The NACRA Men’s U19 Championships is the premiere U19 Men’s Championships for the North American Caribbean Rugby Association. The members of NACRA U19 are USA Rugby South, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. We will profile each team leading up to the 2015 NACRA Men’s U19 Rugby Championships being held in Orlando, FL from July 11-18, 2015.
Barbados U19 Men’s Rugby side is entering into the NACRA U19 Men’s Rugby Championships as the second ranked team. It goes with out saying that Barbados will be entering into this championships with high expectations. Coming off a 2-1 record and championship runner up from the 2014 U19 Rugby Championships, Barbados looks to finish what they started. Lead by head coach, Dennis Hargreaves, and team manager, Kevin Cobham, Barbados will be competing with the philosophy of “Play hard and Enjoy the game”.
Barbados will be returning to action with ten players from last years runner up team. The returning players include:
Oscar Tradaway-Hoyte Prop
Shane Howard Hooker
David Burke Second Row
Nikolei Bonnett Flanker
Mikyle Walcott Scrum Half
Iestyn Caddy Scrum Half
Jake Caddy Flyhalf
Darien Walcott Flyhalf
Nick Daniel Center
Ellis Pinder-Young Center
Barbados players are looking forward to this championship. It’s not simply another opportunity to play for their country, but another opportunity to impact the growth of rugby in their own country. Coach Hargreaves explained,
Playing in this tournament allows us to play at the highest level possible and find out how well our Long Term Player Development Programme is progressing.
Barbados will play their first match against Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday, July 11 at 12:00pm EST. You can catch all the action live on Gift-Time Rugby Network TV