Rugby Barbados plans return to play
After two years of near total lockdown, the island’s rugby governing body is working in conjunction with World Rugby and Rugby Americas North (RAN) to ensure a safe, measured approach to full rugby activity once more.
At a planning meeting held earlier this month at the clubhouse on the historic Garrison Savannah, President Donovan Bagwell and Vice President Kevyn Murrell invited the gathered affiliates to focus on ball handling, touch, strength and fitness as a means of getting players back to a good standard of play.
The goal, according to the Executive Committee, is to have a full domestic league with regular matches as soon as safely possibly. The target date for restart is provisionally set for early August. The Steering Committee selected to expedite the restart comprises Donovan Bagwell, Kevyn Murrell, George Nicholson (President of RAN) and Danielle Phillips (Director of Women’s Rugby).
George Nicholson also made a presentation to the gathering about a new form of non-contact rugby, TagX International, created by a software company which is leveraging technology to provide a new source of income to unions and clubs via an innovative and inclusive variation on traditional formats. There was a great deal of interest from the clubs in this new form of the game.
The Bajan Pride women are deep in training (following all COVID-19 protocols) preparing for the upcoming Carnival 7s Tournament, taking place in St. Lucia July 31st to August 1st, 2022. They are hosting various Rugby Social activities to raise funds and raise awareness of rugby in Barbados.