MUMBAI: Flanker Mike Cassidy will lead Guam in an rugby international match against India at the Bombay Gymkhana on Saturday. The home side, 88th on the International Rugby Board (IRB) list, will need to show co-ordination to back an assembly of national and expatriate talent for the triangular series, Philippines being the third team.
Nasser Hussain, the Indian skipper and most experienced hand with 20 international appearances, expects Guam (ranked six places higher at 82) will be banking on a free-flowing game. “We need to play close and try to keep their offensive moves in check as much as possible,” he said.
The teams: India: Ashwin Reddy, Hemanth Kumar, Manmandir Samra, Dalwinder Singh, Joshua Clacy, Manoj Bahl, Nasser Hussain (capt), Hrishikesh Pendse, Mukarram Faizullabhoy, Emil Vartazarian, Ganesh Sawant, Puneeth Krishnamurthy, Mufaddal Indorewala, Bikash Jena, Francis Brown, Parvender Singh, Devender Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, Amit Lochab, Rahul Bose, Madhesh Pachaippan, Pritam Roy. Coach: David Wiggins. Manager: Maneck Unwala.
Guam: Leonard Calvo, Niko Castro, Anthony Gilbert, Tim Wenden, Mike Rothermich, Matt Sgro, John Arceo, Mike Cassidy (capt), Terita Vuniwaa, Edward Calvo, Pavl Eustaqio, Steve McManus, Jaime Paulino, Earl Pascual, Vern Lokeijah, Matt Sabhlan, Faanunu Ngungutav, Manny Cruz, David Lebrun, Tony Villena, Casey Nelson, Peter Walls. Coach: Peniasi Ulviriti. Manager: Neil Payntes. — Special Correspondent