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Reggae Warriors to host USA Hawks

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:20 AM
Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors in action against the USA Hawks during their Rugby Americas North Championship game on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors in action against the USA Hawks during their Rugby Americas North Championship game on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

History will be made when Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors play their first-ever home international rugby game against USA at the Mona Bowl in Kingston on June 22 at 3:30 p.m.

The game is seen as an escalation of one of international rugby league’s burgeoning rivalries.

In their previous meeting in Florida last November, the Reggae Warriors won 16-10 to claim a place in the 2021 World Cup, with the Hawks now consigned to a repêchage at the end of this year. The match will be part of the sport’s mid-year international weekend.

“It is a groundbreaking moment for us, and we look forward to hosting the USA after eight consecutive matches between our countries over there going back to 2009,” Jamaica’s director of rugby and national head coach, Romeo Monteith, said. “It is the start of our preparations for the World Cup in 2021 and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sport in front of our fans and partners. This is a major moment for the JRLA (Jamaica Rugby League Association).”

Jamaica have previously played home matches against Canada in 2017 and the British Amateur Rugby League Association tourists.

MAKING UP GROUND

USA Hawks head coach Sean Rutgerson said, “I’m happy for my players to have a get-square on their minds, and many will have ground to make up as I look at my squad to play in the next round of qualifiers. Of late, we’ve only been to Canada or playing at home, so it’s good for us to get out and experience something completely different.”

The Hawks expect to arrive in the Jamaican capital the day before the game, and both sides appear to be made up completely of domestic players.

The USA and Jamaica will also play in the inaugural Americas 9s at Lamport Stadium, Toronto, Canada, on May 18.