Bahamas national rugby union team

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Bahamas
Team kit
First international
 Bermuda 24 - 3 Bahamas 
(22 March 1997)
Largest win
 Bahamas 37 - 23 Barbados 
(5 April 1997)
Largest defeat
 Barbados 52 - 3 Bahamas 
(1 October 2005)

The Bahamas national rugby union team represent the Bahamas in the sport of rugby union. The team have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have participated in qualifying tournament. The nation is classified as tier three by the International Rugby Board (IRB).

History[edit]

The Bahamas made their international debut on March 22, 1997 in a match against Bermuda. Bermuda won the contest 24 points to 3. The Bahamas played Barbados that April, and in the process won their first international; defeating Barbados 37-23. The team played three internationals during October 1998; although the Bahamas lost all three games, against Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.

The Bahamas compete in the Caribbean Championship, a tournament which includes Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Guyana.[1]

They played a one-off international in 2001, losing to Barbados 18 points to 25. Another international was played in June 2003, where they lost 7 to 13 to the Cayman Islands. The Bahamas took part in the Americas qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. They won their first two matches, defeating the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, but lost their third against Jamaica. However, they did finish at the top of the Northern Pool, clinching the play-off match against the winner of the other pool. The Bahamas lost to Barbados in the play-off match, 52-3.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1987 - Did not enter
  • 1991 - Did not enter
  • 1995 - Did not enter
  • 1999 - Did not qualify
  • 2003 - Did not qualify
  • 2007 - Did not qualify

Squad[edit]

Squad to 2012 NACRA Championship 26 May, 2012 [2]

Squad

  • Craig Anthony
  • Charles Smith
  • Manny Roussos
  • John Gates
  • Marcus Cheetham
  • Justin Cunningham
  • Shawn Kemp
  • Devon Woodside
  • Kevin Salabie
  • Jeremico Cooper (c)
  • Michael Watkins
  • Jamie Anthony
  • Duran Beadle
  • Carlton Oliver
  • Jamaal Curry
 

Substitutes

  • Garfield Morrison
  • Earl Thurston
  • Bovair Davis
  • Casey Charlton
  • Dorian Butler
  • Giovanni Johnson
  • Levar Boyd

Coach

  • Ken Hutton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p78
  2. ^ http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/matches/match=12592/index.html

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