BVI face NACRA Promotion battle with Barbados

on Friday, 06 November 2015. Posted in Rugby

BVI face NACRA Promotion battle with Barbados

The BVI senior Men’s rugby team play Barbados on Saturday afternoon in a North American and Caribbean Rugby Association promotion / relegation clash on the A.O. Shirley Ground, starting at 3pm.

Head Coach, Sherlock “Solo” Sam Solomon has been working with the squad over the last few months and despite being the first competitive game in a while, is confidant of a positive result with his squad which contains several U19 players

“The availability of players has been good and we were able to bring back several players who are now based off island. We are looking forward to the game and deserve the chance to progress. Half of the team is Under 19 and they have been putting in a lot of work. Going forward if we win, we get to play against Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana”

The Bajans will be a tough opposition and the last time the two teams met Barbados ran out winners with some late scores.

“This time will be different” stated Solomon “we are going for a win at all costs, the Bajans are a tough bunch, but we have been getting our forwards to understand they have to do more work and then our backline will finish off the job”

Some of the youngsters to look out for will be Austin Kiel, Victor Ampro, Noel Maxwell, Rory Thornton and Shamori Spencer “They are all a good bunch though” commented Solomon “it will be a good day of Rugby and I hope the crowd will come out and get behind us”

The full squad is: Fedreco Zicari, Roan Thornton, Andre Adams, Vivien Harry, Andrew Simmonds, Rory Thornton, Tom Chapman, Austin Kiel, Shamori Spencer, Noel Maxwell, Victor Ampro, Kenrick Rena, Colin Macdonald, Joseph Smith, Garrett Gardine, Robert Christie, Ade Haffner, Tom Wilson, Matt Holmes, Akeem Ettiene, Eugene Maduro, Adrian Bell O’Niel, Damien Brown, Donovan Staples, Luke Plummer, Richard Parchment, William Corea and Mahmoud Ashad

SDA are Primary School Rugby Champions

on Saturday, 07 February 2015. Posted in Rugby

SDA are Primary School Rugby Champions

The Seven Day Adventist Primary School were crowned Touch Rugby Champions on Friday after they overcame a tenacious Enis Adams Primary School team, 4-0, in the Final of the BVI Rugby Union Tournament played on the Old Recreation Ground on Friday

Eight Schools turned up to vie for the Championship from Morning until early Afternoon under a blistering sun at the venue, more well known for its Softball, but turned into a Mecca of Touch Rugby for the day.

The match of the day in Group A saw Cedar A squeeze past Leonora Delville, 5-4, but wins for Enis Adams against Cedar, 2-0 and a pair of draws against Leonora Delville (2-2) and Ivan Dawson Primary (3-3) saw them reach the final.

Other results in the group included a 1-0 win for LDPS against Ivan Dawson, a 5-0 win for Cedar over IDPS.

In Group B, SDA beat Cedar B, 1-0, Ebenezer Thomas Primary beat Francis Lettsome Primary, 2-0, SDA beat FLPS, 1-0, ETPS drew with Cedar, 2-2, SDA sneaked past ETPS, 3-2 and FLPS beat Cedar 2-0.

In the match for third and fourth, Cedar beat ETPS, 3-1.

“The Seven Day Adventist School worked really hard and played good team Rugby” commented BVI Rugby Union Development Officer, Sherlock “Solo” Solomon. “They were unbeaten in the Tournament and thoroughly deserved their win”

Solomon was also please to see that two new teams were contesting the Final after Cedar International had dominated over the past couple of years “We had maximum participation today and with two new teams playing for the Championship, it just goes to show all the schools are getting more competitive and learning the game. Most of the games were closely contested and highly competitive”

Debutant BVI well beaten by Turks in NACRA U19 Rugby

on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. Posted in Rugby

Debutant BVI well beaten by Turks in NACRA U19 Rugby

The Turks and Caicos opened its 2014 NACRA U19 tournament with a comprehensive 34 - 14 win over the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

Turks quickly built a 19-6 lead by half time and it seemed the debutants to the competition might be in for a one sided struggle. But that is what a ten minute break and time with your coach is for.

The British Virgin Islands showed then sprang to life, scoring a second half try and getting some clutch kicking from Captain Rory Thorton to pull within five at 19-14, but then three late tries put the match out of reach for the first year BVI.

Next up for Turk and Caicos is is the Trinidad and Tobago Selects while the British Virgin Islands face the prospect of a physical Bermuda, both games taking place Today.

Welsh Rugby Legend gives Youngsters pointers

on Friday, 27 June 2014. Posted in Rugby

Welsh Rugby Legend gives Youngsters pointers

 Welsh Rugby Legend, Johnathon Davies, is in the Territory for a few days as a guest of the BVI Rugby Union and took time out on Thursday to assist Coach Sam “Solo” Solomon as he prepares the U19 team for a Tournament to be held in Trinidad later this summer.

Jonathan Davies is a retired dual-code rugby player, who represented Wales in both rugby union and rugby league . A goal-kicking backline player, he played his club rugby in Wales, England and Australia. Davies has since become a television rugby football commentator and media personality, in both the Welsh and English languages.

“I’m having a great time here. It’s my first visit, the hospitality is amazing, it’s a beautiful country and I’m enjoying seeing a lot of it. To see the young kids playing what is an alien game to them, to see them enjoying playing and especially the contact. Mention tackling and the reaction is incredible, they all love it! All I tried to do today was pass on some basics, tackle, get your head in the right position, take a pass and give a pass at the right time and just enjoy it.”

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Coach “Solo” was happy for the help from such a great player and is also full of confidence ahead of the trip to Trinidad “Davies spent about an hour with the guys passing on some basic skills and made some very important points which the boys all appreciated and learnt from. We can practice all we want, but time has to come when we need to see how we can do against other Islands. Many of the team will be making a competitive debut at a higher level, but we have got them up ready mentally and physically for the challenge and they are all looking forward to it”


Age 17, Davies left school and became an apprentice painter and decorator. After developing at Trimsaran RFC, he was given a trial with Llanelli but was rejected. Neath gave him another chance and he signed with them in 1982, selected to play at fly-half. After 35 games for Neath he was selected to play for Wales, against England at the Cardiff Arms Park. After scoring a try and a drop goal, Davies was named Man of the Match in the Welsh victory.

Jonathan was made captain at Neath before being transferred to Llanelli. In 1988 he played a very important part in the Triple Crown success for Wales and between 1985 and 1997 he won 37 rugby union caps.

Disagreeing with a lack of discipline within Welsh Rugby and getting frustrated with his views on the state of the game being ignored Davies controversially decided for the best interests of his family to move to the rugby league team Widnes, who signed him for a record fee of £230,000.

Davies started in Rugby League with much anticipation, and took time to adjust to the differing sport and its rules. As he learned the game and tried to bulk up, during the 1989–90 Rugby Football League season, he played for defending champions Widnes at centre in their 1989 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Canberra Raiders. In 1991 he took on a further challenge when he spent the summer in Sydney playing for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

After Widnes got into financial difficulties, in 1993 he moved to their local rivals Warrington. During his time in rugby league he represented both Great Britain and Wales, memorably scoring the lone try in Great Britain's last defeat of the Kangaroos at the old Wembley in 1994. He was also named player of the 1993-94 season, winning the RFL's Man of Steel Award.

Davies' final rugby league match was as captain of Wales against England in the 1995 World Cup Semi-final at Old Trafford, which Wales lost 25-10. Playing at Five-eighth, Davies kicked 3 goals for Wales taking his total score for Wales to 21 points (10 goals, 1 field goal), all scored in the 1995 World Cup.

Curacoa overcome BVI in NACRA Championship

on Monday, 23 June 2014. Posted in Rugby

Curacoa overcome BVI in NACRA Championship


In the final round of the South Zone Cup League Curacao and St Lucia came away with bonus point victories which allowed the two teams to finish 1-2 in the four team pool.

Curtleyson Martis struck for three tries including two first half efforts while fullback Tjakko Breuer had a brace as Curacao rolled over the British Virgin Islands 42-12 to take top spot in the South Zone Cup League title on Saturday. Thomas Chapman and Rory Thorton responded with second half tries for the BVI with Thorton converting his own effort.

St Lucia got a pair of tries from Lenford Eugene with solos from Ervin Joseph and Imran Williams, along with three Colvis Samuels conversions to win 26-22 over St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Kicking was the difference as St Vincent got two bonus points in the loss as Philip Alvis got two tries along with five pointers from Justin Joyles and George Kruger. Alvis only hit for one conversion from four attempts as St Vincent lost by less than 7 points and scored four tries. St Lucia finished 2nd in the South Zone Cup League with 6 points in the table and a 2-1 record while St Vincent, with a 1-2 record, ended with 5 points in the table including 3 bonus points.

As a result of this round  Curacao will take on the third place finisher in the South Championship League, which is 0-2 Barbados, while Bermuda (0-2) will take on Mexico in the other relegation promotion match. These games are scheduled to take place in September at the respective top place finisher’s home field.

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