'Grateful' JRFU acknowledges support
The Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has said that while it is still seeking funding ahead of next month's Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in San Francisco, USA, it has grateful for the support it has already received from its existing sponsors.
"When we started the Rugby World Cup journey in 2015 Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) were our first sponsors." JRFU chairman Jerry Benzwick said. "Sandals helped the team get to Hong Kong in 2018 and helped with our Senior 15s men in Barbados. We owe thanks to The Night Sky for their help as well in Hong Kong. The year 2016 saw both our men and women's teams qualify for The Hong Sevens, we were in need of Kit Sponsorship for our teams, Theresa Roberts, the CEO of Jamaica Patty Company stepped in.
This allowed all our national teams to have playing gear for that year. She and her husband flew to Hong Kong earlier this year to cheer on the Jamaica Crocs when we qualified for the second year in a row and got our first win at the prestigious tournament."
Benzwick also praised the Minister of Sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Jamaica Olympic Association for their support. However, he stressed that the team is still seeking support for next month's tournament.
"We are looking forward to our teams competing in July, Boys U19 and Women's 10s in Mexico July 7-14. Men's 7s World Cup Debut July 20-22 and Men's and Women's 7s CAC Games on August 1 and 2.
Thanks to our past national players who have assisted with our u19 team on tour and to all supporters of Rugby Union here and abroad as we grow the sport in Jamaica and become top competitors on the World Stage," he said.