Thirty domestic rugby players hoping to make the cut for the Cayman Islands National VIIs team got in some work over the weekend as Cayman hosted the University of Michigan’s club rugby team.
Cayman’s players were divided into three teams for a round-robin tournament. Cayman won all three matches on the day and now looks forward to a sevens tournament in Las Vegas, after which the final national team will be selected.
While it was an important time for Cayman to prepare, the visiting Wolverines also found it beneficial both in terms of rugby and the weather.
“(Having) rugby nation influence down here you’re going to run into better talent,” University of Michigan Head Coach Brandon Sparks said. “Obviously us being collegiate – -so under 22 all the way to 18 — playing against men’s teams is always beneficial to us. So the competition, the quality of competition is what brought us here.”
The visitors didn’t have much time to acclimated to Cayman before taking the field.
“We’ve been here for a total of five hours right now,” Sparks said Saturday (27 February) afternoon. “So we’re enjoying our time. We were going get the boys some lunch before our tournament — before the round-robin — but regardless we’re… where we came from there was 18 inches of snow last night. So definitely we’re happy to be down here.”
Up next, Cayman’s XVs team will take on the Wolverines on 5 March.