Miguel Carner has been elected as the new president of Rugby Americas North. The Mexican will be the head of Rugby Americas North on a four year term. Carter will take up the new position having previously been Rugby Americas North Treasurer.
The election of Carner comes at a time in which Mexico is experiencing sustained grow. Growing player numbers and improvement from international sides see Mexico considered as an overall priority of World Rugby. Though not yet confirmed, Mexico has been included the the new Américas Championship B with Colombia, Paraguay and possibly Trinidad & Tobago.
Carner’s term follows that of Dennis Dwyer. Formerly the Head Coach of the Bermuda National team and President of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union, Dwyer also has years of refereeing experience and was previously the leading official in the West Indies.
Originally formed in March 2001, under the name of North America and West Indies Rugby Association (“NAWIRA”), RAN is one of the six World Rugby regional associations. RAN is the governing body of the sixteen Unions in Rugby Americas North.
It has diverse membership and currently consists of, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA. In August 2011 the Turks & Caicos Islands and Curacao were admitted as Associate Members of RAN, with the Dominican Republic also joining as an Associate Member in 2015.