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Rugby union in Guernsey

Rugby union in the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a popular sport. Outside the island of Guernsey itself, it is occasionally played in Alderney and Sark. Sark has its own rugby team, although it regularly has to pick up "guest" players to make up its numbers.[1] It has no national competitive side of its own, and is not affiliated to the IRB in its own right. For this reason, it has no IRB ranking.

Governing body

Rugby is played in Guernsey under the auspices of the (English) Rugby Football Union.

History

Due to its proximity to the major rugby nations England and France, Guernsey rugby is amongst the oldest in the world, dating back to the mid 19th century. A number of schools play the sport, especially the private ones, such as Elizabeth College.[2]

Guernsey RFC was founded in 1928 [3] and competes in the English leagues.

There is only one other club in Guernsey, St. Jacques RUFC, which was founded in 1978. St Jacques currently compete in the Jersey Rugby Association (JRA) league[4] along with the Guernsey 2nd XV.[3] St Jacques home ground is the King George V (KGV) playing fields. The team trains pre-season at various parks around the island. During the season the team trains at the KGV every Tuesday and Thursday from 1815. Current coaches are Jon Bell, Rob Box and Matthew Chammings. Current captain is Sam Crawford (standing in for Brett Remfrey due to injury)

The Siam Cup is an annual Rugby Union competition held between Jersey RFC and Guernsey RFC. It was first contested in 1920.[5] The trophy awarded its winner is the second oldest rugby honour contested after the Calcutta Cup.[6]

Development of the sport is limited due to the practicalities of small islands; Guernsey's national population is under 80,000. The main sport is association football.

Broadcast media

Guernsey has no television of its own (the ITV variant Channel Television sometimes includes rugby news) but does have its own radio stations. British and French television can both be received in the islands, and often include extensive rugby coverage - such as the Rugby World Cup and Six Nations Championship.

See also

External links

  • http://www.grufc.co.uk/
  • Guernsey Rugby Academy
  • Guernsey Touch
  • Guernsey vs Jersey
  • http://www.ogier.com/AboutUs/Action/Sport/Pages/GuernseyRugbyAcademy.aspx
  • http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2009/02/26/rugby-official-swore-but-was-not-disorderly/
  • BBC's Guernsey Sports page
  • Sylvans RFC

References


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