Rugby union in the Bahamas

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Rugby union in the Bahamas
CountryBahamas
Governing bodyRugby Bahamas
National team(s) Bahamas
Registered players977 [1]
Clubs7

Rugby union in the Bahamas is a minor, but relatively successful sport. They are currently ranked 86th in the International Rugby Board's world rankings. [2] There are fewer than one thousand registered athletes in the country and only seven official IRB sanctioned teams. [3]

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The governing body for rugby union in the Bahamas is Rugby Bahamas, founded in 1963 and their headquarters is located in Nassau.

Nassau, Bahamas Place in New Providence, Bahamas

Nassau is the capital and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The city has an estimated population of 274,400 as of 2016, just over 70% of the population of the country (≈391,000). Lynden Pindling International Airport, the major airport for the Bahamas, is located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of Nassau city centre, and has daily flights to major cities in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the United States. The city is located on the island of New Providence, which functions much like a business district. Nassau is the site of the House of Assembly and various judicial departments and was considered historically to be a stronghold of pirates. The city was named in honour of William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau, deriving its name from Nassau, Germany.

History

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

The Trinidad and Tobago national rugby union team has thus far not qualified for the Rugby World Cup, but has participated in qualifying tournaments since 1999. They are classed as a tier-three nation by World Rugby.

Bermuda national rugby union team

The Bermuda national rugby union team represents Bermuda in the sport of rugby union. Bermuda have thus far not played in a Rugby World Cup, but have participated in qualifying tournaments.

Martinique national rugby union team

The Martinique national rugby union team represents Martinique at the sport of rugby. Martinique has been playing international rugby since 1991 but has never qualified for a Rugby World Cup.

See also

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).

The Bahamas national rugby sevens team is a minor national sevens side. It has competed at the Commonwealth Sevens. The Bahamas is a small, but emerging rugby sevens nation with four players currently (2009) on the West Indies Sevens squad. Ranked 5th in the Caribbean after the NAWIRA Sevens which were held in Nassau in November 2008. The Bahamas Men & women will next compete in the Caribbean Championship in Mexico in November 2009.

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References

  1. http://www.irb.com/unions/union=11000037/index.html
  2. Official IRB World Rankings Archived 2011-08-10 at the Wayback Machine .
  3. Official IRB statistics on Rugby Bahamas
  4. Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN   1-86200-013-1) p78