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Rugby union in Jamaica

Rugby union in Jamaica is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 84th by the IRB, with 2,090 registered players.[2] Rugby union in Jamaica is governed by the Jamaica Rugby Union.[2][3]

Rugby union in Jamaica
Governing bodyJamaica Rugby Union
National team(s)Jamaica
Registered players2,090 [1]
National competitions


Rugby was first introduced into Jamaica by the British. Much of the competition is with neighbouring Caribbean islands, visiting ships and touring sides.

Jamaica competes in the Caribbean Championship, a tournament which includes Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Martinique, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Guyana.[4]

Jamaica were the most surprising union to announce an interest in hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, considering they had never participated in a previous eventevent. The initiative was withdrawn soon after being proposed.[5] A record ten unions indicated interest in hosting either the 2015 and/or the 2019 events. The 2019 tournament received interest from nine different nations.

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  1. ^ [1] Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b [2] Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 January 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p78
  5. ^ "Jamaica on list to host 2019 Rugby World Cup :: Rugby". Sports Jamaica. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2016.

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