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Rugby union in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


Rugby union in St Vincent and the Grenadines is a significant sport. They are currently ranked 75th by the IRB, with 866 registered players, and five clubs.[1]

Governing body

The governing body is the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Rugby Football Union (SVGRFU)[1][2]

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Rugby Union Football Club (SVGRUFC) came into existence on Sunday 18th January 1998, when the first game of touch rugby, was played at the Sion Hill playing field on Saint Vincent using four traffic cones as pitch markers.

The first official committee meeting was held on April 1st, 1998 when they selected an executive committee consisting of John Townend (president) and a number of other people. The club had twenty other members.

History

Just after Christmas 1997, an Englishman, John Townend, returned home to the islands, with a couple of rugby balls, and got in contact with some Australian/New Zealand expatriates.[2] Father Faifal, a Samoan in the Catholic Mission, also expressed an interest.[2]

It all came about following a chance conversation between the incumbent President and fiancée of Kirk Hobson Garcia at a Christmas party. She had complained bitterly how she missed "her man" being able to do those "silly man things" on a Sunday morning. John Townend heard this conversation and returned with the balls.

Then the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Rugby Union Football Club (SVGRUFC) was founded in 1998, after a game of touch rugby, was played at the Sion Hill playing field.[2]

See also

External links

  • IRB SVG page
  • Official union page
  • NAWIRA SVG page
  • (French) Archives du Rugby: Saint Vincent

References


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