Conyers back kids for glory

Rugby kids as young as nine will
soon get another chance to earn themselves full international status.

The second annual Conyers Youth
Challenge Cup takes place at the South Sound Rugby Ground over the weekend of 1-2

Conyers are the official title
sponsor of the Conyers Youth Challenge Cup between primary school and high
school sides from Cayman and Bermuda.

The objective of the tournament is
to develop youth players internationally in both countries and to promote the
ideals of friendship, enjoyment and fellowship through international youth

The tournament is played according
to continuum rules as posted in the Rugby Football Union for the under ten and 12
age groups, as well as full International Rugby Board age grade rules for the under
14-16 age groups.

The country that has the best
overall record of match wins and losses wins the Conyers Youth Challenge Cup.

The first tournament was held in Bermuda
last April at the under ten, under 12 and under 14 age grades.

Bermuda won the U10 and U12 matches
with Cayman winning the U14 match.

Bermuda won the 2009 Conyers Youth
Challenge Cup. The official tournament sponsors are Conyers and part sponsors are
Pestkil, Cayman Trust, MCS, Butterfield, RE/MAX and Mourant & Maples.

There will be warm up matches and
mini tournaments starting at 8am on Saturday 1 May involving all of the
children in the Cayman Maples Community Rugby programme and all the travelling
players from Bermuda.

At 1pm the Cayman players and
families will host the Bermuda players for a beach barbeque and get together at
Seven Mile Public Beach.

The next day there will be four
youth internationals in the morning:

9am Cayman V Bermuda under ten

10am Cayman V Bermuda under 12

11am Cayman V Bermuda under 14

12 noon Cayman V Bermuda under 16

2pm awards ceremonies at the South
Sound pitch

The men’s international will start
at  4:30pm on the Sunday in a sanctioned
Test match.

This match holds special
significance for both countries as Cayman, Jamaica and Bermuda were recently
drawn in the same pool for the upcoming North American and Caribbean Regional
Championships to be held from November through to March 2011.

The game will be the first
international test for new national team coach Brad Cowdroy. While Brad will
has only a limited amount of players to select from – due to many of the top
Cayman players currently away at university and being involved in exams – Cayman
are expected to show well in this game.

Official website new site coming on
line 25 April.

Official live streaming site

2009 archived photographs