Bahamas Test will showcase best of youngsters

The Cayman men’s rugby team will take on the Bahamas in an International Rugby Board-approved Test match in Freeport, Bahamas, next month.

The match is hosted by the Freeport Rugby Club as a highlight event of their fourth Annual Youth Festival.

The Cayman squad has been training together for more than six months under the watchful eye of coaches Brad Cowdroy and Tim Rossiter, who have been assisted by strength and conditioning coach Dave Clancy and JS De Jager, who coaches forwards.

The program has consisted of segments during which the players and coaches have worked on various aspects of the game. This has been supplemented by an ongoing and exhaustive gym program to ensure the players are in the best form possible leading into the game on May 3 and upcoming NACRA Caribbean championships.

With young local outstanding youngsters such as Robbie Cribb Jr., Cueme Parker, Josh Clark, Alex Pineau, James Geary, Garrett Connolly and Mark Soto coming through the ranks into the men’s national program, it shows the depth of talent Cayman has in such a small community and is a tribute to the work put in through the Cayman Rugby Football Union in their junior program.

After the Bahamas, the Cayman squad will play in the NACRA Caribbean Championships with games against Bermuda in Hamilton on June 7 before hosting USA South at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on the June 14.

Meanwhile, the Cayman women’s team travel to Allen, Texas this weekend to take part in the first Texas Women’s 7s Tournament, alongside teams like the Dallas Lady Quins, the Little Rock Stormers, the Allen Griffins and the Turks and Caicos national team.

To get tickets for the USA South game, visit www.caymanrugby.com or contact the rugby club on 926-6743.

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