South African Phil Pretorius is slated to replace Richard Adams as Cayman’s top rugby coach.
Pretorius has roughly 20 years of professional rugby coaching experience, including stints with the Bulls in South Africa and leading Tonga’s team into the Rugby World Cup.
He’ll get his first shot leading Cayman into competition next month when Cayman’s National XVs squad opens the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) championships.
Cayman will host its first two games, nicknamed the Security Centre Big Game 6 and 7.
The opener is slated for 21 May versus the Bahamas at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Cayman hosts Bermuda in the next game on 18 June.
Pretorius said there’s no reason Cayman can’t compete for the regional crown.
“I think that we’ve got a very talented group,” said Pretorius, who arrived in Cayman in January. “It’s a very experienced group but it’s a very talented group. So in all I would like to think that we should cut out the ceiling above our heads. Whenever we go on the international stage, I don’t think small means anything. Small is no excuse for anything. I think we should aspire to be the best that we can be.”
Cayman in 2015 advanced to the NACRA semifinals for just the second time in club history.