The sport of rugby is divided in two: Rugby Union and Rugby League Football.  Each is recognized as an independent sport and both are represented in the Jamaican sporting scene. 


The Jamaica Rugby Union is the governing body of rugby union on the island.  The national team has a 2011 ranking of 84th from the International Rugby Board (IRB). The team competes in the Caribbean Championships annually, but has not yet qualified for a Rugby World Cup. In 2011, there are a total of 9 rugby union clubs, 2090 union players (210 of which are female), and 30 union referees.  The national team is currently being coached by English Rugby legend, Matthew Evans. 


The Jamaica Rugby League Association is the governing body for the rapidly growing rugby league game. The Association, which was founded in 2004, is a part of the West Indies Rugby League Association.  Internationally, the team has only played 4 matches, winning one against Canada in 2010. They are currently ranked 25th worldwide.  Locally the sport has gained much momentum since its founding. There are now 11 clubs:
  • 4 in the metropolitan area
  • 4 in St. Catherine, and
  • 3 teams fielded by The University of the West Indies, the University of Technology, and G. C. Foster College. 


Jamaica Rugby Union
16 Washington Drive
Kingston 10
Jamaica Rugby League
44 Barry Street
Phone: 876-922-9579