President Anthony Carmona celebrated the efforts and success of the national senior men’s 15s team, with a reception at the President’s House, St Ann’s, on Wednesday following their recent caputure of the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association (Nacra) Rugby Championship title.

President Carmona was present two weeks ago when T&T defeated Mexico 30-16 in a thrilling title showdown at St Mary’s College Ground, St Clair, between the winners of the North and South Zones, respectively.

T&T advanced to the final after dethroning Guyana with a 22-20 win—also at home—and a comfortable 44-7 win away to Barbados.

The President, patron of the T&T Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) hosted the team, coach, manager and TTRFU staff at his office, where he extended hearty congratulations for their outstanding performance. Further, he acknowledged the discipline shown in defence, especially in the second half, when Mexico turned on the pressure.

The players, through vice captain Felician Guerra, expressed elation at President Carmona’s presence at the game, hosting them and of his knowledge of the sport. Guerra extended his appreciation for President Carmona’s presence at the match, something he said provided inspiration.