The Cayman Rugby Football Union recently had an opportunity with one of the top rugby schools in England, Sedbergh School, for development training for the U-16 players.
“Through the hard work and planning by Chris Rowland, Mick Kehoe [management of the CRFU U-16’s], and Martin Speight and Jason Duffy [Sedbergh School], we were able arrange a three-game tour to the U.K.,” a press release from the rugby union states. The players were in England from April 6-14.
“The relationship between Sedbergh and CRFU allowed us to expose the Caymanian players to some of the top coaching in England for the Under-16 age group with Jason Duffy, who oversees the Junior development of Sedbergh Rugby and is the head coach of the England U-16s, leading a coaching session for the group on the first day in the U.K.,” the press release notes.
In the second developmental training session, the U-16 players were trained by the professional coaches from Sale Sharks Rugby Football Club and had the opportunity to watch the senior Sale Sharks play in an Aviva Premiership match against the Worcester Warriors and then meet some of the players, including former internationals such as Peter Stringer and Mike Phillips.
The local team’s first game was against Macclesfield Rugby Football Club, which the latter won 50-22.
In the second game, the CRFU U-16s took on Durham City Rugby Football Club, which the latter won 24-14.
The final game was against Wharfedale Rugby Club. The Cayman players represented themselves well, according to the press release, noting that “defensive strength was not in our favor, but the grit and commitment was very evident in the final game on tour, and the experiences learned from this and the other games will be invaluable going forward.” The organizers did not state the final score.
The CRFU thanked all sponsors and supporters and noted that it looks forward “to continuing to see the growth of our current CRFU U-16s.”