Reggae Warriors for inaugural Nines Tournament in May

By March 01, 2019

The Reggae Warriors, Jamaica’s World-Cup bound Rugby League team is among four teams down to compete in the augural America Nines tournament in Toronto on May 18.

The Americas Cup champions will take on the USA, Canada as well a combined Latin American team, the Latin Heat at the Lamport Stadium, home to the Toronto Wolfpack.

 “Rugby League Nines is an exciting spectacle for the fans and we are ecstatic to showcase the international version of this game to the fantastic rugby league fans at Lamport Stadium, affectionately known to Toronto Wolfpack supporters as The Den,” said Josh Knight, Vice President of Canada Rugby League.

 “Wolverines are known to protect their dens and we will certainly do that come May 18th, when we attempt to win this wonderful tournament.”

 Meanwhile, Jamaica’s head coach Romeo Monteith said the tournament is a landmark event for the region as it looks to bolster a rolling calendar of competition which includes a Nines tournament every two years.

“This tournament brings an exciting product to the Americas and offers players, fans and sponsors a great chance to further celebrate and grow the standing and rugby league in the Americas,” Monteith said.

Off the back of a successful Americas Championship campaign in November, Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors believe they have what it takes to dominate the Nines format as well.

“We are looking forward to Jamaica's participation in the Nines; we have all the attributes suited for this version of the game - pace, skill, strength and talent and this is what we will bring to the tournament,” said Jamaica RL Vice Chairman Adrian Hall.

Jamaica will face tough competition as the USA Hawks and Canada Wolverines look to redeem themselves.

The Americas Rugby League Nines Cup will take place every two years beginning in 2019 at Lamport Stadium in Toronto.

Beyond the inaugural tournament, the 2021 Americas Rugby League Nines Cup is looking to include more South American countries plus women’s teams.

“This event provides the Americas an opportunity to look ahead to 2021 with the USA hosting the Americas Nines. This should include more South America participants and hopefully the introduction of Women's Nines Championship and Armed Forces Cup," said USARL Chairman Peter Illfield.

“It’s an opportunity to expose additional players to high-level football and we look forward in playing our part in growing rugby league in the America’s through this exciting new tournament.”

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