Jamaica is known for its
world-class sprinters and its Cinderella
story bobsled team. But recently, the
growth in rugby has shown some
unexpected results. In 2017, Jamaica
rugby sevens became the first Caribbean
nation to make it to the Rugby Sevens World Cup. Today, I’m here in Kingston to
discover how their passion has taken them to the world stage. Hey, guys.
My name is Georgia Page. I’m a Rugby Sevens
players, and you might recognize me
from the viral clip of me breaking my nose. I’m here in Jamaica to talk
about the growth of rugby. With a growing
interest in the sport, Jamaica rugby players are
quickly getting noticed. I’ve traveled from the
other side of the world to see what’s driving these
Jamaican rugby players to take the pitch, and see
what’s in store for the future of
Jamaican rugby. I’m at Motor Dam
Field, about to go watch some of the Jamaican
men seven team practice. Let’s go have a look. So what have you got
in for training today? Typical training session
that we’d normally have, where it is that we started
our strength and conditioning test, which is a yo-yo test. Ah, the yo-yo test. And if they don’t max
out on the yo-yo test, they move straight into
making up for it into sprints using the parachutes. We will then start
with the restart. It is a key component, and
it’s one of our weakest areas. Yeah, right. The restarts are
so important in sevens. So they’re practicing
their restarts. A restart is really
crucial in sevens. You want to try and
regain your own ball in an attacking restart. We thought you were familiar. We thought that we saw you in
a video with a bloody nose. -That was me, yes.
-Oh! So I was just wondering
how you got into rugby? -Picked it up at high school.
-High school. -I see the boys playing, and–
-Yeah, right. Just fall in love with
the game. And what about you? Yes, from primary school. What do you guys
love about rugby? I just love running hard lines. Seeing somebody looking at
your number in the back. Yeah. Yeah. What about the game made
you want to play it? Well, for me, it was like
a place where you can vent. You can take out
your frustration. If you’re having
a bad day, you can come here and clear your head. It’s a bonding
process, where everyone -is like a brother to you.
-Yeah. So it’s just like a
symbol, rugby, right? Across the world. 1, 2, 3. I don’t think they were ready
for me to run it at them. So just finished training with
some of the Jamaican boys. Had a blast playing
rugby with them. I’m really excited to
watch the boys play in a real game-like situation. It’s hard to tell at
training against each other, but when they’re
against opposition, the talent really comes
through. I’m on Maxfield
Avenue, about to talk to one of the rugby
players about Jamaica making it to the
Rugby World Cup. Let’s go take a look. Come on inside. Quite the collection
you’ve got here. Yeah. From the first day I’ve
been playing, to now, I’ve been competing. What’s your most
memorable moment? My most recent one, when we
qualified for the World Cup. It was a very
overwhelming experience. You’ve had
opportunities to travel. You could possibly
get to the Olympics. How do you feel about that? Rugby opened a lot of doors. My family, we didn’t have much. I got a scholarship
to go to college. We travel a lot. I get to see the world. So where do you think rugby
in Jamaica is going? Is it getting bigger? It’s getting bigger. It’s a growing process. You know, we’re just setting
the pace for the younger generation
to go on. Do you feel like you’re
part of a legacy, being the first Caribbean team
to make it to the World Cup? Yes.
The first Jamaican team. We set the high mark for that. Good luck in the World Cup. And on the weekend, I’ll
be watching you guys. I’m really excited. So I’ve come to Jamaica. I had to check out
the coconuts. Cheers. What is your position
at Jamaica Rugby? I’m the chairman of the
Jamaican Rugby Football Union. Awesome. So what does that
involve for you? The big decisions, the tough
decisions I have to make them. To lead us into the future. Rugby is so big. There’s so much scope for
involvement, both girls and boys. I think my job, basically,
is to sell that to Jamaica. Yeah. The idea that this
is a sport that offers an alternative to track
and football, which everybody wants to play. Usain Bolt is from
a very rural place. -Rural Jamaica.
-Real, rural Jamaica. And we want to tap into that. They’re just born
built solid, fast. I want to get kids
playing from five. Then, by the time they
get to high school, they’re already great
passers and great tacklers. And that’s what I
want to get going. Once we get more money going,
more sponsorship stuff going, then we can do a lot more. Imagine if we got just
a little bit more, it would be brilliant. How difficult is it for
you as individual players, coming together now
from different clubs? Honestly, I actually
think it’s not– it’s not that big of a deal. I think it’s more the amount
of time we have in preparation. Chemistry is there,
here and there, but we’re trying to make
it into one, so all of us can basically get picked
to the World Cup team. Well, that’s exciting
for you, like, getting to go to the World Cup. It’s a great feeling,
knowing that we’re going to be a part of history. Being the first Jamaican team
to make it into the World Cup. So I’ve noticed that you’re not
just coaching one team here. How many teams are you
coaching? Four teams. Actually, the national under-19
setup, the senior setup, the young crocs ladies, as well
as the young crocs senior team. We have great volunteer coaches
that are here, as well physios. Those are the persons that
I try to get involved. How do you manage
the guys, players that are trying to work,
they’re trying to play rugby, and studying? So before we start
each program, I’d have given the individuals
the opportunity to give me their best days
that they would have had. And how it is that
we could do programs that would be
sustainable and say that these are the
training sessions that you can commit to. Thanks for all you’re
doing for Jamaican rugby. Honestly, you’re awesome. That’s excellent.
Rugby’s my life. -Rugby’s…
-Mine, too. See ya. You want to be coming
in fast, like– It’s good to see rugby
out here. It feels like an old
tournament, like what you would usually see on a Saturday sevens. The field’s looking a
little bit rough out there. Come on. Go, go, go, go. There’s about to be a restart. So they were practicing these
at practice the other day, so we’ll see how they go. He’s got some pace. It’s honestly been
an amazing experience to see how the sport of rugby
is taking Jamaica by storm. It was a really humbling
experience to me, just to see how much
these guys love rugby. They’re so explosive. They’re fast. Once the Jamaicans
start catching on that it’s a sport
for them, Jamaica is going to be a
hard nation to stop.

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16 thoughts on “Can Jamaican Rugby find “Cool Runnings” success on grass? | Olympic Outposts

  • December 17, 2018 at 2:14 pm
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    Which sporting hotspot should we cover next? Click the link to watch the full series! – http://bit.ly/2PxHfC1

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    Nice video bhai

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    I am kabaddi boy

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    Don’t even need to be good at rugby they can just run away from everyone else lol

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Whos the girl

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    Wait till they get a basketball team

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    She’s not that Jacked for a player

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    I bet this was her fantasy 😏 3:20

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    Someone get her on blacked

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    Eyyy wheres usain bolt he is my idol

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  • January 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    Basketball like if you agreed

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  • January 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    If they can take the hit, they'll be a threat in World Cup 7's one day.

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  • January 8, 2019 at 9:51 am
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    What a great video, think the chair has a phenomenal vision for rugby at large in Jamaica.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    2:45 gang bang…

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  • March 15, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    Chinrass that's the best coach

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  • September 10, 2019 at 9:03 am
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    Good to see the growth of rugby in the caribbean and other parts of the world beyond the occasional regular nations

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