Bridgetown, Barbados (July 17, 2019) – Hundreds of the best rugby players from around North America and the Caribbean North have landed in Barbados for this week’s 2019 Rugby Americas North Men’s Under-19 and Women’s 10s tournament.

In its 17th year running, the Men’s U19 will shift from a week long competition to four days of matches. The new festival style format will allow for teams to play a greater number of matches, with each match being 40 minutes long, except for the finals which will have 35-minute halves. Mexico and USA South Panthers have traded the Men’s U19 title back and forth since 2015.

The Women’s 10s tournament remains an important development tool for the women’s game around the region. In its fourth year, the number of teams competing, and the caliber of play continues to increase. The Women’s 10s tournament will take place on July 19th and 20th.

Entering its 17th year, the Men’s U19 tournament is an important development tool for the region. For many young athletes it’s a first introduction to the international stage and the year’s only chance to compete against high caliber teams in a condensed tournament format.

The Women’s 10s tournament is entering its fourth year and is part of RAN’s strategy to encourage unions to establish 10s and fifteens domestic programs. This year the eight teams have been separated into two pools: USA South, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia & Curacao in Pool A with Pool B being Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican Republic & hosts Barbados.

Barbados hosted last year’s successful 2018 RAN Sevens, and have a long history of hosting international rugby dating back to 2005.

“We are thrilled to once again host our RAN teams in Barbados,” said Niall Brooks, Rugby Americas North General Manager. “The Bellevue Plantation Polo Fields will provide an ideal location for the matches and the action will be streamed on our Youtube channel so that it can be seen throughout the region and world. We wish the very best to all teams and players.”

The four-day long tournament is being held at the Bellevue Plantation Polo Club and is free to attend.

Fans can watch live on Facebook & Youtube on Saturday and Sunday, while live scoring, photos and video highlights will be provided on Rugby Americas North’s social media pages and website.

2019 RAN U19s & Womens 10s Tournament
Bellevue Plantation Polo Fields, St Michaels, Barbados
1110:00MAMexicoTrinidad & Tobago
2111:00MACayman IslandsCuracao
3112:00MBUSA SouthBermuda
6115:00MACayman IslandsTrinidad & Tobago
7116:00MBUSA SouthBarbados
18:00 ►  End of Day 1
1109:00MAMexicoCayman Islands
2110:00MATrinidad & TobagoCuracao
3210:00WAUSA SouthSaint Lucia
4210:30WATrinidad & TobagoCuracao
5111:00MBUSA SouthJamaica
6211:00WBJamaicaDominican Republic
9212:30WAUSA SouthCuracao
10213:00WATrinidad & TobagoSaint Lucia
12214:00WBMexicoDominican Republic
13114:00M Cup SF11st M Pool A2nd M Pool B
14115:00M Cup SF21st M Pool B2nd M Pool A
15215:00WAUSA SouthTrinidad & Tobago
16215:30WASaint LuciaCuracao
17116:00M Plate SF13rd M Pool A4th M Pool B
19216:30WBDominican RepublicBarbados
20117:00M Plate SF23rd M Pool B4th M Pool A
18:00 ►  End of Day 2
1210:00WQF11st W Pool A4th W Pool B
2210:30WQF22nd W Pool B3rd W Pool A
3211:00WQF32nd W Pool A3rd W Pool B
4211:30WQF41st W Pool B4th W Pool A
5213:00W Plate SF1Loser WQF1Loser WQF2
6213:30W Plate SF2Loser WQF3Loser WQF4
7214:00W Cup SF1Winner WQF1Winner WQF2
8214:30W Cup SF2Winner WQF3Winner WQF4
9215:30W Plate 7th&8thLoser W Plate SF1Loser W Plate SF2
10216:00W Plate FinalWinner W Plate SF1Winner W Plate SF2
11216:30W Cup 3rd&4thLoser W Cup SF1Loser W Cup SF1
12217:00W Cup FinalWinner W Cup SF1Winner W Cup SF2
17:30 ►  End of Day 2
1110:00M 7th&8thLoser M PLATE SF1Loser M PLATE SF2
2111:30M Plate FinalWinner M PLATE SF1Winner M PLATE SF2
3113:00M Cup 3rd&4thLoser M CUP SF1Loser M CUP SF2
4114:30M Cup FinalWinner M CUP SF1Winner M CUP SF1