Saturday, March 24, 2012

The 2015 World Cup qualification set to get underway with Mexico taking on Jamaica in the opening match

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The first match of 2015 Rugby World Cup qualification gets underway this Saturday as Mexico (IRB ranking 71) take on Jamaica (IRB ranking 86).

Despite neither team having any chance of being one of the eight qualifiers from the 80 nations competing for a place at 2015, the match being staged in Mexico City is set to receive a lot more media attention than normal and hopefully to the benefit of Mexican rugby.

This is Mexico's first attempt at World Cup qualification, they have 1421 registered adult male players (more than four time World Cup nation Namibia) and only just entered the IRB rankings last week (along with Pakistan and the Philippines) despite being a full IRB member since 2006. Their coach is their number 8 Simón Pierre, who is from New Zealand.

Meanwhile the Caribbean side Jamaica who have far less players just 376 registered adult males, famous for sprinters and cricket will embark on their fourth World Cup qualifying campaign. Despite less players, they have more rugby pedigree than their opponents and even had a side in the 2008 Junior World Trophy tournament. Winger Marcel Garvey, is of Jamaican parentage but is unable to play unfortunately as he has represented England A. 

The Webb Ellis Cup
The match will be attended by England's legendary number 8 Lawrence Dallaglio a World Cup winner in 2003 and the 2015 World Cup ambassador. Dallaglio will present both teams with their matchday shirts which should be a memorable moment for the players who are all very much at an amateur level.

The match will be refereed by world class ref Craig Joubert who took charge of the World Cup final in October. And also the Webb Ellis Trophy will be at the match.

The game will be available to watch live on this link at 15:30 local time or 21:30 GMT

1 comment:

  1. Its great to see RWC qualifying beginning and the passion of these minnows thankyou for posting this Paul!!!