JAMAICA RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Information on this page was updated – 11/3/2014
Foundation Year – 2004
International Team – Reggae Warrirors
Top level domestic competition – Jamaica in 2012 have 8 community club teams, 5 university teams, and 12 high schools and 5 primary schools playing tag rugby league.
History– Jamaica fall under the West Indies Rugby League Federation. Rugby League in Jamaica started when local Rugby Union clubs disappointed by the lack of support from the Rugby Fraternity took the bold step of playing Rugby League. When Super League teams like the Leeds Rhinos from the English Super League started to provide support with the donation of balls, jerseys and providing coaching clinics the seeds were sown for the growth of league in Jamaica. The national competition commenced in 2005 with 4 teams.
In December 2005 the fledgling Jamaican Rugby League Competition got a huge boost with the announcement of a new partnership with the Global Insurance Company worth $4.3 Million.
In March 2007 the Jamaican National team played their first international against the touring West Yorkshire Police. The Jamaican’s skills were a little rusty but they showed that they had the athleticism to make it in rugby league. The national team were defeated, narrrowly losing 26 – 12. The 10 day tour saw the West Yorkshire Police attend local schools and also play against the local league team the Constabulary Knights.
In July/August 2007 Jamaica went on a tour of the United States. Jamaica played the Jacksonville Axemen, a team from the American National Rugby League. The tour was a first for the Jamaican’s. In front of a crowd of 1500 at Jacksonville’s Hodges Stadium, Jamaica put in a brave effort in the first half to only be down 20 -10 at half time. The fitness of the Jamaican’s was telling in the second half as the Axemen ran away with the game 46 – 20.
The British Royal Air Force toured Jamaica in January 2008. The Air Force were involved in promoting rugby league and assisting disadvantaged communities. The international match saw the RAF triumph 32 – 24 against the Nomads.
In 2009 Jamaica were ranked 24th in World seedings by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).
In February 2009 the RLEF appointed a new development officer to assist with Rugby League growth in Jamaica. This also co-insides with the appointment of the first professional coach for the Jamaican national team. Dean Thomas the new national coach comes with a wealth of experience coaching in the National Leagues in the UK. His appointment will help take the game in Jamaica to the next level.
The recent success of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup will provide further funds to develop the sport throughout the America’s. The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) will now have more funds to invest in development officers and continue assisting rugby league’s growth. With the right support and the advancements made already Jamaica will be ready to take part in the Rugby League World Cup qualifiers for the first time.
In late 2009 Jamaica toured to the United States to play for the inaugural Atlantic Cup. In front of over 3500 fans in Jacksonville, Jamaica went into half time ahead 12 – 10. When they went onto the field in the second half they just could not hold onto the lead with the United States clinching the Atlantic Cup defeating Jamaica 37 – 22.
In 2010 the Atlantic Cup returned to Jacksonville. This time round Canada joined the tournament along with previous participants the United States and Jamaica. Jamaica managed to defeat Canada but could not over come the might of the United States and finished 2nd in overall standings.
In another boost for Rugby League in Jamaica the Rugby League International Federation announced in late 2010 that Jamaica, United States and South Africa would form part of an Atlanic qualifying leg for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. This has provided Jamaiaca the opportunity to secure a place in their first ever Rugby League World Cup.
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JAMAICAN INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS
2014 Rugby League Results
Jul 19th Canada 24 v Jamaica 20, Toronto (Caribbean Carnival Cup)
2013 Rugby League Results
Jul 20th Canada 38 v Jamaica 14 (Caribbean Carnival Cup)
2012 Rugby League Results
Jul 21st Canada 18 V Jamaica 12 (Carribean Carnival Cup)
Jun 16th Jamaica A 28 – BARLA Great Britain U23 56
Jun 9th Jamaica A 10 – BARLA Great Britain U23 54
2011 Rugby League Results
Oct 23rd United States 40 – Jamaica 4 (World Cup Qualifiers Atlantic)
Oct 19th South Africa 6 – Jamaica 20 (World Cup Qualifiers Atlantic)
Jul 31st Canada 40 – Jamaica 10 (Caribbean Carnival Cup)
2010 Rugby League Results
Nov 18th Jamaica 32 – Canada 12 (Atlantic Cup)
Nov 16th United States 36 – Jamaica 26 (Atlantic Cup)
2009 Rugby League Results
Nov 14th United States 37 – Jamaica 22 (Atlantic Cup)
2008 Rugby League Results
Jan 13th Royal Airforce 32 – Jamaica 24
2007 Rugby League Results
Aug 2nd Jacksonville 46 – Jamaica 20
Mar 3rd West Yorkshire Pol 26 – Jamaica 12
2004 Rugby League Results
Oct 9th South Africa 50 – West Indies 22