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Thursday, March 10, 2005 - The St. Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), has expressed delight with the St. Lucia Rugby Union’s initiative to stage what is being dubbed the “Carnival 10-a-side Rugby Festival” scheduled to take place in St. Lucia July 16, 2005.

Nine countries are expected to participate, including Defense Force and Police of Trinidad & Tobago, Hornets from Guyana, Renegades and Scorpions of Barbados, Amazonians from St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Good Luck and Robert of Martinique, and Montego Bay from Jamaica. The St. Lucia Rugby Union plans to enter three teams in the competition.

The Union met with Sports Consultant, Joseph “Reds” Perreira and brought the Board up to date on the plans for hosting of the event, as it falls within the SLTB’s sports tourism thrust. The island is expected to benefit from the games, as all of the visiting clubs will finance their own accommodation and meals locally.

According to Mr. Perreira, the event is to be marketed in the United Kingdom to bring an English flavour in 2006.
Several local venues are being considered by the St. Lucia Rugby Union for use, including the National Stadium located in Vieux Fort, while the officiating, which is key to the high quality of the event, will include overseas referees.

Further details of sponsorship of the Carnival 10-a-side Rugby Festival will be announced later.


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