Rugby’s continued expansion in the Americas took on added meaning on Friday as Caribbean nation the Dominican Republic notched up a win over Curaçao. The 32-12 victory saw the two nations playing for the ‘Copa Dominico-Curazoleña de Rugby’.
With the presence of Pablo Septién, of Rugby Americas North and the Secretary of Sports of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Jaime David Fernández Mirabal, the Copa Dominicana-Curazoleña was inaugurated on Friday.
Septíen reaffirmed the importance of the rugby events taking place this weekend at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center, “this is an environment that the people who get here will feel the life of sport”.
Although there have been previous rugby games in the country this weekend marked the official first international. The fixture was one of three in the Dominican Republic this weekend. The teams are to train together again today while Curaçao also played on Saturday doing so against Turks & Caicos in a match won 41-10 by Turks & Caicos.
In Friday’s opening fixture the star for the Dominican Republic was Arnold Figeroa. His fifteen points went a long way to seeing off Curaçao in winning the match by twenty points.
Of the three nations involved both Curaçao and Turks & Caicos are Rugby Americas North members. Neither of them, however, have any affiliation with World Rugby. The Dominican Republic is an affiliate of Rugby Americas North but not yet a member.