Iggy From Kelowna on Spain 7s Team That Took 6th Place at Hong Kong: Scored 1st Try Against Argentina
This is an interesting story, Ignacio (Iggy) Rodriguez Guerra was playing for the Kelowna Crows last year. He also played for the BC Next Gen 7s team at the Vancouver Rugby Festival in 2017. I remember the tournament well as Jared Douglas also played for BC and was picked up by Damian McGrath for the Canada 7s team based on his performance.
Jared is back home as one of the non-travelling players for this tour, Iggy is on the 6th place Spanish team which only lost to Argentina by 2 points in the 5th place match. Iggy scored the first try for Spain.
It's a small rugby world. BC didn't do all that well in that Vancouver tournament and Iggy first started on the bench and worked his way into a starting role. It was the same for him at Hong Kong, he was on the bench, didn't play against Canada but started against Argentina in their last game. In Vancouver last year the BC team took 5th place. The Maple Leafs won the tournament, Wolfpack 2nd, Thunder 3rd and UBCOB Ravens 4th.
I talked to BC coach Aaron Frisby, his comments on Iggy, "He was a skillful player for his size, definitely understood the game of 7s well and had all the attributes you would want in a 7s player. He worked his way from the bench to a starter for us within a couple of games."
Well done Iggy, you never know about talent - it grows and you can't base your appraisal on a snapshot over one game or tournament. Also you can't come in with preconceived ideas about a player. Sometimes a player goes up a level and fits right in and excels.
Ignacio (Iggy) Rodriguez Guerra of the Kelowna Crows straight-arms a Surrey Beaver early in their BCRU Div. 1 match at Parkinson Sportsfields. (April 2017 from kelownanow.com)