Tag: cayman rugby

  • Cayman Rugby Set for Busy 2008

    <br /> <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The New Year will see the CRFU embark on possibly the most demanding season since rugby became an organised national sport in the Cayman Islands back in 1971.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Probably the highlight of the year will be the NAWIRA qualifiers to be held over 19-27 April.</em><br /> <br /> The first major tournament of 2008 kicks off on 19 January with the first play in the annual Alex Alexander Memorial League Championship and Knock Out Shield, sponsored by the Waterford Private residence Club, which runs concurrently with the Women’s Rugby Season until the finals on 24 May.<br /> <br /> Other local competitions include the Maples &amp; Calder Outreach National Tournament starting on 9 February, the Cable &amp; Wireless Summer Sevens taking place between 6 September and 1 November, the RE/MAX Knackerfest over 7-9 November and the annual AR Scott Hurricane Tens beginning on 22 November.<br /> <br /> Training for the National XV’s Academy starts on 13 January and several other tournaments still have to be scheduled.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.caymannetnews.com/index.php?news_id=4426" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Cayman Net News</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Jamaica - Government Sponsors RWC Side

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange on, January 10, 2008, presented a sponsorship cheque to the Jamaica Rugby Team to assist with their preparation for the International Rugby Board (IRB) Youth World Championship slated for Santiago, Chile, April 9-30, 2008.</strong></font><br /> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/jacgov.jpg" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="360" height="259" alt="" /></div><br /> <em>In presenting the cheque to Chairman of the Jamaica Rugby Union Mr. Jacob Thompson, Minister Grange commended the team for its hard work and dedication to the development of the sport for over 30 years.</em><br /> <br /> She acknowledged the team's achievement and commended them on receiving the IRB trophy, the second highest award given out by the organization and for being the only team outside of Europe to receive the award.<br /> <br /> Jamaica is the first and only English speaking country to qualify for the event, joining other countries such as Uruguay, Romania, Namibia and Korea. Thirty two members of the team are now in training with a final 26 to be selected to represent the country at the Chile games.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Mr. Thompson updated the Minister on the team's performance over the years and its plans for the coming year which will see members competing in a full calendar of events.<br /> <br /> These competitions will include the IRB 2011 men's Rugby World Cup Qualifier in Cayman from April 19-27 and the West Indies Rugby Union (NAWIRA/WIRU) Senior Men and Rugby World Cup Qualifier in the Bahamas.<br /> <br /> The Rugby World Cup will be held in Dubai in 2009.<br /> <br /> The team is being coached by Victor Hyde, Regional Development Officer, Middlesex County.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.jis.gov.jm/information/html/20080111T080000-0500_13972_JIS_GOVERNMENT_SPONSORS_RUGBY_TEAM_TO_YOUTH_WORLD_CHAMPIONSHIP.asp" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Jamaica Information Service</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • CRFU Unveils Community Rugby Outreach Programmes

    <div align="center"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/CayKids.jpg" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="433" alt="" /> <em><strong>What do these kids have in common?</strong><br /> That's right, they're all, erm….playing rugby</em></div><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The New Year sees the introduction of rugby into the Grand Cayman communities for the first time in the history of the Cayman Rugby Football Union (CRFU).</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Over the last seven years, junior rugby has become an integral part of the schools calendar, backed up by a regular Saturday morning programme at the South Sound Rugby Ground.</em><br /> <br /> From January 2008, the communities of Bodden Town, East End, West Bay and Prospect, plus the already established Saturday programme will be targeted for community programme rugby development.<br /> <br /> The aim of the Maples and Calder-sponsored programme is to create ‘Community’ based rugby teams and programmes, which will become part of an island league that will compete in regular Cayman Islands round robin based championships.<br /> <br /> The target age groups will be girls and boys between 10 and 16 years of age. The focus of the development initially will be the Seven-a-Side game, as this is a huge participatory version of the game throughout the West Indies, with annual men and women’s regional.<br /> <br /> Times and days for each community;<br /> <br /> Monday- East End Community Field 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.<br /> Tuesday- West Bay (John A Cumber School) 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.<br /> Wednesday- Prospect (Prospect Primary School) 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.<br /> Friday- Bodden Town (BT Primary School) 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.<br /> Saturday- South Sound Road Rugby Facility 8:30 am to 10:00 am.<br /> <br /> All programmes will start on the third week of January, week commencing 21 January.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.caymannetnews.com/news-4307–11-11–.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Cayman Net News</strong></font></u></a>

     
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  • Cayman Islands to host 2011 Rugby World Cup regional Qualification tournament

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The Cayman Rugby Union has announced that the Cayman Islands was successful in a bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup regional Qualification tournament. The competition will come right on the heels of the 2007 U19 world cup qualifier that was held here with great success in June.</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Cayman Rugby.JPG" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="151" height="143" alt="" /><br /> <em>The tournament will take place between April 19th and 27th, 2008 and as many as three hundred and fifty players, officials and coaches are expected to attend in the form of eleven international teams that will include Mexico, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Vincent, Guyana and British Virgin Islands showcasing both the Cayman Rugby programs and the Cayman Islands themselves as a sports tourism destination.</em><br /> <br /> The Cayman Rugby Union is delighted with the decision of NAWIRA and the IRB.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> ”I am delighted with the news, it is very unusual that a country would be awarded two world cup tournaments in a row and just goes to show what a marvelous job we did with the U20’s in June and just how much the International Rugby Board and the North American West Indies Rugby Association believe in our rugby program’s here and the boost that hosting such tournaments brings to a nation in terms of development and publicity both locally and globally,” </p></blockquote> said Technical Director Richard Adams.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Union President Derek Haines added: <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “In light of the fact that we are launching the Maples and Calder community rugby program in the new year, the timing of these championships could not be better, as they will offer us an opportunity to bus these boys and girls to the games and let them see top international competition, live, right on their own Island. The Maples and Calder program will deliver professional rugby training Island wide to boys and girls aged from ten to sixteen right in their communities. We would also hope to generate much needed revenue for our many and varied youth programs through these championships. Everything seems to be more expensive these days, we as a Union and concerned members of the community, invest close to two hundred thousand dollars into our youth programs each year and any opportunity to generate money for these programs is always a huge positive for the communities, the youth and the Cayman Islands in general.” </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> It is expected that the winner of the tournament will go forward into a secondary Rugby World Cup tournament with the winners of regional tournaments from the other five regions worldwide in a similar move to that made by the IRB with the U20 World Cup last year. The decision for qualifying is awaited from the IRB. The Cayman National team training will commence in earnest in January 2008 when National team captain John Wagner and National coach Richard Adams will start to formulate the teams strategies and tactics for the upcoming tournament, they will be greatly assisted by the mass of excellently talented players that have emerged from the Maples and Calder and Cable &amp; Wireless national academies as well as the HSBC schools program over the past few years. Emerging sevens players such as Keswick Wright, Shaun Gerard and Jon Doak will also add great talent and speed to the local squad.<br /> <br /> The 2007 Rugby World Cup finals proved just how global the sport has become with staggering statistics across the globe, 2.2 million tickets were sold for the final round matches, but perhaps most impressive of all were the four billion viewers who tuned into watch the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals just two hundred thousand viewers less than the last FIFA world Cup.<br /> <br /> The Cayman Rugby Union will be offering sponsorship and corporate hospitality packages shortly to businesses and individuals across the Island. The packages are expected to contain opportunities for marketing through internet streaming of the matches, the tournament program, local and West Indian television, local media and local radio as well as hospitality opportunities during the matches themselves. The Union is also seeking a national team sponsor and tournament sponsor for the event and expects that interest will be high on the back of the massive success of the RWC 2007 in France.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1027281" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Camanian Compass</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Cayman Rugby Forced to Close their Kidies' Playground

    <div align="center"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Playground.jpg" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="360" height="505" alt="" /></div><br /> <div align="center"><font color="#0000CC"><strong>"This is Political Correctness gone mad!" exclaims CRFU Chairman </strong></font></div><br /> <br /> For the real article, <a href="http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1026175" target="_blank"><u><strong><font color="#0000CC">click here</font></strong></u></a>. It just shows that we're not the only ones who have to deal with the petty minded.

     
  • Cayman: C&amp;W Summer Sevens heads for finals

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Island Air won leg four of the Cable and Wireless Summer Sevens series at the South Sound Rugby Ground (SSG), beating tournament series leaders Ama Tsotsi 45-0 in the final of the Premier Division.</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/caysev.jpg" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="256" alt="" /><br /> <em><font color="#FF0000">In the Social Division, the A La Kebab Clydesdales won the overall first place title by beating the ReMax Knackers to win their second tournament in the five series competition and move into first place in the social standings.</font></em><br /> <br /> The organisers say that the level of play on show was once again very high and reflected how important this series is in improving the level of sevens play in the Cayman Islands and the effective development of sevens players through the Maples and Calder national sevens Academy.<br /> <br /> <strong>Legs four and five of the Cable and Wireless (C&amp;W) Summer Sevens series had a special meaning as the C&amp;W national team prepare for the Caribbean championships to be held in Nassau in the Bahamas on 17 and 18 November.</strong><br /> <!–more–><br /> The coaches have been using players from both the Cable and Wireless National Sevens squad and the Maples and Calder (M&amp;C) National Sevens Academy to try and get the right balance heading into the championships and, having tried several combinations, the selectors will have fielded their strongest squad last weekend, to give them a chance to play together prior to the championships.<br /> <br /> The squad has had mixed results over the past two years as the coaches and selectors have experimented with several combinations of players and tactics, with the team finishing seventh two years ago and 12th last year. With the World Cup Qualifiers looming in November 2008 anything other than a top four finish this year will be disappointing for the squad.<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Cay7s.jpg" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="235" alt="" /><br /> The final leg of the tournament took place last Saturday, 3 November, a report with photographs will appear shortly.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.caymannetnews.com/news-3218–11-11–.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Cayman Net News</strong></font></u></a>

     
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