Despite going down to the world-number-two British Knight’s, Reggae Warriors head coach Romeo Monteith said he was pleased with the manner in which the team played against their Tier-1 opponents.

Two players from Jamaica’s Rugby League champions have been named in a strong 20-man national squad set to take on England Knights at Emerald Headingly Stadium on Sunday.

England Knights will play Jamaica in a historic international fixture at the Emerald Headingley Stadium this October, as part of both countries’ countdown to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The England Lionhearts, a powerful representative team from the amateur leagues in England landed in Jamaica on Monday, July 1, for a 14-day Tour of Jamaica.

Two tries from Duhaney Park Red Sharks back-rower Ryan Grant set Jamaica on the road to a 26-24 victory over the USA, in the nation’s first meeting on Caribbean soil, at the Mona Bowl, University of West Indies, Kingston.

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.

Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors are now the highest-ranked team in the Americas, displacing the United States Hawks who they beat 16-10 to win the Americas Championships on November 17.

Reggae Warriors captain Marvin Thompson said the team’s members sacrificed a lot to qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup but it was a life-changing experience.

Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors have been lauded for their resilience by Jamaica’s Minister of Sports Olivia Grange, in the wake of qualifying for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

Jamaica will be at the Rugby League World Cup for the first time in their history after they beat the United States 16-10 earlier on Saturday.

The Reggae Warriors will make their inaugural bow in the World Cup thanks to Jy-Mel Coleman’s two first-half penalty goals as well as tries from Joel Farrell and Keenen Tomlinson.

The efforts gave the Reggae Warriors a 16-0 lead but the USA Hawks would come roaring back before the break.

Tries from halfback Conor Donehue and Ryan Burroughs meant the half would end 16-10.

The Reggae Warriors then showed their defensive prowess in the second half, to keep the period scoreless and become the 11th country to qualify for the 2021 showpiece.

“This team was built on defence. For us to hold them out after they threw everything at us including the kitchen sink and we held on, I’m really proud of the boys,” said Reggae Warriors assistant coach Roy Calvert.

The victory also meant the Warriors claimed the 2018 Americas Championship.

“This is a long time coming. There’ve been a lot of sacrifices, a lot of hard work. I’m so happy,” said Calvert.

“I’m so proud of this group of boys. We’ve kept this team playing together for the last two years. There’ve been a lot of financial sacrifices,” he said.

“This is history, it can’t be taken away from us.”

Jamaica and the USA have named 19-man squads for their clash at the Hodges Stadium, University of North Florida, Jacksonville on Saturday which will decide the eleventh nation to qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

As the Reggae Warriors prepare for Saturday's game against the United States in the Americas Championships with a spot in the World Cup on the line, coach Romeo Monteith reveals that the team has been focused on tactics and getting healthy.

Jamaica Rugby League Director Romeo Monteith was a happy man Tuesday night when the Reggae Warriors defeated Canada and took a big step towards qualifying for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

Jamaica have named their 19-man squad for their Americas-Championships clash against Canada at the University of North Florida Stadium in Jacksonville on Tuesday.

Based on the level of experience in their squad, Jamaica start as potential favourites for the 2018 Americas Championship, which will also act as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

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