Cayman 27 – ARCHIVE

Rugby: Cayman gets Americas Challenge tune up versus USA South

The Cayman Islands national senior men’s XVs got a dress rehearsal for the Tier II Americas Rugby Challenge Saturday (10 August) in a 51-33 loss to the USA South Panthers at the South Sound Rugby Club.

Trailing 27-6 at half, Head Coach Jovan Bowles – who has now taken over for former coach Garry Southway, who has temporarily stepped down due to work-related commitments – says there were three major takeaways from the lively exhibition that featured just eight members of the team that defeated Guyana in the Regional Qualifiers.

“It was a good showing for what kind of depth we’re trying to create, and we are super appreciative of USA South coming through,” said Bowles. “I think there are three things we need to work on: Better decision making when it comes to the game, better work ethic when it comes to defense, and ensuring we are playing on the right places on the field.”

The Senior Men’s XVs are set to take the field in Medellin next Sunday, 25th August versus host Colombia, followed by a second game Wednesday, 27th August versus Paraguay, and a final game Saturday, 31 August versus fellow Americas representative Mexico.

The top three teams from the Americas Rugby Challenge will compete again next year, while the bottom team will re-enter either the Americas or Sudamerica regional qualifier in aims of gaining entry in 2020.

Bowles says the programme used the game as a means of giving many senior team hopefuls a first chance at in-game action in order to help determine their final roster next week.

“This was first-hand experience for a lot of players with live physical contact, live breakdowns and live decision making,” said Bowles. “That was needed. Our young guys were learning a lot as the game went on. Coming away from the half three tries down, if you take out the conversions and penalties. The first time tackling was an issue, the decision-making on the tackles was also a problem, and just not having played rugby for a while, the boys were getting used to the intensity of the game. They have to work a little bit harder on the corner defensively.”

“We can’t complain about that having given 14 players an opportunity to play for the first time for the Cayman senior rugby,” he said.

Roster for Americas Rugby Challenge

1. Jonny Gibson
2. Peter De Vere
3. Duane Ebanks
4. Jazeb Jones
5. Micheal Crothers
6. Ernest Bennett
7. Shane Cusack
8. Chris Kennedy (C)
9. Dylan Bostock
10. Paul Westin
11. Shane Westin
12. Ranald Henderson
13. Ben Blair
14. Hugo Tyson
15. Cam Bridgeman
1. Clive O’Mahony
2. Iain Currie
3. Morgan Hayward
4. Justin Wight
5. Gearoid Magner
6. Eddie Westin
7. Cam Galloway
8. Killian Everard
9. Avery Ebanks
10. Theo Edmans
11. Danny Link
12. Andy Spilsbury
13. Darien Montague

Head Coach: Jovan Scott Bowles
Assistant Coach: Ólan Daly
Physio: Dwain McGuinness
Manager: Rhian Minty


(Photo: Cayman Rugby)

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or

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