Jamaica women's national rugby union team

The Jamaica women's national rugby union team are a national sporting side of Jamaica, representing them at rugby union. They played their first sevens international in 2000, and their first test in 2003.

UnionJamaica Rugby Football Union
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current35 (as of 4 December 2023)
First international
Trinidad and Tobago  20–0  Jamaica
(2003 NAWIRA Championship)
Biggest win
Caribbean XV Caribbean Community 13–44  Jamaica
(2011 NACRA Championship)
Biggest defeat
Jamaica  5–37  Trinidad and Tobago
(2011 NACRA Championship)

History edit

Jamaica played their first international against Trinidad and Tobago on 3 December, 2003 in Port of Spain. It was the inaugural NAWIRA Women's Rugby Championship that was hosted in Trinidad and Tobago's capital; the hosts were victorious in both games as they kept Jamaica scoreless both times.

In 2006, Jamaica hosted Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago in September. Despite a narrow loss to Guyana in the opening match, Jamaica managed an impressive win against Trinidad and Tobago to win their first tournament due to their higher goal difference.[1]

They were runners-up in 2011, and between 2016 and 2019 they competed in a ten-a-side version of the game as the region was trying to build-up the game. The competition was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[2][3]

2022 saw Jamaica compete in the regions first 12-a-side tournament. They met the USA South Panthers in the final after an undefeated run in their pool games, and just lost by a three point margin.[4][5]

In 2023, Jamaica attended their first fifteens tournament after twelve years.[6]

Results summary edit

(Full internationals only)

Rugby: Jamaica internationals 2003-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
  Caribbean Select XV 2011 1 1 0 0 100%
  Cayman Islands 2004 5 4 0 1 80%
  Guyana 2006 2 0 0 2 0.00%
  Mexico 2023 1 1 0 0 100%
  Trinidad and Tobago 2003 6 1 0 5 16.66%
Summary 2003 15 7 0 8 46.66%

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Jamaica rally to lift rugby title". SportsJamaica.com. 2006-10-03. Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2023-05-23.
  2. ^ "2020 RAN Men's 15-a-side, Women's 10s and Men's Under-19 tourney cancelled - Guyana Chronicle". Guyana Chronicle. 2020-04-08. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  3. ^ Kelly, Bryan (2021-11-23). "RAN Women's 12s Tournament Cancelled due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions". Rugby Americas North. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  4. ^ Birch, John (2022-07-17). "USA South win first RAN 12s". Scrum Queens. Retrieved 2022-07-18.
  5. ^ Ramphal, Vidia (2022-07-17). "Bronze medal for T&T rugby women". Loop News. Retrieved 2022-07-18.
  6. ^ MacKinnon, Carly (2023-02-24). "2023 Rugby Americas North Under-19s Men's and Senior Women's 15s Tournament Venue Confirmed". Rugby Americas North. Retrieved 2023-03-09.

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