Rugby union in the Cayman Islands

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Rugby union in the Cayman Islands
LocationCayman Islands.svg
Location of the Cayman Islands
Country Cayman Islands
Governing body Cayman Rugby
National team(s) Cayman Islands
Registered players 2,256
Clubs 6
National competitions

Rugby union in the Cayman Islands is a growing sport. The Cayman Islands national rugby union team is ranked 62nd in the world, with 2,256 registered players.[1]

Governing body[edit]

The governing body is Cayman Rugby, which is a member of the International Rugby Board, and the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association NACRA.[1][2]

History[edit]

Although there has been interest in the game in the Cayman Islands for decades, it only became properly organised in 1972, when the Cayman Islands RFC was founded.[3] This team faced the challenge of having no rugby ball, pitch, and no clubhouse, for several years, and their nearest opponents were in Jamaica 600 miles away.[3] In 1975, however, Jeff Butterfield, a former England player acquired the rights to a piece of pine forest, which was turned into their pitch.[3]

Nowadays, the islands have their own men's team, and also a women's team, which was established in 2004. There is also a national Sevens team. A schools development programme is also now in force.[4]

The Cayman Islands compete in the Caribbean Championship, a tournament which includes Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Martinique, Jamaica, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Guyana.[5]

Teams[edit]

Male[edit]

  • Queensgate Pigs Trotters RFC (Originally a police team)
  • Advance Fire & Plumbing Buccaneers RFC
  • John Doak Iguanas RFC
  • Fidelity Cayman Storm RFC

Other former teams include:

  • The Cayman Surge
  • ReMax Old Boys - Tarnished Turtles RFC[4]

Female[edit]

  • The Iguanas
  • Buccaneers
  • Trotters[4]

References[edit]

  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)
  • Cotton, Fran (Ed.) (1984) The Book of Rugby Disasters & Bizarre Records. Compiled by Chris Rhys. London. Century Publishing. ISBN 0-7126-0911-3
  1. ^ a b IRB.com retrieved 24 August 2009
  2. ^ http://www.nawira.com/ retrieved 24 August 2009
  3. ^ a b c Cotton, p14
  4. ^ a b c Retrieved 4 August 2008 Cayman Rugby
  5. ^ Bath, p78

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