Rugby union in Barbados

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Rugby union in Barbados
Country Barbados
Governing body Barbados Rugby Union
National team Barbados
Registered players 1,700
Clubs 5
National competitions

Rugby union in Barbados is a minor, but relatively successful sport. There are fewer than 1700 registered rugby players in the country and only five official IRB sanctioned teams. [1] The governing body for rugby union in Barbados is the Barbados Rugby Football Union, and their headquarters is located in Wildey, St. Michael.

Rugby union team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.

Barbados country in the Caribbean

Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America. It is 34 kilometres in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, Barbados is east of the Windwards, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 13°N of the equator. It is about 168 km (104 mi) east of both the countries of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital and largest city is Bridgetown.

Saint Michael, Barbados Parish in Barbados

The parish of St. Michael is one of eleven parishes of Barbados. It has a land area of 39 km2 and is found at the southwest portion of the island. Saint Michael has survived by name as one of the original six parishes created in 1629 by Governor Sir William Tufton.

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History and Governing body

Rugby union has had a long history in Barbados, though there was originally only the one formally organised team, called the Barbados Rugby Union. In 1995 they wished to become a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB). Barbados then formed a Union with a number of clubs, three: Scorpions, Renegades and Barbados Defence Force. Since then other teams, Tridents and Emperors, have been formed. The Defence Force team is no longer active. There is also an active junior program, involving players from several secondary schools (St. Michael's School, Christ Church Foundation, Harrison College, and Garrison Secondary.) The Barbados Rugby Football Union is the recognized governing body for the sport in Barbados.

National team

The Barbados national rugby union team is currently ranked 68th in the International Rugby Board's world rankings. [2]

Barbados national rugby union team

The Barbados national rugby union team represents Barbados at the sport of rugby union. Barbados has been playing international rugby union since the mid-1990s. They have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup. Barbados has also hosted the Caribbean Championship.

Sevens team

The Barbados sevens team competed at the rugby sevens event in the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

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References

  1. Official IRB statistics on Barbados Archived 2013-03-10 at the Wayback Machine .
  2. Official IRB World Rankings Archived 2011-08-10 at the Wayback Machine .