Princeton next for busy ruggers

The Cayman Rugby Football Union will host more teams from next week as the sport continues to boost sports tourism.

The Princeton Flying Tigers return for their third sojourn to Cayman in recent years – on Feb. 13 – playing a round robin tournament against two club select sides at the South Sound Ground on Feb. 14.

Next in are Charles Best Secondary School Under-18 team from British Columbia, Canada, who arrive on March 8 to play a 7s mini-tournament two days later in the men’s and women’s game.

Then there is an U-18 15s on March 12 with the girls playing 7s two days later, and a return game against Cayman’s U-18 and the final women’s 7s round.

The University of Texas arrives on March 15 for three matches against club select sides, and a Cayman select side and the national men are in Atlanta playing USA South that weekend.

Brown University, the seventh Ivy league school to visit Cayman in the past eight years, returns on March 21 to play three matches against two club select sides and the national men’s squad.

Bishop Shanahan School from Pennsylvania returns for their fifth trip to Cayman for a pre-season camp and games against the local U-19s on April 2 and 4. Mexico arrives for Bog Game 5 on April 11 to be played at Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

At least seven teams are expected from the Americas and Europe for the second annual Halloween Sevens tournament on Oct. 31. The inaugural Halloween Sevens was particularly successful and will be a great help for the women’s game here.

Richard “Grizz” Adams, Cayman rugby’s chief executive officer, said, “We have been working hard during the economic downturn to create strong working relationships and opportunities with clubs and provinces in North America as a target region for rugby and spots tourism.

“I think this year reflects the slight change in the global economic outlook and clubs and teams are starting to travel again to play rugby.”

He added that the club has spent a lot of time on projects like Cayman Rugby TV streaming live footage of the games and promoting Cayman’s beauty as an appealing tour destination.

“We have also invested heavily in our IT and social media platforms to keep our members and friends well informed of what is happening with rugby locally.”

Adams said it’s not just the rugby aspect, but also Cayman’s strong culture and entertainment outlets, as well as how hard the rugby community works to ensure they remain an attractive destination seems to be paying off.

For more information, go to www.caymanrugby.com.

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