Haiti Enters the World of International Rugby
The birth of rugby in Haiti was September of 2014 when around 20 coaches took part over several days of courses and practices to prepare them to play and coach Rugby. It followed a workshop from the previous year but was a true introduction as, for the most part, the notion of tackling and passing an oval ball were entirely knew.
The initiatives were successful in laying the foundations for a National Rugby Federation. The Federación Haitienne Rugby has since come into being , providing the means for future inclusion in international rugby. All has been made possible by the International Olympic Committee and with rugby not being a part of the Olympic Games there is added backing for rugby to grow in the Caribbean country.
Combined with social projects projects rugby in Haiti has been made possible. Argentine organization Cascos Azueles created a rugby school in the country. A civil-military effort from the Argentine Joint Battalion, Cascos Azueles, opened a rugby school in Gonaives to promote integration between the Cascos Azueles and the Haitian people in an effort to transmit rugby values and work together to promote civil society.
Carl Alexandre commented that “more than fifty children have learned the values of working as a team in addition to discipline and respect, bringing the spirit of Los Pumas, the national team of the country to Haiti. With this, they have helped generate a positive image of the mission that goes far beyondn their civil-military activities. I would like to congratulate them for this innovative initiative set for Haitian children.”