BARBADOS MEN IN 2019 RWC QUALIFIERS The Rugby Barbados Senior Men's team will take on Guyana (April 23rd in Guyana), Trinidad and Tobago (May 21st in Barbados) and Jamaica (June 18th in Jamaica) in their quest to qualify for the finals of the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualification tournament. The region once again had the honour of staging the first match of the 2019 RWC Qualification tournament when Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines played a one-off Group Qualification match at Arnos Vale cricket ground on March 5th. The Webb Ellis Trophy was on hand as, true to tradition, the referee of the previous RWC Final, Nigel Owens, took charge in the middle. While it was a far cry from the New Zealand versus Australia final, the opening match of the RWC 2019 qualification process demonstrates the widespread appeal of the game of Rugby. Jamaica ran out the winners of that match, and will now enter the South Zone where they will face Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. The Barbadian boys will be hoping to repeat the success of their 2005 counterparts who went on to win the regional tournament and face Canada and the USA in a play-off for a spot in the finals of the 2008 RWC. The road to the finals would be a lot longer for this group of players, but nothing was ever achieved by aiming low!  


RUGBY BARBADOS GIR GIRLS TO FACE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO SCHOOLS Rugby Barbados' fledgling Get Into Rugby (GIR) girl's programme will face its first true test when its girls teams come up against a team of Under-18 players from Trinidad and Tobago on April 9th, 2016 at 2.00 pm at the Garrison Savannah. With 20 players regularly attending training sessions, the Head Coach of the Girl's GIR programme is quietly confident that her charges are up to the challenge. To date, they have only had competitive matches between themselves and against the Senior Women's team, but their tackling and ball-handling has improved with every outing. The 7-a-side format that they will play emphasizes tackling, fitness and ball-handling, all of which they have been working hard to improve over the past few months.   The BRFU's Get Into Rugby programme is currently offered in six secondary schools and at the garrison Savannah on Saturday mornings at 10.00 am. For further information on the GIR programme, please contact Dwight Forde (dforde74@gmail.com) or Stacia Payne (staciapayne@hotmail.com)

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The BRFU will be hosting the Caribbean’s premier Club Rugby Sevens tournament on December 10th-11th, 2016, at the Trents and Frederick Smith Secondary School grounds in Trents, St James, just north of historic Holetown.

The event is the latest edition of what was previously known as the Tobago International Sevens, which was staged in Tobago over the past five years. Event owner, Brian Stollmeyer of Trinidad, realized that the tournament was in need of a change in venue as there were limits on the size to which it could grow in Tobago. With that in mind, he approached the BRFU with an offer to relocate the event to Barbados, with the understanding that the Union would seek the necessary funding to support the event.

With that in mind, the Union approached the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Incorporated (BTMI), who have both enthusiastically come on board to assist the organizers in realizing the goal of staging the tournament in Barbados offering both financial and marketing support.

The Rugby Barbados World 7s will feature 40 teams (two from Barbados) in competition in the Open Men’s, Open Women’s, U-20 Men’s and U-20 Women’s divisions, with a first prize of US$ 8 000.00 for the winners of the Open Women’s division.

Over 600 competitors and officials will take part in 5 days of activities which will feature team Christmas Carol singing, Segway Racing, a Tournament After Party, a Monday Beer Brunch and a cool down cruise on the Jolly Roger.

“Our goal is to not only stage the most successful edition of the tournament,” says BRFU Vice-President George Nicholson, “but to also showcase as much of Barbados’ tourism product as possible over the next few months and during the event. We will be involving the Trents and surrounding communities in the event by providing opportunities for vending at the tournament, and working with the visiting teams to conduct community service projects in the area so as to leave a positive impact on the Trents community.”

With the above in mind, the BRFU’s Rugby Barbados Sevens programme will be taking part in the UK Summer Sevens Series between May and July during which they will compete in seven events and market the Rugby Barbados World 7s directly to tournament attendees and clubs in the UK. Additional marketing in the UK, US and Canada will be undertaken by the BTMI offices in each jurisdiction, thus ensuring maximum exposure for businesses and companies associated with the event.

For information on signing up to be part of this wonderful opportunity, please contact George Nicholson at gdougnich@gmail.com or (246) 233-1945.


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