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Thursday, June 15, 2017
America’s Cup Cancels Bermuda Rugby Game

Saturday was to see two Rugby Americas North international matches played. One of them, however, has been cancelled.

The USA South Panthers’ home fixture against Bermuda has officially been called-off.

Bermuda Rugby Football Union President told www.islandstats.com, “Due to Injuries and players not able to get away from the America’s Cup we have had to forfeit the game.”

Rugby Americas North has awarded a victory by WO to the USA South Panthers. This also sees the Panthers allocated 4 championship points.

Both the USA South Panthers and Bermuda lost to Mexico in prior fixtures. Bermuda also fell to the Cayman Islands, a side which the Panthers defeated.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Bermuda Under 19 Team Heading to RAN's

Bermuda's Under 19 National Men's XV will compete at the annual weeklong international competition for Rugby Americas North (RAN) Men’s U19s and Women’s 10s tournaments that will return to Vizcaya Park in the City of Miramar from July 15th through the 22nd, 2017.

Seven Men’s teams from the RAN region and one from the Sudamerica Rugby (SAR) region will compete throughout the week for the 2017 title and the opportunity to represent RAN in the SAR U18 tournament in 2018.

RAN Superweek Schedule:

Saturday, July 15th:

2:30 PM Rookie Rugby Mini Camp, hosted by Okapi Wanderers

4:00 PM (M) QF1: USA Rugby South v Jamaica

6:00 PM (M) QF2: SAR (TBD) v Cayman Islands

Sunday, July 16th:

11:00 AM Okapi Wanderers (US) vs. Harton College (UK) Boys Exhibition Match

1.00 PM (M) QF3: Bermuda v Trinidad & Tobago

3.00 PM (m) QF4: Turks & Caicos Islands v Mexico

Monday, July 17th:

No matches

Tuesday, July 18th:

4:00 PM (M) Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

6:00 PM (M) Loser QF1 v Loser QF2

Wednesday, July 19th:

4:00 PM (M) Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

6:00 PM (M) Loser QF3 v Loser QF4

Thursday, July 20th:

3:30 PM (W) M1: USA Rugby South v Trinidad & Tobago

4:00 PM (W) M2: Mexico v Jamaica

6:00 PM (W) M3: Trinidad & Tobago v Mexico

6:30 PM (W) M4: USA South v Jamaica

Friday, July 21st:

2:00 PM (W) M5: Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica

2:30 PM (W) M6: USA South v Mexico

3:00 PM (M) 7th v 8th Place

4:30 PM (W) M7: 3rd v 4th

5:00 PM (M) 5th v 6th Place

6:30 PM (W) M8: 1st v 2nd

Saturday, July 22nd:

2:00 PM (M) 3rd v 4th Place

4:00 PM (M) Final

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Hodgkins Brothers Win Finals in Canada

Jamin Hodgkins and his Shawnigan teammates earned another coveted banner as the 1st XV defeated St. George's School 47-15 in the Provincial AAAA Boys Rugby Championship.

An emphatic win over Earl Marriott in their Semi-Final set up the title game, marking the 10th consecutive top-tier finals appearance for Shawnigan and the 5th straight final against St. George's.

It was St. George's that unearthed the first scoring opportunity, when a penalty 18 yards from the Shawnigan line led to a kick launched just wide from Saints' Jack S.

Shawnigan finally drew first blood in the ninth minute, as the forwards won a St. George's scrum deep in Saints territory and Dean M. ran the ball into the far right corner.

By the end of the first half, Shawnigan led 33-3, after tries from Jack S., Carter M., Evan N., and a second from Dean M. From a Shawnigan perspective, the game seemed to follow a dream script, with forwards winning scrums and rucks and backs darting exuberantly into space.

"I think, overall, we were better prepared," Shawnigan Coach Tim Murdy said afterwards. "They are fit, strong boys, and because of all the training we've done, they were able to use it when it counted."

The second half proved somewhat more even, as St. George's forged two tries from strong positional play and Shawnigan began to take starters off the field and allow graduating players to taste the action.

Shawnigan added a pair of tries in the second half, while kicker Jonny H. was successful on six of his seven conversion attempts, including several from distance.

As the final whistle sounded, the squad erupted in a rare display of emotion, with several players in tears as they saluted the two busloads of supporters that had travelled to Abbotsford's Rotary Stadium.

"We've been a really emotional team all year – the way we've defended and the way we've attacked," says Shawnigan Captain Seth P. "I think that's what made us a good team; we've played with heart and we've played as a team."

Shawnigan has now won three straight top-tier rugby titles, and has reached the top of the BC Boys rugby podium in eight of the past nine years.

"It's tough being on the 1st XV at this School," admits Coach Tim Murdy. "It is always a very talented team, but also there's a lot of expectations for them based on past results." Murdy stressed that the victory was a "15-man performance," something he and his coaching staff had stressed all year long. "They're a great group of kids who met all of our challenges and were a lot of fun to be around," adding "It was a very rewarding experience."

The team was presented with the blue championship banner at an awards ceremony at the end of the day. In addition, Ian L. was named to the 'Commissioner's XV' while Teddy Z. received a Derek Hyde-Lay Scholarship.

The 1st XV's championship came a day after Jonny Hodgkins and his Shawnigan's Junior Boys – the Colts teammates won the Provincial Junior Boys Title.
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Brynley Toms Speaks After Bermuda Defeat

Bermuda suffered their second defeat in the 2017 edition of Rugby Americas North – North Zone Championship Division.

Brynley Toms gained his first senior cap, and scored on his debut representing Bermuda for the first time since winning the Regional Under 19 Championship in 2010.

The 6’ 4”, 130kg prop is the son of local rugby legend Brian Toms, and has being playing for Bedwas RFC in the Welsh Premier Division for the past four seasons, having previously representing Wales Students during his time at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Saturday, June 03, 2017
Bermuda Defeated By Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Were Head & Shoulders Above Bermuda
Bermuda 15 Cayman Islands 28

Bermuda’s bid to stay in the Rugby Americas North – North Zone Championship Division will come down to their final group match against USA South in two weeks time after they went down 28 - 15 to Cayman Islands at the National Sports Center.

Bermuda found themselves down 17 - 0 at the halftime break but showed guts in the second half, but just left too much work to be done.

Cayman got on the board early with a Try in the 7th minute when David Acutt went over, Morgan Hayward kicked the Conversion to make it 7 - 0. In the 21st minute it was 12 - 0, with Morgan Shelver going over and when Hayward connected with the Conversion the score moved to 14 - 0, Hayward would add a Penalty Kick to extend the lead to 17 - 0, things could have been worse for Bermuda had Hayward connected on two Penalty Kicks in the 36th and 39th minutes, but the half came to an end with the visitors in full control.

Cayman started the second half off quickly with a Try as Venasio Tokatokavanua scored to make it 22 - 0, but Bermuda responded right away when Conor McGlynn went over, the Conversion attempt was missed leaving the score 22 - 5, Brynley Toms would pull Bermuda within 12 points when he scored his first Senior Squad Try, again the Conversion was missed leaving the score 22 - 10. Hayward would kick another Penalty to put Cayman Island up 25 - 10, and minutes later he would connect again to extend the visitors lead to 28 - 10, Darren Richardson would go over for Bermuda late in the match and with the Conversion missed it left the score at 28-15.

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