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By caribbeancoaching, May 9 2013 06:56PM

St Lucia will be looking to impress with their young talent onthe upcoming NACRA U19s 7s tournament this summer. This is the first time the SLRFU will be entering a team into the compitition! The youth aspect of rugby is on the rise in St Lucia thank to the hard work of Caribbean Coaching and its volunteers. With a number of very talented young players in Laborie, Micoud and Castries St Lucia shouls field a very strong team and put their mark on the U19s circuit!


NACRA:

"With a record number of teams entering the 2013 NACRA U19s 15s Tourament, the Competition has been split in a similar fashion as the IRB U20, with a Cup competition for the top teir teams and a Trophy competition for the more up and coming teams in the region. It is envisaged that with similar numbers competing in future years, that there will be regular promotion and relegation between the two competitions.


While the Cup Competition sees the "usual suspects" in Cayman, Bermuda, T&T Mexico, Barbados and Jamaica, the Trophy will witness a host of relatively unkown teams at the U19 level, with the likes of Turks and Caicos Islands and St Lucia, both of whom are competing for the first time at the regional U19 level. Interesting too will be the perfromance of the Guyana U19s who have been abscent from the competition for many years while choosing to spend their resources on their senior sevens program."


The tournament will run like this:

Sat July 6 Bermuda v Jamaica; T&T v Mexico


Sun July 7 TCI v Bahamas; Guyana v St Lucia


Mon July 8 Cayman v Jamaica; Barbados v Mexico


Tue July 9 TCI v Guyana; Bahamas v St Lucia


Wed July 10 Cayman v Bermuda; T&T v Barbados


Thur July 11 No matches - development and planning session workshop


Fri July 12 TCI v St Lucia; Bahamas v Guyana


By caribbeancoaching, Feb 2 2013 11:00AM

A small but apprehensive crowd turned up to see the St Lucian National male steam narrowly defeated by their counterpart from the British Virgin Islands in their first round Caribbean Rugby Championship clash on the Corinth playing fields.


St Lucia had a brilliant start and pilling on the pressure from the first whistle. This pressure paid off with an early 10 – 0 lead after 11 minutes with tries from Mal Dennis and Colvis Samuels. But BVI’s experience stopped them from dropping their heads and they immediately responded with two quick tries to level the score after 17 minutes. BVI continued to move forward well and capitalised on a phase of possession to land a penalty mid-way through the second half. Shortly after they broke through the St Lucian defence to score another try, bringing the score to 18-10.


But St Lucian fortitude and strength of will stopped the hosts from letting this deter them. They responded well and by the half time whistle had taken the lead again at 20-18.


Both teams started the second half fired up and it was no surprise when both teams scored within the opening minutes to make the score 35-29 to the hosts. Both sides then defended well for the majority of the second half, neither allowing the other to register a point. But such a high intensity game would always lead to more scoring and this came after 71 minutes when BVI scored a brilliant try and were able to land the conversion, taking the score to 36-35. Six minuets later the visitors scored again to take the game out of the reach of St Lucia 41-35.


Scores came from Mal Dennis, Akim Herbert and Jerry Charles with a try apiece, debutante Cyriacus Isidore from the newly formed Micoud rugby scored a try to mark a very impressive first cap. Colvis Samuels also scored 12 points (1 try, two conversions and one penalty).


The game was a tremendous learning experience for the team, many were winning their first cap for their country. Three players were younger than 19 and many were just twenty years old. Will the team suffered a defeat the inclusion of so many young players and the performance their gave means the future looks very bright for rugby in St Lucia.