International rugby returns to the Cayman Islands this weekend with the women’s and Under-19 side both hosting tournaments.
The U-19s were in Toronto last week to play the top two U-19 teams in Eastern Canada as preparation for the North American & Caribbean Rugby Association regional championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from July 9-16.
Head coach Russell Hayward and assistant Noel Phillips were assisted by Garry Southway. The first match was against the Aurora Barbarians who are ranked second in Eastern Canada at age grade level, which Cayman won 22-19.
After a long, hot and bruising two hour bus ride out to the Crusaders in Oakville, Cayman, despite injuries and the gruelling trip with barely enough time to warm up, triumphed with a 43-19 win brimming with confidence for the championships.
Director of rugby Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams said: “Russell and Noel were appointed to the U-19 coaching positions just a few months ago and have made a significant difference in the way these guys are playing.
“Garry Southway, who knows these guys well from coaching them in past years, has also helped. Graeme Thomson, who managed the championship teams of 2008 and 2009 as well as the Junior World Trophy finals, has rounded out an excellent management group and I am delighted that we have come away with two good wins and I expect that we will have a real chance at getting back the U-19 championship.” I
Cayman Squad 1. Jordan Southway 2. Josh Baker 3. Gary Watler 4. Israel Hawkins 5. Kody Bush 6. Alex Pineau 7. Paul Westin 8 Aaron Kennedy 9. Michael Peck 10. William Hayward 11. Mark Westin 12. Morgan Hayward 13. Sebastien Legras 14 Justin Hislop 15. Iain Currie 16. Kody Bergstrom 17. Alex Walton.