Jamaicans will try to use pace

Cayman Islands play Jamaica in a crunch rugby match at the South Sound ground on Saturday in the first round of the Caribbean Championships.

Cayman Rugby Football Union’s national coach Brad Cowdroy is still finalising his team because many are coming from studying abroad and he is not exactly sure who will turn up. But the starting line up looks like; Ben McDonald, JS de Jager, Peter de Vere, Dan Bond, Doug Anderson, Craig Morgan, Josh Clark, Ben Blair, Simon Crompton, Sam Sage, Keswick Wright, Joel Clark, Michael Wilson, Dow Travers and Robbie Cribb.

As the squad is comprised of both players living on Island as well overseas students in the USA and UK, it has been impossible to apply the same selection parameters to both groups.

Cowdroy said: “In fact we will only be able to have one training session where all squad members are present. This presents numerous challenges for selection as we now have more capable and available squad members than ever before, but ultimately, it is a good problem to have.

“For those living on Island, the players were selected based on form in the local AA Cup as well as training attendance and performance. For those living off Island, we needed to ensure they were playing regular rugby at a good standard and generally keeping fit.”

Cowdroy expects the usual tough game against the Jamaicans. “Their teams are almost always a relatively unknown quantity on the rugby pitch which makes them hard to plan against.

“I would expect them to play their typical quick game, pouncing on any errors or scraps that we offer. They usually play a less structured game than we do and rely on their raw talent and speed to score tries. We will of course try to reduce our errors to as close to nil as possible.

“Of the overseas students, all of them have gone through the local junior programme and it is fantastic that we now have so many home-grown players in our senior men’s squad. I am very much looking forward to watching them play with those few years of experience away now under their belt.”

Live audio feed of game on www.caymanrugbytv.com from 4pm with full highlights package, including videos later in the weekend.