Young ruggers invited for U18 tryouts

Young rugby players are being given a chance to start staking their claim for spots on the Cayman Islands National U18 Team for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers in Las Vegas.

The Cayman Rugby Football Union will be hosting tryouts on Saturday, 21 October at the Rugby Club in South Sound. CRFU Youth Development Manager Edward Westin explained to why the session is being held now.

“We’ve got a good base to start with for that age group and we’re just looking to give the opportunity to people who may be out there who haven’t heard about rugby or hadn’t really thought about joining but have that natural athletic ability and might be interested in giving it a shot,” Westin said.

The training session starts at 11:00 a.m. and will involve various strength and conditioning tests, as well as skill drills including passing, catching, tackling, rucking, and kicking.

“It’s an opportunity to do some of the basic tests that we would do with our national athletes [to] get an idea of the level of the individuals that show up,” Westin said.

“That day will be quite light. We don’t throw them into a full tackle game immediately. It will be some of the basic tests and getting the rugby ball into their hands and seeing what sort of skills they have and then if they find it interesting and want to stay involved, we have some time to work and develop the players who have the potential to make the team,” the CRFU Youth Development Manager added.

The tournament is being played in March and Westin said he expects the squad to round into shape sometime in February.

The tryouts are open to Cayman Islands passport holders born between 1 January, 2000 and 31 December, 2001.

It also coincides with the start of the junior rugby season and allows newer players to get in the swing of things and possibly join a team academy for weekday training after school in addition to the Saturday morning sessions.

For further details email or call (345) 324-9856.

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