The Bermuda Rugby Football Union [BFRU] announced that a 35-man High School Select Squad will be traveling to Washington DC to play four games this weekend.
In a first for this age group, Bermuda will be taking two teams to play against DC Youth Rugby and Maryland Exiles. The first two games will be held on Friday May 31st, and the final two games will be held on Sunday June 3rd, which will take place on the National Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument.
Sean Field-Lament, BRFU President, said he was “delighted that Rugby in this age group has grown to a level where 35 U18s have the chance to represent their country abroad, it is a testament to the superb work that is taking place within Youth Rugby program and Beyond Rugby have done to help grow the game on island.”
Bermuda Youth Rugby are using this tour as an opportunity to develop players for the Caribbean U19 Championships in 2019. Bermuda finished fourth in 2017, their best finish since big hitters USA South and Mexico entered the tournament.
However, Head Coach Dan Roberts has higher ambitions, saying that “winning the U19 Championships by 2020 is our goal and if the current squad continues to show the same commitment and work rate that they have shown this season, then this goal will quickly become reality.”
Patrick Calow, Youth Development Officer, added that “these tours are incredibly important as they provide an opportunity for our players to test themselves against the best teams in other countries – we’re really excited to see how this large group gets on! This wouldn’t be feasible without the incredible support of our sponsors, Aspen and MS Amlin.”
The traveling squad includes Tyler Kendall, Cairi Albuoy, Alex Whalley, Shane Richards, George Hilton-Peets, Nadre Ahknaton-Tuzo, Anaya Smith, Kaleyo James, Sylas Young, Tommy Westhead, Andre Woolery, Nathaniel Simmons, Alex Doyling, Jak Froud, Zyun Smith, Miguel Postlethwaite, Devin Augustus, Zaire Williams, Dariyon Davis, Isaiah Cabral, Dakari Grant, Paulo Sousa, Okari Wiliams, Jayden Clarke, Connor Somerville, Jake Field, Jayden King, Ben Crayford, Leo Harris, Skye White, Moses Simmons, Justin Broughton, Ja’kee Simons, D’Zuri Gill, Deontae Armstrong, Head Coach Daniel Roberts, Assistant Coach Patrick Calow, Assistant Coach Aldo Campbell and Team Manager Scott Devine.