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 43-19 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 43-14 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