The Cayman Islands rugby union team has been playing international rugby since 1976, when it defeated Jamaica 10-9 in its first match. Rugby union in the Cayman Islands is governed by the Cayman Islands Rugby Football Union.
Playing in the Caribbean Championship, alongside international teams such as Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands have, so far, failed to qualify for the finals of the Rugby World Cup. However, they have achieved a number of notable victories in their history, including a 22-18 win over Mexico in Mexico City in 1985, and a 48-0 thrashing of Jamaica in 2001 – which remains their biggest international victory.
Record In Rugby World Cup Qualifiers
The Cayman Islands first tried to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in the early years of the 21st Century. When attempting to qualify for the 2003 tournament, the Cayman Islands started well with a win over Guyana, but their progression was halted following a defeat by Trinidad and Tobago. While attempting to qualify for the 2007 World Cup the Cayman Islands were placed in a pool consisting of Jamaica, the Bahamas and Bermuda. Though they managed to win two of their three matches, and ultimately finished as runners-up in their pool, they again failed to qualify.
The Make Up Of The Cayman Islands Team
There is a mix to the Cayman Islands national team of local players and players from overseas. But, for pre-season matches in 2012, the Cayman Islands side was made up of exclusively local players.
Team Colours, Other International Cayman Islands Rugby Union Sides
The colours of the Cayman Islands team are dark blue shirts, with a white vertical stripe under each arm, dark blue shorts and red socks. The Cayman Islands also have an international sevens and women’s teams.