Savannah Andrade the York star was happy and honored about her call up for the Jamaican rugby 7s team.
The 21 year old player of Women’s Super League recently represented her Jamaican heritage playing at the Quest For Gold 7s in Los Angeles. The Quest For Gold Sevens tournament was organized to give Team USA and other Olympic teams a chance to prepare for the Olympic Games.
The Jamaican women’s 7s was also set to be featured in the Olympic Repechage in Monaco, but due to unfortunate events, they were not able to form a full team and had to withdraw. The majority of the players were stuck in New York after missing their connecting flight to Monaco.
Jamaica had a chance to go against Mexico and one of the women’s top team and host USA.
The young star has said in interviews that she was very honored to have represented Jamaica.
She told Love Rugby League: “It was amazing being able to represent Jamaica. It is such a strong country and I think everyone was chuffed that I was representing my country just as much as I was.
“My family were shocked when I first told them (I was going to be playing) but they were really happy for me and every time I had matches my parents stayed up until like 1am watching me.
“They were really happy for me and put a Facebook post on saying how proud they were of me. I definitely made them proud.”
Andrade spoke about her humble beginnings in her rugby career and said: “I was at Bradford since I was 16 so it was a big change going to York but I think it was definitely needed and it came at the right time for me.
“It was amazing to be in the final. There was a lot of media around it and it was such a big game but we played as well as we could. St Helens are obviously a great team but just to be part of the experience was amazing.
“We all loved it and for us to get there so quickly makes us think about what can we bring in the years ahead if that’s how quickly we can get to the final.”
The young players goal is to be able to play in the English Rugby League if she gets the opportunity. Andrade hopes to be able to showcase her talent more for scouts in the big league.