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Bermuda youth rugby teams head to Bahamas

Ruck and maul: Bermuda's young players are heading to Bahamas to compete in a regional rugby tournament this week

Three Bermuda youth teams will compete in the Junior Rugby Festival, which starts in Freeport, Bahamas, this week.

The Bermuda under-10, under-12 and under-14 sides will take on Bahamas, Cayman Islands, New Providence and Key Biscayne at the tournament, now in its seventh year. Bermuda have competed in four of those tournaments.

More than 400 players are participating in the two-day competition, with Bermuda sending a squad of 50 youngsters.

Sean Field-Lament, the Bermuda Rugby Football Union president, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see so many of our youth travelling to Bahamas to take part in this international tournament.

“It is an absolute privilege to be able to represent Bermuda and I know each player has put in a lot of work to make the team. I’m certain that they will represent Bermuda very well.”

Patrick Callow, the BRFU youth development officer, said Bermuda’s squad was made up of boys from the five schools that compete in the Digicel Middle School League.

“It’s great to see so many of the young players involved in the under-10s, under-12s and under-14 teams,” Callow said.

“Many of whom have developed from the middle school league to representing Bermuda on the international stage.

“We have a few players in the under-14 squad who have experience of this tournament from last year. We know that the competition will be tough but we’re really excited to get stuck in.

“A big thank you to all of the coaches and parents/family who have supported the group to make this tour possible.

“I would especially like to thank all the various sponsors who have helped us make their tour possible. We’d particularly like to thank the Green Family for their generous donation and support.”