In July, Barbados Rugby Football Union take on Trinis & Limeys: Barbados Select (seniors) Vs. Birkenhead Park (UK) 14/07/2012

The Historic Garrison Savannah will come alive with vigorous rugby action in mid-July, as the Barbados Rugby Football Union plays host to several teams from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The discipline of rugby has been regaining popularity in Barbados recent times and the Barbados U19 Squad is currently hard at work training for the NACRA (North American and Caribbean Rugby Association) Under 19 Championships, which will take place July 7-14, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. Other participants in that tournament will be defending champions Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and hosts Mexico.

The action kicks off with the Barbados Select (seniors) team facing off against Birkenhead Park Football Club, who will be on the Barbados leg of their Barbados & Trinidad tour.

{FILE IMAGE: Photo compliments Robin Das Boot-Illischuss} For more information, contact Kathie Daniel, public relations officer, at or (246) 268-1496.

The playing schedule for the local matches is as follows:

  • July 14 Barbados Select (Seniors) v Birkenhead Park (UK)
  • July 18 Barbados Schools v Wisbech (UK)
  • July 21 Barbados Schools v Wisbech v Datchworth (UK) Tens Tournament
  • July 23 Datchworth v Wisbech & Wisbech v Trinidad Schools
  • July 25 Datchworth v Barbados Schools? & Wisbech v Trinidad
  • July 28 Datchworth v Trinidad

The Barbados Rugby Football Union was formed in 1964. A clubhouse was erected at the Garrison Savannah, which has become the home of Rugby Barbados. This area has been officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In November 2011, despite torrential rains, the BRFU were proud to host the DHL NACRA 7’s championships at this location. Guyana won the men’s draw and Canada the women’s. 27 teams from 17 territories, took part, attracting significant numbers of visitors to our shores, and thousands of internet viewers to the livestreaming of the 84 matches.

{FILE IMAGE: Photo compliments Robin Das Boot-Illischuss} Birkenhead Park FC was formed in 1871, the same year as the Rugby Football Union, and there are only a handful of clubs in the rugby world that have a longer history. It seems particularly fitting that they will be playing against the local Select XV at the Garrison Savannah, which has been officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Their team will play in Barbados as part of a tour that will also take them to Trinidad and Tobago.

So far for 2012, the BRFU has hosted teams from South Wales Police, Curaçao, Guyana, Trinidad, St. Vincent, Yale University and Columbia University. This bodes well for the sport, as well as for sports tourism in Barbados.

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