Jamaican Rugby Team Wins Final in South Florida

The Jamaican Rugby Team Photo by Jasmine Barnes

Jamaica’s Under-19 team was victorious over the Bahamas in the Rugby Final at Vizcaya Park in Miramar, South Florida. The Jamaican Rugby Team dominated the match, beating the Bahamas’ team 50 to 0. The final was part of the year 2016 RAN Superweek scheduled for July 9 to July 16, 2016, which features 23 matches and 14 teams. The event includes various administrative and educational events designed to promote the game of rugby in the region. The Men’s U-19 championships and the first annual Women’s 10-a-side tournament were scheduled throughout the week and streamed live over the internet. Named RAN Superweek, the event runs for 11 days, ending on July 16, 2016.

About the Jamaican Rugby team
Jamaica played their first rugby international in 1960 in a match with Trinidad and Tobago, lost by 3-6.

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

Jamaica took part in qualifying for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. They were knocked out of Round 1 (North) of the Americas tournaments by Trinidad and Tobago, losing 51 to 5.

They attempted to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in June/July 2005. Jamaica drew their first game 10-all against Bermuda, but lost the second match against the Cayman Islands 8-18. They won their last game 5-3 over the Bahamas, and finished third in the group.

Jamaica entered the 2011 Rugby World Cup qualifyings, but lost to Guyana by 10-3, and were once again knocked out of the competition.

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Stephanie Korney