BVI foward, Patrick Dennis avoids a tackle to score his first of three tries against Washington State University on Monday, March 12.
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National rugby players look to shake off the quiescence from the Christmas holidays when they travel to St. Thomas on Saturday, January 12 for a a 15-a-side derby game. The visit is one of four games the national squad will participate in during the next two months.
According to the BVI Rugby Football Union (BVIRFU), the team to St. Thomas will be without it's more experienced players and unfortunately, several key players will be left in Tortola due to a number of issues.
Coach Sherlock 'Solo' Soloman is still confident that the BVI will perform well away from home and defeat the newly formed St. Thomas team.
He noted that St. Thomas has several ex-college footballers who whilst being new to the Rugby Union, will provide a very physical test for the BVI.
The game is also useful preparation for the national team which plays away to St. Lucia on Saturday, January 26 in the NACRA Caribbean Championships.
Victory in St. Lucia would see either St. Vincent or Curacao visiting Tortola towards the end of February for the next round of the competition.
In a further boost to the rugby program, BVIRFU Chairman, Ronan Kuczaj announced that the Ivy League Princeton University will be visiting the BVI for their annual tour and will play a game against the BVI on Saturday, February 16 at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.
Kuczaj stated, "We look forward to welcoming the young fresh faced Princeton boys to these beautiful islands. This said, we are confident that our pace and power will teach the school kids a few hard lessons about Caribbean rugby".
The Chairman stated that men's training continues at 5:15 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds and Coach Solomon is resuming his school programs from next week.