Jamaica national rugby league team

The Jamaica national rugby league team represents Jamaica in international rugby league football tournaments. The team made their full international debut at the 2009 Atlantic Cup in Jacksonville, Florida, playing against the United States. Prior to this they had played matches against touring sides from England and Australia. The team plays in yellow jerseys with green shorts and green socks. It is largely made up of players from the Jamaican domestic competition and heritage players from the English leagues.

Jamaica
Badge of Jamaica team
Team information
NicknameReggae Warriors
Governing bodyJamaica Rugby League Association
RegionAmericas
Head coachRomeo Monteith, Jermaine Coleman
Most capsTyronie Rowe (10)
Top try-scorerWayne Reittie (6)
Top point-scorerJymel Coleman (44)
Home stadiumUniversity of the West Indies
RLIF ranking14th
Team results
First international
 United States 37–22 Jamaica 
(Jacksonville, Florida, US; 14 November 2009)
Biggest win
Jamaica  68-16  Ireland
(Bray, Ireland; 16 October 2016)
Biggest defeat
 United States 54-4 Jamaica 
(Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, US; 23 July 2016)

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

In July 2004 the Jamaica Rugby League Association was born. In 2005 a domestic competition was formed featuring four teams (Duhaney Park Sharks, Vauxhall Vultures, Jamaica Defence Force and Olympic Angels), and in 2006 a representative side was selected for the first time to play against a touring side from the West Yorkshire Police.

An Intercollegiate competition was launched in 2010 and now features six Universities and Colleges (University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Mico University College, Portmore Community College, GC Foster College and Excelsior Community College). There is also a thriving junior program with a number of High Schools and Primary Schools playing the sport. There is also a Division 2 competition featuring.

Jamaica played their first full international game against the United States national side in Jacksonville, Florida in the 2009 Atlantic Cup. In October that year, Jamaica got their first victory at international level against Canada as part of the 2010 Atlantic Cup.[1]

Attempts at World Cup QualificationEdit

In 2011 Jamaica entered the Rugby League World Cup for the first time as they contested the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying Atlantic section, they failed to qualify after defeating South Africa and losing to the United States.

In 2015 Jamaica aimed to improve on their 2011 disappointment and succeed in the Americas qualification in order to qualify for their first ever World Cup in 2017 but were ultimately unsuccessful.

World Cup Qualification SuccessEdit

In 2018, Jamaica entered the World Cup qualifying stages for a third time with the matches also doubling up as the 2018 Americas Rugby League Championship. On 13 November 2018, Jamaica played Canada for a place in the qualification play-off. They defeated Canada 38-8 with Ben Jones-Bishop getting two tries in the victory.[2] On 17 November 2018, Jamaica met the United States at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida to play for a place in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Jamaica raced into a 16-0 lead within the first 30 minutes of the game only for the United States to score 2 tries before half-time and pull the score back to 16-10 at the break. The second half was a tighter contest with defence becoming the priority for Jamaica and the half would ultimately end scoreless. Jamaica beat the United States 16-10, defeating United States for the first time in Jamaica's history and qualifying for the 2021 World Cup.[3]

Current SquadEdit

Squad selected for the 2019 Friendly against the England Knights at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Sunday 20 October 2019;[4]

Competitive RecordEdit

Jamaica have played 22 games in their history with their first full international being played in 2009 against the United States, despite the team having being formed 3 years previously in 2006.

They have only played two nations more than once, playing Canada 9 times and the United States 8 times. Jamaica regularly compete against these two nations in the Americas Rugby League Championship, having taken part in all 3 editions of this competition to date. They have played 5 other nations, each once. The first of these teams was South Africa in 2011. In 2016, Jamaica played games in Europe for the first time, taking on Ireland, comfortably defeating them 68-16 and Wales, drawing 16-16. In 2017, Jamaica played their toughest opponent to date, taking on 2-time World Cup runners-up France, a game they would lose 12-34.

Jamaica played their 20th game when they took on United States in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifying play-off, winning 16-10 and earning a place in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in the process.

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss % Last meeting
  Canada 2010 9 3 1 5 33% 2018
  England Knights 2019 1 0 0 1 0% 2019
  France 2017 1 0 0 1 0% 2017
  Ireland 2016 1 1 0 0 100% 2016
  South Africa 2011 1 1 0 0 100% 2011
  United States 2009 8 2 0 6 25% 2019
  Wales 2016 1 0 1 0 0% 2016
Date Home Score Away Competition Venue Attendance
14 November 2009   United States 37 – 22   Jamaica 2009 Atlantic Cup[5]   Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville 3,500
16 November 2010   United States 36 – 26   Jamaica 2010 Atlantic Cup[6][7]   Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville 500
18 November 2010   Canada 12 – 32   Jamaica   Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville 800
31 July 2011   Canada 40 – 10   Jamaica Caribbean Carnival Cup[8]   Fletcher's Field, Ontario 1,500
19 October 2011   South Africa 6 – 20   Jamaica 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying[9][10]   Campbell's Field, New Jersey
23 October 2011   United States 40 – 4   Jamaica   Campbell's Field, New Jersey 800
21 July 2012   Canada 18 – 12   Jamaica Caribbean Carnival Cup[11]   Lamport Stadium, Toronto 4,630
20 July 2013   Canada 38 – 14   Jamaica Caribbean Carnival Cup[12]   Lamport Stadium, Toronto 5,700
19 July 2014   Canada 24 – 20   Jamaica Caribbean Carnival Cup[13]   Lamport Stadium, Toronto 3,129
4 December 2015   United States 20 – 14   Jamaica 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying[14][15]   Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville
8 December 2015   Canada 18 – 18   Jamaica   Spec Martin Stadium, DeLand
16 July 2016   Canada 38 – 2   Jamaica 2016 America's Cup[16][17]   Falls Township Park, Levittown
23 July 2016   United States 54 – 4   Jamaica   AA Garthwaite Stadium, Conshohocken
16 October 2016   Ireland 16 – 68   Jamaica Friendly[18]   Carlisle Grounds, Bray
21 October 2016   Wales 16 – 16   Jamaica Friendly[19]   Belle Vue, Wakefield 1,378
22 July 2017   United States 48 – 6   Jamaica 2017 America's Cup[20][21]   Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville n/a
29 August 2017   Jamaica 28 – 14   Canada   University of the West Indies, Kingston 1,500
13 October 2017   France 34 – 12   Jamaica Friendly   Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan 4,850
13 November 2018   Canada 8 – 38   Jamaica 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifying   Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville
17 November 2018   Jamaica 16 – 10   United States 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifying   Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville
22 June 2019   Jamaica 26 – 24   United States Friendly   UWI Mona Bowl Football Field, Kingston
20 October 2019   England Knights 38 - 6   Jamaica Friendly   Headingley Stadium, Leeds

World CupEdit

Jamaica will make their debut at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup having failed to qualify on 2 occasions previously in 2013 and 2017. They will become the second nation from the Americas region to play in the world cup after United States first took part in 2013.

Rugby League World Cup Record
Year Result Position Pld W D L PF PA
  1954 Did not participate
  1957
  1960
    1968
  1970
  1972
1975
    1977
1985–88
1989–92
  1995
    2000
  2008
    2013 Did not qualify
      2017
  2021 Qualified
    2025 TBD

Americas Rugby League ChampionshipEdit

The Americas Rugby League Championship was introduced through the RLIF policy of international expansion and development. Previous to the tournament's existence, the only regional competition in the Americas was the annual Colonial Cup however only the United States and Canada competed in this. The new competition would feature 3 teams with Jamaica being the new edition. Jamaica have competed in all 3 editions to date. In 2016, they would finish 3rd and last but would improve their position by a single place in the following 2 editions, finishing as runners-up in 2017 and being crowned champions in 2018. That year also saw the expansion of the competition to 4 teams with the addition of Chile.

Americas Rugby League Championship Record
Year Position Pld W D L
    2016 3/3 2 0 0 2
      2017 2/3 2 1 0 1
  2018 1/4 2 2 0 0

HonoursEdit

Regional:
Americas Rugby League Championship:

  • Champions (1): 2018
  • Runners-up (1): 2017

Notable playersEdit

The following is a list of Jamaican representative players who have played in a top-tier professional rugby league competition i.e. the National Rugby League and/or the Super League:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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