Clarence Brown Rugby Sevens for Sabina Park Saturday

By January 18, 2019

The sixth Clarence Brown (CB) Crocs International Sevens Rugby Tournament was launched on Friday at the R Hotel in Kingston. The tournament will take place at Sabina Park on Saturday, January 19 starting 8:00 a.m.

Thirty teams will participate in the tournament including eight men and four women senior teams, eight high school boys and four high school girls teams, two over-35 teams, two ‘Old Crocs’ and two ‘Tiny Tots Crocs’ teams. There will also be an exhibition match-up between the premier outfits, Jamaica Crocs, the national men’s team and a past national outfit with players from the 1980s.

The Jamaica Olympic Association is the main sponsor of the competition that will also feature a host of foreign-based players who will be on show.

 “What better place to have this competition but at Sabina Park where the past, present and, I have no doubt, future, witness feats of courage, determination, character, artistry, comradeship and excellence while serving as a learning ground in testing mettle when disappointment of doubt occur,” said JOA President Christopher Samuda.

Chairman of the Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU), Jerry Benzwick, said the presence of overseas-based national players adds prestige to the tournament, now in its sixth staging.

“The boys who play for us here want to play with our boys overseas and they don’t get that opportunity often, so this is a wonderful chance for us to blend these players and for us to get to know each other, and for the players from overseas to feel the vibe and energy from Jamaica,” Benzwick said.

The JFRU head said the tournament fits part of a wider development plan for the growth of the sport.

“This year’s we’re having a Sevens Series, so it’s seven Sevens, we’re doing sevens tournaments in seven different places and what that does is it introduces rugby into seven different areas,” Benzwick said.

“We’ve gone to St. Ann, so far, we had one at Mona, now we’re down at Sabina and the next one is probably going to be at G.C. Foster College. There’s supposed to be three more and one is going to be in MoBay, one might be in Clarendon and then I’m not sure where the other one’s going to be because we’re still looking at the venues for that.”

Rugby Sevens has seen significant development in recent times.

The Jamaica Crocs won the gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in July 2018, and have since qualified for the Rugby Sevens World Cup. Ryan Foster, CEO of the JOA, says their continued rise encouraged the JOA’s support of the CB Crocs Sevens.

“The JOA is extremely proud of the Rugby Union and the work that they have been doing. Jamaica was the only Carribean country that participated in the World Cup. The Union has completely bought into our vision and we are seeing it manifested in their performances,” Foster said.

 

 

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