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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby TheStroBro » Sun, 01 Dec 2019, 18:45

Thomas wrote:To the American cousins in this forum.
Does anyone know about Borderland United Rugby Club?

A recent press release states they are fully professional and is made up of players from Ciudad Juarez and across the border in El Paso.

The club will be playing against US and Mexico teams. Any additional information?


Can you link the press release? Supposedly they're playing the El Paso Scorpions next week per their facebook (On the USA Rugby public roster they only have two members for this season). I don't know how they could be fully professional especially in that area. I spent three years playing Rugby in El Paso with both the Scorpions and the Bliss Warriors. Senior Rugby in the Rio Grande Rugby Union is in a rough place, at one point we had 8 teams. There are now 4. Borderland United says they have players from the US side of the border, that has to be a PITA to get to training.

Last year UTEP and The Scorpions played a friendly against another Juarez club, I think it was the Guerreros. Rugby in the Borderland is in such a weird place right now, it has had a long Senior presence but that is falling apart. But the youth scene is rapidly expanding, there's now a girls program in EP. UTEP Men have been very stable since restarting the program. This is the first season for UTEP women.

Border is a club playing in the Northeast Division of the 15s Comp in Mexico.

ETA: It was Los Gallos, not Los Guerreros.

Working Class Rugger wrote:
I think from memory StroBro mentioned either here or on r/mlr that the Legion are working with a Mexican group in some capacity that are looking at MLR in the future. But from memory that's based around Tijuana. This group is more Texan oriented.


Currently Los Xolos (The Soccer Club) are working with SD Legion to expand youth rugby in San Diego and in Tijuana. They're also very interested in MLR, or at least were. But the overt partnership with SD last season was something new to me.
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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby Thomas » Sun, 01 Dec 2019, 20:22


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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby TheStroBro » Mon, 02 Dec 2019, 01:33

Thanks. I have no idea why it's saying they're playing "professional" rugby. I noticed a bunch of former teammates on that list, it sounds like Los Gallos and Scorpions merged...gosh that's gonna be painful. Travel in that division is just as bad as the RGRU. Scorpions were a Division 3 club.

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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby mcruic » Wed, 22 Jan 2020, 22:43

victorsra wrote:Does it mean Bermuda vs Cayman for a Americas Challenge spot?


Did anyone ever answer this question?

Last year, the play-off was in February, can we expect a Bermuda v Cayman Islands match next month?
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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby Canalina » Wed, 05 Feb 2020, 13:01

If someone of the forum american members is interested...

https://rugbyamericasnorth.com/rugby-am ... rytellers/

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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby mcruic » Thu, 27 Feb 2020, 11:29

For 2020:

RAN XVs North:
Cayman Islands
Bermuda
Winner Jamaica/Bahamas

RAN XVs South
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Winners of RAN XVs North/South play-off will play in the 2020 Americas Challenge.
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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby victorsra » Thu, 27 Feb 2020, 18:33

This means no space for Peru, Venezuela or Costa Rica in the Challenge... Realy bizarre...
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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby mcruic » Fri, 28 Feb 2020, 10:13

I believe they want to have 2 South American and 2 North American teams in the Americas Challenge. If either Colombia or Paraguay finished 4th in the challenge (which seems very unlikely), they might have a promotion/relegation match involving a South American team.

So, it should be Cayman, Bermuda or Trinidad & Tobago in the Americas Challenge this year.

Caymans said they were still trying to work out dates for the match against Bermuda, but it should be 20th June. As for the other match (against the winner of Jamaica/Bahamas), this date has not been decided. Jamaica v Bahamas itself should be held sometime before June, but I don't know when...

No news at all about the composition of the South Group, or of any lower groups. Trinidad & Tobago did not play last year, but I believe they will play this year - but will they have to start from the bottom?

Possible lineup for 2020:

NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP
Cayman Islands
Bermuda
Winner Jamaica/Bahamas

NORTH CUP
Loser Jamaica/Bahamas
Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI play BVI on 21st March at home)
Dominican Republic
British Virgin Islands

SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP
Guadeloupe
Guyana
Winner Trinidad & Tobago/Martinique

SOUTH CUP
Loser Trinidad & Tobago/Martinique
Barbados
Curaçao

UNKNOWN
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
French Guiana
Belize
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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby victorsra » Fri, 28 Feb 2020, 11:34

But isn't the 2020 Challenge a RWC Qualy tournament?
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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby Canalina » Tue, 21 Apr 2020, 06:28

All the 2020 XV RAN games (RWC qualifiers) have been postponed to 2021
RAN 7s remains at the moment fixed for november, but waiting for updates and for a still not known venue

https://rugbyamericasnorth.com/ran-inte ... -pandemic/

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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby victorsra » Wed, 29 Apr 2020, 20:29

http://www.granma.cu/cuba-covid-19/2020 ... extranjera

COVID-19 made Cuban rugby to suspend a Copa Amistad Cuba-Australia (Friendship Cup Cuba-Australia). I wonder what would it be, but interesting.
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Re: North American & Caribbean Rugby (NACRA)

Postby Canalina » Tue, 26 May 2020, 09:03

Usa South should have played a test in Colombia in July, but the pandemic cancelled the tour. The test is anyway not abandoned, the two federations await for more favorable times
Source of the news is the Usa South fb page

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