Rugby union in the Cayman Islands

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Rugby union in the Cayman Islands
LocationCayman Islands.svg
Location of the Cayman Islands
CountryCayman Islands
Governing bodyCayman Rugby
National team(s) Cayman Islands
Registered players2,256
Clubs6
National competitions

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

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Governing body

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

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

Male

Other former teams include:

Female

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References

  1. 1 2 IRB.com retrieved 24 August 2009
  2. http://www.nawira.com/ retrieved 24 August 2009
  3. 1 2 3 Cotton, p14
  4. 1 2 3 Retrieved 4 August 2008 Cayman Rugby
  5. Bath, p78