Rugby in St Lucia
These are as follows:
International Rugby Board (IRB)
North America and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA)
Department of Youth and Sports
The affairs of the Union are managed by an Executive Committee composed of the following:
Public relations Officer
These members are elected annually in January to execute the Union’s mandate. Their profession, qualification and passion for rugby have helped to keep the game alive in spite of tremendous odds. Many of the individuals have tremendous experience and contacts as they relate to organizing events. They receive adequate practice and exposure through training in sports administration and events management, the hosting of visiting teams and travelling overseas to major tournaments and other events such as Rugby World Cup and International Rugby Board Biennial Conference.
The Union also draws on the knowledge and skills of the groups it is affiliated to and other individuals and organizations with the requisite facilities to assist. The Department of Youth and Sports and the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) are key entities in this regard.
The sport has been buoyed by a number of advancements achieved recently. This has resulted in greater visibility and escalation in interest from the public, sponsors etc. Carnival Tournament would capitalize and build on these successes to take rugby to the next level. Some of these achievements are:
Formation of the St Lucia Rugby Referees Society
Hosted the Inaugural Youth Tag Rugby Tournament in Micoud on December 3, 2011.
Third place in the Coca Cola 10’s Tournament held in Martinique on November 26, 2011. Mr. Jerry Charles of St Lucia was named MVP of the tournament.
The St Lucia male team advanced to the quarter finals of the NACRA 7’s tournament held in Barbados on November 12 and 13, 2011. It was the first time that the team got this far in the competition.
The female 7-a-side team:
Defeating their counterparts from Guadeloupe on Saturday May 7, 2011 at the Corinth Playing field.
Winning the South Central 7’s tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2001
Placing second in the NACRA 7’tournament held in Mexico in 2009 and fourth in the similar tournament held in Guyana in 2010.
The male team made it to the quarter finals of the 2011 NACRA 7’s tournament held in Barbados on November 12 and 13.
Launch of youth rugby in the north of the island on May 7, 2011
Hosting of IRB/NACRA training courses for coaches and referees in January 2011
Hosting of the Skippy Lizard Rugby Club from the United States of America, Diamante RFC of Martinique and BVI females.
Establishment of teams in Pierrot, Micoud, Babonneau and Castries.
Plans to host Inter-schools rugby tournaments.
Possible assistance from Peace Corp. in the form of a volunteer to help develop rugby on the island.
Strategic alliances with entities such as Treasure Bay Casino and Windward and Leeward Brewery.
The Union is committed to the holistic development of its members and tailors its activities to achieve this objective. Consequently, activities are as follows:
Training in specific rugby activities and general physical fitness/ conditioning activities.
Presentations/discussions on nutrition, first aid, duties and responsibilities of rugby players as ambassadors, safe sex.
Social activities such as nature walks, snorkeling, games nights
Hosting of local and international matches/tournaments
Overseas visits by representative teams.
Officials attend meetings/conferences etc locally and overseas
Provide players/officials for select sides e.g. West Indies Rugby Team and tournaments.
Hawks Rugby Club
Komodo Dragons Rugby Club
St Lucia Under 19’s
St Lucia Women
St Lucia Rugby Referees Society.
Like its Caribbean counterparts, rugby in St Lucia has remained a minor sport and is yet to receive the recognition and prominence as other traditional sports such as cricket and football. This, more than anything else, has forced the sport to be restricted to the 7’s and 10’s versions of the game. Nonetheless, 15’s rugby is still played against visiting teams especially among the seniors.
Our women have developed by leaps and bounds since the resuscitation in 2005 in numbers and proficiency. The Union recorded its best ever results in an international tournament when the St Lucia Female Rugby team came second in the 2009 NACRA 7’s competition held in Mexico on November 14 and 15, 2009. This was after an absence of at least three years from the international arena and the resulting inactivity.
Two schools have started rugby programmes. They are the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and the Corinth Secondary School. The first ever inter-school rugby match was played by these teams two years ago. Players from the said teams formed the St Lucia Youths who played in the Carnival International 10’s 2006. Teams from Trinidad and Jamaica also participated in the tournament.
St Lucia has been hosting an annually tournament for the past thirteen years. It commenced as a 7’s competition but changed to 10’s and is currently dubbed the Carnival Internal 10’s held on Carnival Saturday. A number of club teams have attended from territories such as:
Trinidad ( Enthusiasts, Royalians and Defense Force)
Barbados (Renegades, Scorpions)
Martinique (Good Luck)
Apart from the tournament above, St Lucia has played host to a number of teams including:
Skippy Lizard RFC of the USA
Diamante RFC of Martinique
British Virgin Islands
UK Law Society Rugby Team. A 35 member strong group descended on St Lucia in February 2007. Two 15’s matches were played involving the visitors and the St Lucia team.
Good Luck Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe Female team May 2008.
Warships e.g. HMS Monmouth and HMS Liverpool.
St Vincent national team. St Lucia hosted the team in an IRB Rugby World Cup Qualifier
The male and female teams also travel overseas to compete in tournaments or challenge matches. Some of these competitions are as follows:
World Cup Qualifiers
NACRA annual 7’s and 15’s tournaments
Caribbean 7’s tournament in Trinidad.