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Smart Solar TCI donate panels to TCIRFU!

16 June 2022

TCIRFU wants to send a big thank you to the guys at Smart Solar TCI for generously hooking the Rugby Club up with this slick looking solar system at cost! Thank you for supporting the club! This will allow us to run services & AC throughout the day, reducing our bills and enabling us to focus on being a rugby club / charity. Ideal if you are interested in booking the facility for an event.



Junior Rugby Thrives

11 June 2022

The future international talent of the Turks and Caicos Islands continues to shine on the rugby field as Junior Rugby numbers continue to grow. Under the coaching of Nik Hight, Gabby Dunnage, Stanley Haven the future Flamingos have been enjoying their Saturday morning sessions at the Meridian Field. With an emphasis on fun and games the young boys and girls have seen their skills grow as they learn what is for many of them a new sport. Junior rugby will continue with the under 10s age group from 9-10 on Saturday mornings until June 25. No experience is necessary, please send children with a water bottle.

Mudda Siccers Top Turtles of Doom for Tag Rugby Championship

13 May 2022

After a closely fought season between the team in the Turks and Caicos Rugby Football Union Tag League it was appropriate that the final would come down to the closing seconds. Contesting the final was the Unicorns of Doom and the Mudda Sic'ers, having finished the top of the table after league play. The Turtles came out strong in the first half nudging ahead from tries by Venisha Alfreda and Joe Ryan. With only 20 minutes left on their season the Muddas regrouped, lead by Augustin Modeste, trading blows with the Turtles in the second half. With only moments to play Modeste broke through the Turtle defensive line to take the lead for the Muddas and secure the silverware. Following the success of the Spring Tag League the Summer tag league will commence Thursday May 12 at 630pm. New players are always welcome.

TCI Beat Hosts in Nassau Tournament

27 April 2022

The young Turks and Caicos National Sevens team came back with some big wins and a lot of learning from the recent Rugby Americas North Sevens in Nassau Bahamas (April 23-24), the biggest being the upset of the host nation on Day One. After the reshuffling of the playing schedule at the last minute the Flamingos retained their group partners Mexico and the Cayman Islands, together with the addition of the Bahamas. Opening against Mexico, one of the tournament favorites and ultimate 3rd place team, the TCI side put up a valiant effort but we’re overpowered by the semi-professional Mexican team.

Beating The Hosts

Learning from the lessons of their opening match the TCI team came out hot against The Bahamas with Kadis Simmons going over for the first try after a long run down the wing. After the Bahamas clawed a try back Miguel Malcolm split the defenders and bumped his way through for a try. Shortly before halftime Franco Mompremier also muscled over for a try to give the TCI a solid halftime lead. To start the second half Simmons again broke loose setting up the supporting Hendricks Joseph for a try giving the TCI control of the game. The Bahamas were unable to mount a successful comeback as the Flamingos held firm for a 20-19 victory. Facing a Cayman side full of talent recruited from abroad the almost entirely Turks Islander team were unable to compete against Cayman, with a notable highlight being quick thinking by Bobby Moxon who barged over for a try.

Day 2

Day 2 began with a bang as Wesley Chery gave a huge handoff to clear the Belizean defensive line on his way to a try. Turks and Caicos remained in control for the remainder of the game failing to succumb to the Belize kicking game as Kadis Simmons recovered a high kick on his way to another try and debutant Dante Taylor ran the length of the field for a try. The TCI followed the comfortable sun over Belize with a tough game against Guyana against which the TCI side couldn’t overcome the South American side.

Discipline

The last game of the tournament saw the TCI take on the BVI. The TCI side found themselves on the referees whistle as yellow and red cards saw them end the match with just 5 players and a narrow 19-12 loss.

Coach Keith Burant said there was a lot to learn from, especially in the penalty count “at this level the pace of play is so fast that players have to have the fitness to not just catch their opposite number but to jump out of the way swiftly or else the referee will be penalizing you. That is something the guys will become accustomed to. We could see that when the guys came out fired up they could beat The Bahamas and comfortably handle Belize but we need to be able to string together a series of games at that level to be able to compete at the higher level.”


Brian O'Driscoll confirmed for TCIRFU Summer Ball

13 April 2022

Looks like James 'friend of the stars' Hamo has our guest speaker for the dinner lined up - none other than Brian O'Driscoll! Looks like BOD and family will be here from around 24 Jun - 3 Jul. They are staying at Seven Stars (thanks Ken) and the dinner is scheduled be on Sat 2 Jul at Shore Club. Save the date folks!


More info to follow . . . .


TCI Draw Big Guns in 2022 RAN 7s

16 March 2022

Turks and Caicos have been drawn against last years runner up Mexico, the highly rated Cayman Islands as well at St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Rugby Americas North 7S tournament in Nassau. With little over a month until the tournament the Flamingos will seek to improve on their play at the recent RAN 7S in Providenciales. TCIRFU President Keith Burant thought the group stage would provide a good challenge to the developing TCI side. “There is no doubting that this is a tough group. Mexico has recently competed on the professional circuit of the HSBC Sevens tournament and the Cayman Islands are always one of the best drilled sides in the Caribbean with over 40 years of rugby experience. We haven’t seen St Vincent for a few years so we are not sure what to expect from them. Looking at the guys who performed well when we hosted the RAN 7S here there is a great base to continue to grow against better competition. Knowing that the guys have been putting in the time in the weight room and the field they will be better prepared to take their chances against these other international sides.”

Building on Experience

Vice Captain Kadis Simmons said the recent series with Barbados will have helped some of the newer players gain experience. “A lot of the guys are still learning about how to handle these international teams and during the games they continued to improve. This experience is going to help us in Nassau and let us give these other countries a shock.”

RAN 7S

The RAN 7S takes place at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau on April 23-24. 15 men’s nations will compete in a round-robin style format over the two-day event. Day one will see each team play three matches against their pool opponents, with the two top sides qualifying for the Cup quarterfinal on day two. The event serves as the qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa as well as The Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England.


6Nations Round 01 - Be Still My Beating Heart

1 February 2022

The tournament that pits friend against friend, wife against husband, parent against child, workmate against workmate is nearly upon us. No, I don't mean "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" I mean the Fantasy Six Nations tournament. Will Average Bob be able to replicate his winning form of last season? Will Stitch start his march to victory earlier than the last two rounds? Have Angry Joe's chicken bone runes been taken out of storage and dusted down to predict his future selections and successes?

In a changing, turbulent world, you will be happy to know that the entry fee remains the same at US$20.00. Bitcoins, Cryptos and any other form of NFT will also be accepted**. As always, half of the funds raised will go to youth rugby development at the TCI RFU with the other half being split 70/30 between first and second places - although this may change if there is a large number of entrants.

As the Commissioner, I will have sole discretion in this. The woodenspoonist will get their entry fee returned to assuage their shame. If you would like to join please reach any member of the Executive committee through our social media channels (Entrants must live and be in TCI to join).

. . . The Commish

RAN Super 7s in Mexico City postponed until June 2022

12 January 2022

Today, Rugby Americas North, in conjunction with @rugby_mexico, announced that the 2022 RAN Super 7s next month in Mexico City has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Whilst this is a setback for our players, it is the sensible and correct approach in the current climate.

This means our focus goes to the Barbados visit on January 22nd, and making the most out of the coaching and game training available.

The Mexico City Tournament still remains a goal of the TCIRFU and the lads will be fundraising around the clubhouse during the Six Nations period to raise funds to support their travel costs.

The tournament is for Mens & Womens 7s sides. The TCIRFU will explore options to reignite the women's rugby program.

Link to RAN article

Barbados 7s Team Destined for Week Long Training Camp in TCI

4 January 2022

Barbados will arrive in Providenciales on January 22nd 2022 for a week long training camp with the TCI Flamingos thanks to support from Nick Lashley (AirCool). The week long schedule will included intense group sessions with the TCI players who will look to take all that they can from the experience.

For the fans there will be a few feature games towards the end of the week which will showcase all the players as they look to be selected for their National sides in the next RAN 7s tournament in Mexico City which is slated for February 12th 2022. The TCIRFU will updated the calendar on the homepage with the weeks schedule once it is confirmed.

Mudda Sic'ers Win Xmas Tag Tournament

10 December 2021

The Mudda Sic'ers (sponsored by the Atebeyra) won this years Xmas tag tournament in a closely fought contest between the Coast Architects Red Mist which finished 12-8 in favor of the Muddas.

The newest and most populated team in the league have gone from being the bottom of the league in their first tag season at the beginning of 2021, to being crowned champions!

Captain Dave Douglas said that 'even though a few teams failed to show, we deserved to finish at the top of the pile'.

Fighting talk for those who missed out in this years competition!

Michael Williams Takes Charge of Turks & Caicos Youth Rugby Program

24 November 2021

The Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union (TCIRFU) held its AGM on Wednesday November 23rd with one of the highlights being the election of Michael Williams at the TCIRFU Youth Development Officer.

Williams, a graduate of the TCIRFU junior rugby program himself, was excited to pass on his knowledge of rugby and continue to promote the sport in the Turks and Caicos, with the assistance of fellow players, Hendricks Joseph and Wesley Chery.

Other appointments were filled through the re-election of Keith Burant as President, Simon Taylor as Director of Rugby, Andrea Butler and Lisa French as Social Secretaries, Gareth Butler as Treasurer and Nik Hight as Secretary.

The TCIRFU thanked outgoing Public Relations Office Tom Greenfield as he stepped down and Sean O’Neill took on the position. For matters on the rugby field Bobby Moxon (Top Right) was re-elected as Captain and Kadis Simmons (Bottom Right) as Vice Captain. Director of Rugby Simon Taylor said that the TCIRFU has a lot to look forward to in 2022 and to build off the success of the Rugby Americas North Sevens Tournament that took place in October 2021. The men’s seven squad would continue to build towards the upcoming RAN event in Mexico City while there was hope that fifteen a side international competition would return in 2022 after a two year hiatus.

On the women’s side Cesca Pierce was elected as Women’s officer and was eager to reignite interest in the women’s game in 2022 as well.

Captains Past And Present Run Chicago Marathon For Charity

22 October 2021

HALF of the funds raised by current Men’s International Captain Bobby Moxon and former Women’s International Captain Claire McAvinchey will go towards the Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union (TCIRFU).

According to Moxon, the $4600 would help to reignite the youth programme.

“All the first team players who went through the youth programme now have no one behind them following up, so there is a need to fill the gap.”

Moxon and McAvinchey raised some $9,200 via a fund raiser stemming from them competing at the Chicago Marathon last month.

The other $4,600 will go towards covering the Orchard TCI for their Christmas food drive this year.

Overall Moxon called the event “great” and said that both he and Claire were honored to have been able to contribute to the initiatives.

Jamaica Crowned FIREMINDS RAN 7’S Champions As Rugby Emerges Victorious In The First International Event Post Pandemic

17 October 2021 - AUTHOR CONOR MCGOWAN, CCO, FIREMINDS

Rugby is all about people – the special bond between players, coaches, spectators and most importantly the rugby community. As we emerge from the pandemic, events like the Fireminds RAN 7s remind us of how important community gatherings are and how exciting it is to reconnect with our international counterparts and friends.

We would like to thank Rugby Americas North and the Turks and Caicos RFU for their passion, dedication, expertise, and innovation in organizing this terrific rugby spectacle; they share our vision in connecting this region and growing the sport. At Fireminds, we value long term relationships with our customers and partners, offering support and service throughout their technological evolution. Together we will share our passion for rugby, our values and engage with new rugby enthusiasts in this region.

We would like to congratulate Jamaica on playing some tantalizing rugby in a dominant display going unbeaten over the two days to become Fireminds RAN7s champions. For all the teams competing in the tournament, there was an emphasis on youth playing exciting fast rugby mixed in with some seasoned older heads using every trick in the book to find an advantage for their team. There were some truly epic duels, Bermuda vs Barbados was a titanic battle. Guyana (The green machine) scored some outrageous long range tries and Jamaica and Mexico’s class and guile was matched by the emerging talent in Curacao and Belize that showed that they deserve their place at the table. BVI showed immense grit and the hosts Turks & Caicos gave the buoyant home crowd a lot to cheer on!

Rugby as ever, captivates audiences across our region. The appeal of the game, coupled with the community spirit that only exists in our region is the reason Fireminds decided to partner with Rugby Americas North on this flagship competition, celebration of the sport and the reemergence of the game post the pandemic restrictions. As 2021 draws to a close, we hope the pandemic truly subsides in our region and events like this weekend can happen at full capacity with no restrictions and that we can see the women’s and youth teams rejoin the circuit.

Thank you to everyone associated with the Fireminds RAN7s and congratulations to the champions Jamaica, runners up Mexico, third place Barbados and Shield champions Curacao. Fireminds is already in talks with the home nations and Rugby Americas North on upcoming and future events as this amazing sport flourishes in our region!