Founded in 1971
The Cayman Rugby Union is the governing body of rugby union football in the Cayman Islands and is a full member of World Rugby (WR) and Rugby North America (RAN). Based in South Sound the Union administers and delivers Rugby programs throughout the Cayman Islands.
The CRFU executive comprises five directors as follows
- Vice President of Rugby
- Vice President of Operations
PHIL PRETORIUS - Head Coach
The head coach is Dr. Phil Pretorius, a South African, who has a dual career as a rugby coach and lecturer in history at Pretoria University. He has taken responsibility for all of the coaching activities of the union, the 15's, the 7's after their HK experience, the Women's and U19 program and oversees the Youth academy and schools program. He is also assisting in the pathway for coaches to take charge of the various disciplines.
Phil's background in coaching was as head coach of the Bulls Super rugby team, South African Barbarians, Tongan national team and he has also coached in Ireland and Sri Lanka.
CAROLINE DEEGAN – Business Administrator & Events Coordinator
Caroline has eighteen years’ experience in the hospitality, business and events management industries and joined the CRFU in 2009. A former women’s captain and coach of the club and national side Caroline has a very good understanding of the needs of the rugby community and the CRFU and is proving to be an invaluable asset.
JOVAN BOWLES - Skills Coach
Jovan has 10 years of professional playing experience, first as a junior with Super Rugby Franchise Natal Sharks, then falling in love with the shorter version of the game, Sevens.
He was involved with the Sharks Sevens setup from 2001 who went on to win the national championship in 2004 when Jovan captained the side. From the Sharks Sevens, Jovan advanced to the South Africa Emerging Sevens Squad (2004-2008) that participated in the annual tour to Kenya for the Tusker Safari Sevens. He captained that side in 2006 when they won the championship.
Having proven himself as captain of the Emerging side, Jovan was invited to join the Springbok Sevens Squad coached by Paul Treu.He went on to participate in 4 of the 8 legs of the circuit that year (2006/2007), the highlight being the Springbok win at the HSBC Dubai World Sevens against New Zealand.
In 2008, Jovan returned to the 15-man game where, for 4 years, he played in the South African provincial tournament, the Currie Cup. Jovan played for two different teams in this tournament, the Border Bulldogs and The Royal Bafokeng Leopards and was included in the Royal XV side to face the British & Irish Lions of 2009 in South Africa.
In 2011, Jovan took a break from rugby and briefly focused his attention on the South African coffee industry. But not for long as in 2015 Jovan and his fiancé relocated to the idyllic Cayman Islands where he was naturally drawn to the South Sound grounds. Jovan quickly showed his merit and is now the Skills Coach for the union, overseeing all foundation skill work for every age group, improving the core skill level of playersby tailoring the skill sets specifically to each individual. He is also head coach of the national Women’s team, the ladies emerging from local 7’s and tag games into the full 15 contact version of the game by 2018.
VENASIO TOKATOKAVANUA - Rugby Development Officer
Venasio has 11 years playing experience with the renowned club of Red Rock in Fiji, competing internationally in club 7's tournaments all over the world. Venasio had multiple trials for the Fiji national squad but was unfortunate not to obtain a cap. As a coach he has assisted with the Red Rock team and various rugby sides in his native Fiji. Venasio moved to Cayman in 2006 to take up the role of rugby development officer. As the clubs RDO, Venasio plays a very active part in the club’s initiative to increase participation in the sport and offer coaching expertise to schools around the island. Venasio also leads the academy program which see's talented underage players doing after school sessions at the club focusing on skill development and increasing game understanding with the view to progress them through a long term player development pathway toward senior national representation. Venasio has also been a key member of both the men's national 7's and XV's squads since his arrival in Cayman.