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Presidents Report

Beginning with modest hopes in 1970, the Cayman Rugby Football Union (CRFU) has grown from strength to strength and is now acknowledged as one of the foremost sporting associations in our beautiful islands and as the team to beat in the Caribbean.

The CRFU cemented our reputation in the region by regaining the under 19's Regional Championship, our fourth win in five years, and our National team recorded tremendous wins against Mexico and the Bahamas in the World Cup qualifiers. Unfortunately we were then narrowly beaten in Bermuda and did not progress into the next rounds of the competition.

The games at home, played at the Truman Bodden stadium, attracted the largest crowds ever to attend matches in the Cayman Islands; and included numerous folks coming to a rugby game for the first time. Praise on the organisation of the events was heaped upon us by attendees from the International Rugby Board, referees, visiting teams and members of the public. Much credit for our success goes to our Director of Rugby, Richard Adams, and House Manager Caroline Deegan for the work put in, plus a huge vote of thanks to all of our officials, medics, coaches and volunteers for making it all possible.

Our ladies' teams have also put in some good performances on the regional scene and the sevens and junior game is producing excellent results, both in matches and skills, under the tutelage of our volunteer coaches.

To achieve our results takes a huge investment, both in money and time. Consequently we are always exploring new ideas to raise funds and I will be grateful if you can all support our various ventures.

During the year the hard work required to raise funds enabled us to resurface the car park and improve exterior of the clubhouse; including added drainage.

A number of social activities during the year helped to bond the membership with the highlight being the visit by Welsh and Lions international Shane Williams as our speaker at the Players' Dinner. Shane also played a full game against our under 19 side; thus providing excellent advice and experience prior to the Regional Championships.

The CRFU has a reputation for making everyone welcome at our wonderful club and ground that nestles alongside the South Sound in these beautiful islands. We extend that welcome to all and promise superb rugby, a great atmosphere and a time to remember to touring rugby teams, residents and visitors alike.

Enjoy our Islands, enjoy our hospitality and enjoy our game.

Yours in Rugby,

Derek Haines QPM, CPM,
President CRFU.

Mission Statement of the Cayman Rugby Union.

To offer equally to all, the opportunity to participate, develop and represent the Cayman Rugby Union in social, club or international competition whether as a player, supporter, administrator, coach or official, in a structured, safe and ethical environment.

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