Richard “Grizz” Adams is leaving the Cayman Rugby Football Union.
His last day of employment with the CRFU is 30 April and he says he’s on leave until then.
Adams spent roughly 16 years at the helm of Cayman Islands rugby. During his tenure, Cayman became a regional power and continued to advance further in the NACRA regional championship. Cayman’s Under-19 squad won the regional title five times under Adams and his career in Cayman culminated this year with a trip to the prestigious Hong Kong 7s tournament, where Cayman became the 58th country ever to compete.
“Where we are now is a massive testament to the work that Grizz has done,” Cayman Islands National XVs Captain Chris Kennedy said. “Certainly we probably wouldn’t be sitting here at a press conference with the level of interest that there is in Cayman rugby now if it weren’t for what he’s done over the past 15 years. Certainly he’ll be missed and we owe him a massive debt of gratitude as players and as a club.”
Mr. Adams’ departure was not a surprise. The Rugby Union has tweaked its administrative structure and in 2015 CRFU President Derek Haines said 2016 would be Mr. Adams’ last in his role.
Adams tells Cayman 27 he plans to start an athletic consulting business in Cayman and help out with rugby as well as all sports across the country.
South African Phil Pretorius has been brought on to take the helm going forward.