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Conyers Dill & Pearman will host the second annual Conyers Rugby Youth Challenge Cup this weekend in the Cayman Islands, which will see a group of young players fly from Bermuda to play against Cayman in the international rugby tournament. The tournament will be arguably the biggest day of international test match rugby ever held on Cayman soil, and is a season highlight for the top players from each country. It will be aired live at www.caymanrugby.com.
On 1 May, there will be mini-tournaments involving Cayman and Bermudian players. On 2 May, Bermuda will face Cayman in four Youth Internationals (U10, U12, U14, U16) which will be followed by a Men’s Full International test match where Bermuda will play Cayman in a full International Rugby Board sanctioned Test match.
This match holds special significance for both countries as Cayman, Jamaica and Bermuda were recently drawn in the same pool for the upcoming North American and Caribbean Regional Championships which will be held between November 2010-March 2011.
The Conyers Rugby Youth Challenge Cup is played according to Continuum Rules as posted in the Rugby Football Union for the U10 and U12 age groups, as well as full International Rugby Board Age grade rules for the U14 and U16 age groups. The country that has the best overall record of match wins and losses wins the Conyers Youth Challenge Cup. In 2009, Bermuda won the Cup. This year, the Cup has been expanded to include an U16 age group.
The Conyers Rugby Youth Challenge Cup provides young players from both countries with the opportunity to compete at an international level and promotes the ideals of friendship, enjoyment and fellowship through international youth competition. Bermuda’s mini-rugby program has continued to grow and is committed to developing Bermuda’s youth into better sportsmen and, through the Conyers Youth Challenge Cup, international ambassadors.
This article originally appeared in the Cayman News Service