Canadians and Jamaica Under 17 square off in rugby series

August 25, 2016

With a view to identify and develop young talents to represent their countries, Canada and Jamaica's National Rugby League Under-17 team, are currently engaged in the first-ever rugby league tour in the island.

The team arrived on Monday for the historic six-day tour.

The Canadians open their account at the Drax Hall Sports Complex when they participate in a nine-a-side competition against four local high school teams. The series will culminate with a Test match against Jamaica's Under-17 on Saturday, at the Barbican Football Complex, at 4:30 p.m.

Jamaica Rugby League Association director Romeo Monteith was welcoming of the Canadians.

"We welcome Canada. Once more, they have shown like us that the development of rugby league in our hemisphere is a serious matter," he said.

Canada's team manager, Andy Blackburn said that Canada Young Wolverines aim is to not only help to develop the Jamaican game but expose their own.

"We aim help our close Jamaican friends develop the game further in Jamaica, but to expose our young Canadian players to some rich Caribbean culture and learn more about the great game of rugby league," he said.

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