likes of Carlin Isles, the fastest man in rugby until Warren; all the South African team players; Fiji, et cetera. And we are looking forward to him playing again and hope he continues to blaze on the track.” Benzwick said that World Rugby – the sport’s global governing body – has also been considering highlighting the London 2012 bronze medallist as an “Olympic crossover athlete”. [email protected]last_img read more

Ryder Cup winners left egos at door, says vice-captain McDowell

first_img0Shares0000Ryder Cup vice-captain Graeme McDowell says the European players left their ‘egos at the door’ © AFP/File / Eric FEFERBERGLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Ryder Cup vice-captain Graeme McDowell believes the key to Europe’s success against the United States was that the players treated each other as equals and left their “egos at the door”.Masters champion Patrick Reed criticised the leadership of the US team following their 17.5 to 10.5 defeat in France at the weekend. In comments reported by the New York Times on Monday, Reed criticised the decision to split up his previously successful partnership with Jordan Spieth and suggested that “egos” had scuppered the American challenge.Reed said the Americans had failed to take heed of their own inspirational messages pinned up in the team room.“Every day, I saw ‘Leave your egos at the door,’” Reed said. In a reference to the victorious Europeans, he added: “They do that better than us.”McDowell said the European players had come together as a team.“It was the difference between bringing your egos with you, which was apparently on the American locker room wall — and I’m not sure what that means,” the Northern Irishman said in comments reported in the British press on Tuesday.“It’s not how you build a team, right? You leave your egos at the door. You come together and you play together.“My objective opinion this week was that’s what the guys are great at and they do it naturally.”Europe had their own stars and major winners — Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Francesco Molinari — but McDowell said team spirit was good.“Just having an opinion on things, seeing the ways these guys come together is my big takeaway from the week,” said McDowell.“It is the adage of ‘yeah, the Europeans have camaraderie blah, blah, blah’ but I’ve seen it with my own eyes this week.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more