# 5 - St Lucia Rugby
St. Lucia is a picturesque island country in the eastern Caribbean with a population of 175,000 where official language is English.
Rugby was introduced to St Lucia by a group of expatriated living on the island in much the same way as it did in many other Caribbean territories. A Canadian teacher at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School named Millar Young is credited with the introduction of the game here when he, along with some of his colleagues and friends started playing the game then formed the St Lucia Rugby Club in 1974.
This group of pioneers enlisted the services of some other expatriates and a number of athletic local lads to train and play among themselves. They also hosted teams from overseas and traveled to other rugby-playing nations such as Barbados and Guadeloupe to engage them in the sport played in heaven and the traditional ‘third half.’ Some of the players also became affiliated to teams in Martinique to hone their skills, gain experience and satisfy their thirst for adventure.
The sport was played continually until 1984 when it withered, died and lay dormant until 1993.
Another group of expatriates, Kelly Glass (New Zealand) together with the Trinidadian Trio of Kirk Hubson-Garcia, Derek Webb and Roger Butcher and a few local lads rekindled the flame in 1993 and the flame has been burning continuously ever since.
The SLRFU became a member of the West Indies Rugby Union (WIRU), then known as the Caribbean Rugby Football Union (CRFU,) in 1996 and became affiliated to the International Rugby Board (IRB) in 1996. The Union, then known as the St Lucia Rugby Association (SLRFA) became a registered entity with the Ministry of Youth, Community Development, Social Affairs and Sports on 18th April 1995.
In 2011 the sport received a vital boost when the SLRFU agreed a partnership with sports development company; Caribbean Coaching. CC and their coaches have come with a clear remit of ‘introducing St. Lucia’s first ever domestic league’ & ‘raising the profile of the sport amongst the nation’s youth’. They have set-up a number of training districts across the island, decentralising the sport from its Castries base, which is evidenced in the National teams since.
President: Colvis Samuels
Secretary: Wedrel St Clair
Telephone: +1 758 4503896
Number of Clubs: 3
Number of Registered Players: 169
Number of Referees: 19
Number of Preteen Male Players: 20
Number of Preteen Female Players:15
Number of Teen Male Players: 35
Number of Teen Female Players: 15
Number of Senior Male Players: 58
Number of Senior Female Players: 26
Total Male Players: 113
Total Female Players: 56