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Rugby kids as young as nine will soon get another chance to earn themselves full international status.
The second annual Conyers Youth Challenge Cup takes place at the South Sound Rugby Ground over the weekend of 1-2 May.
Conyers are the official title sponsor of the Conyers Youth Challenge Cup between primary school and high school sides from Cayman and Bermuda.
The objective of the tournament is to develop youth players internationally in both countries and to promote the ideals of friendship, enjoyment and fellowship through international youth competition.
The tournament is played according to continuum rules as posted in the Rugby Football Union for the under ten and 12 age groups, as well as full International Rugby Board age grade rules for the under 14-16 age groups.
The country that has the best overall record of match wins and losses wins the Conyers Youth Challenge Cup.
The first tournament was held in Bermuda last April at the under ten, under 12 and under 14 age grades.
Bermuda won the U10 and U12 matches with Cayman winning the U14 match.
Bermuda won the 2009 Conyers Youth Challenge Cup. The official tournament sponsors are Conyers and part sponsors are Pestkil, Cayman Trust, MCS, Butterfield, RE/MAX and Mourant & Maples.
There will be warm up matches and mini tournaments starting at 8am on Saturday 1 May involving all of the children in the Cayman Maples Community Rugby programme and all the travelling players from Bermuda.
At 1pm the Cayman players and families will host the Bermuda players for a beach barbeque and get together at Seven Mile Public Beach.
The next day there will be four youth internationals in the morning:
The men’s international will start at 4:30pm on the Sunday in a 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 to be held from November through to March 2011.
The game will be the first international test for new national team coach Brad Cowdroy. While Brad will has only a limited amount of players to select from – due to many of the top Cayman players currently away at university and being involved in exams – Cayman are expected to show well in this game.
This article originally appeared in the Cayman Compass.