Rugby union in Jamaica

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Rugby union in Jamaica
Country Jamaica
Governing body Jamaica Rugby Union
National team(s) Jamaica
Registered players 2090 [1]
Clubs 21
National competitions

Rugby union in Jamaica is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 84th by the IRB, with 2090 registered players.[2] Rugby union in Jamaica is governed by the Jamaica Rugby Union.[2][3]


Rugby was first introduced into Jamaica by the British. Much of the competition is with neighbouring Caribbean islands, visiting ships and touring sides.

Jamaica competes in the Caribbean Championship, a tournament which includes Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Martinique, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Guyana.[4]

Jamaica were the most surprising union to announce an interest in hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, considering they had never participated in a previous event, though the quickly withdrew interest after.[5] A record ten unions indicated interest in hosting either the 2015 and/or the 2019 events. The 2019 tournament received interest from nine different nations.

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  1. ^ [1] Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b [2] Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 January 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2006. 
  4. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p78
  5. ^ "Jamaica on list to host 2019 Rugby World Cup :: Rugby". Sports Jamaica. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 

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