Jamaica national rugby league team

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Jamaica
Badge of Jamaica team
Nickname Nomads, Reggae Rugby, Reggae Warriors
Governing body Jamaica Rugby League Association
Region Europe
Head coach Romeo Monteith
Captain Andre Reid
Most caps Jamaine Wray (5)
Top try-scorer Wayne Reittie (4)
Top point-scorer Paul White (20)
Home stadium Independence Park
RLIF ranking 16th
First international
 United States 37–22 Jamaica 
(Jacksonville, Florida, US; 14 November 2009)
Biggest win
Jamaica  68-16  Ireland
(Bray, Ireland; 16 October 2016)
Biggest defeat
 United States 54-4 Jamaica 
(Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, US; 23 July 2016)

The Jamaica national rugby league team represents Jamaica in international rugby league football tournaments. The team are new, and made their full international debut at the 2009 Atlantic Cup in Jacksonville, Florida, playing against the USA. Prior to this they had played matches against touring sides from England and Australia. The team plays in yellow jerseys with green shorts and green socks. It is largely made up of players from the Jamaican domestic competition and heritage players from the English leagues.

History[edit]

In July 2004 the Jamaica Rugby League Association was born. In 2005 a domestic competition was formed featuring four teams (Duhaney Park Sharks, Vauxhall Vultures, Jamaica Defence Force and Olympic Angels), and in 2006 a representative side was selected for the first time to play against a touring side from the West Yorkshire Police.

An Intercollegiate competition was launched in 2010 and now features six Universities and Colleges (University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Mico University College, Portmore Community College, GC Foster College and Excelsior Community College). There is also a thriving junior program with a number of High Schools and Primary Schools playing the sport. There is also a Division 2 competition featuring.

Jamaica played their first full international game against the United States national side in Jacksonville, Florida in the 2009 Atlantic Cup. In October that year, Jamaica got their first victory at international level against Canada as part of the 2010 Atlantic Cup.[1]

In 2011 Jamaica entered the Rugby League World Cup for the first time as they contested the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying Atlantic section, they failed to qualify after defeating South Africa and losing to the United States.

In 2015 Jamaica aimed to revive their 2011 disappointment and succeed Americas qualification in order to qualify for their first ever World Cup in 2017.

All-time Results Record[edit]

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss  % Last meeting
 Canada 2010 7 1 1 5 14% 2015
 Ireland 2016 1 1 0 0 100% 2016
 South Africa 2011 1 1 0 0 100% 2011
 United States 2009 5 0 0 5 0% 2016
 Wales 2016 1 0 1 0 0% 2016
Year Date Result Venue City Crowd Competition
2016 21 October Wales draw Jamaica 16-16 Belle Vue Wakefield 1,378 Friendly
2016 16 October Jamaica def. Ireland 68-16 Carlisle Grounds Bray Friendly
2016 23 July USA def. Jamaica 54-4 AA Garthwaite Stadium Conshohocken 2016 America's Cup
2016 16 July Canada def. Jamaica 38-2 Falls Township Park Levittown 2016 America's Cup
2015 8 December Jamaica draw Canada 18-18 Spec Martin Stadium DeLand 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
2015 4 December USA def. Jamaica 20-14 Hodges Stadium Jacksonville 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
2014 19 July Canada def. Jamaica 24-20 Lamport Stadium Toronto 3,129 Caribbean Carnival Cup[2]
2013 20 July Canada def. Jamaica 38-14 Lamport Stadium Toronto 5,700 Caribbean Carnival Cup[3]
2012 21 July Canada def. Jamaica 18-12 Lamport Stadium Toronto 4,630 Caribbean Carnival Cup[4]
2011 23 October USA def. Jamaica 40–4 Campbell's Field New Jersey 800 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying[5]
2011 19 October Jamaica def. South Africa 20–6 Campbell's Field New Jersey 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying[6]
2011 31 July Canada def. Jamaica 40–10 Fletcher's Fields Markham, Ontario 1,500 Caribbean Carnival Cup[7]
2010 18 November Jamaica def. Canada 32–12 Hodges Field Jacksonville 800 2010 Atlantic Cup[8]
2010 16 November USA def. Jamaica 36–26 Hodges Field Jacksonville 500 2010 Atlantic Cup[9]
2009 14 November USA def. Jamaica 37–22 Hodges Field Jacksonville 3,500 2009 Atlantic Cup[10]
Official Rankings as of November 2016[11]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  Australia
2 Decrease  New Zealand
3 Steady  England
4 Increase  Scotland
5 Decrease  Samoa
6  France
7  Fiji
8  Ireland
9  Wales
10 Steady  United States
11  Serbia
12 Increase  Canada
13  Italy
14 Decrease  Tonga
15  Papua New Guinea
16 Increase  Russia
17 Decrease  Jamaica
18  Belgium
19 Steady  Spain
20  Malta
21  Lebanon
22 Increase  Ukraine
23  Germany
24  Czech Republic
25 Decrease  Cook Islands
26 Steady  Norway
27  Denmark
28  Greece
29  Sweden
30  Netherlands
31  South Africa
32 Increase  Niue
33 Decrease  Philippines
34 Steady  Chile
35  Vanuatu
36  Latvia
37  Solomon Islands
38  Hungary
39  El Salvador
40  Morocco

2016 squad[edit]

[12]

2016 Jamaica Squad
First team squad Coaching staff
Manager


Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


Notable players that have played for Jamaica[edit]

[13]


See also[edit]

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