With a shift in some of the participating teams, and qualifications for Americas Rugby Challenge and Rugby World Cup, there’s a new look to the 2019 RAN Men’s 15s Tournament. Here’s what you need to know:
- With Cayman defeating Guyana and now playing in the 2019 Americas Rugby Challenge, there is only one match in the North Championship division – Bermuda versus Jamaica.
- USA South will play a warm up preparation match for Cayman, in Cayman, date TBA
- In the North Cup, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands will all play each other.
- Bahamas elected not to participate in 2019
- In the South Cup competition, Martinique, Curacao, and Barbados will all play each other.
- In the South Championship Division, Trinidad & Tobago have elected not to participate, so there is only one match with Guyana (home) playing Guadeloupe.
- The final will be the Bermuda (North Champion) vs. either Guyana or Guadeloupe (South Champions).
- If Guyana win it will be played in Guyana. If Guadeloupe win it will be played in Bermuda.
There is no promotion or relegation as such after these matches since 2020 is expected to be the first qualifying round for Rugby World Cup 2023, and as such only Full Members of World Rugby can compete in 2020.
2019 RAN Men’s 15s Schedule
Bermuda vs. Jamaica – March 9th
Result: Bermuda 43-14 Jamaica
British Virgin Islands vs. Turks & Caicos – May 4 2019
Turks & Caicos vs. Dominican Republic – April 13 2019
Dominican Republic vs. British Virgin Islands – TBA
Guyana vs. Guadeloupe – Tentatively April 27th
Martinique vs. Barbados – March 16, 2019
Result: Martinique 43-19 Barbados
Martinique vs. Curacao – March 23, 2019
Barbados vs. Curacao – April 6 2019
One-Off Internationals / Warm-up Matches
St Lucia vs. St Vincent – TBA
Mexico vs. Capital Selects – July 27th
Cayman vs. USA South – TBA
2019 RAN Men’s 15s Final: Winner North Championship vs. Winner South Championship
2019 Rugby World Cup Qualification Process
The qualification process for the Americas region is a four round process, the same process used for the 2015 Americas qualification. Round 1 took place in 2016, where the 2016 Rugby Americas North Championship acted as the qualification tournament, Round 1A. The nine World Rugby members in the RAN were separated into two zones, a south and north zone. The bottom placed team from the 2015 tournament, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, had to play returning team to the tournament, Jamaica, to earn the right to compete in the main tournament, with Jamaica winning and earning the right to compete in the south zone. The winners of each zone, Guyana and Mexico, competed in the Championship final to earn the right to progress to the Round 1 final, with Mexico winning 32-3. Mexico then went on to face the winners of Round 1B, which was formed by the 2016 South American Rugby Championship “B”. There, Columbia beat Mexico 29-11, knocking them out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Qualification process. Scores from the 2016 RAN Men’s qualifications are below.
Round 2 also took place in 2016, with the 2016 South American Rugby Championship “A” forming Round 2A. The 2016 South American Rugby Championship (Confederación Sudamericana de Rugby (CONSUR) Championship) Division A was the third edition of second level of the South American Rugby Championship. The tournament was played in a round-robin format with each team playing each other team once. The two first teams, Uruguay and Chile, won the right to compete in the top level tournament of South American Rugby Championship, called South America Rugby Cup. The first match of the 2016 Sudamérica Rugby Cup, between Uruguay and Chile, doubled as the closing match of the South American Rugby Championship.
Round 3 will take place starting in May 2017, with the top CONSUR division, 2017 South American Rugby Championship “A”, forming Round 3A. The winner of that round will advance to Round 4, and will play a home and away playoff series against the loser of Round 3B. Round 3B will be formed by a home and away playoff series between the top two Americas nations, Canada and the United States, where the winner of the playoff series qualifying as Americas 1. Details can be found here.
Round 4 will see the winner of Round 3A play against the loser of Round 3B in a home and away playoff series in 2018. The winner of the playoff series will qualify as Americas 2, with the loser advancing to the Repechage as Americas 3 for a second chance to qualify.
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan will again feature 20 teams. Twelve teams qualified directly by virtue of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at RWC 2015 in England. They are champions New Zealand, hosts Japan, Argentina, Australia, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.
To find out more about the Rugby World Cup Qualification process, please visit rugbyworldcup.com.
2018 RAN Men’s 15s
Due to the cancellation of the Cayman Islands versus Trinidad & Tobago match, by Trinidad & Tobago, scheduled for June 23rd, and the inability to re-schedule the match, the matches between Trinidad & Tobago and Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago and USA South are now deemed not to form part of the 2018 RAN Senior Men’s 15’s Championship Division and hence have been removed from the Championship Division standings.