by THE DOC
Just My Personal Views as to why Neutrals Should Take Jamaica Seriously
|The draw has been out for a while now and Jamaica have qualified for the world for the first time in their history despite falling short at every opportunity in years past, but there's a feel good factor surrounding rugby league in the Carribean Island. The quality of rugby league in Jamaica locally is probably at it's highest it's ever been and England Rugby Union Great Jason Robsinson has come on board with the rest of the coaching staff in a bid to continue building rugby league as a dynasty yet it seems belief in the teams chances of getting out of their group is minimal at best which this writer finds odd and slightly disturbed by. Despite the team still having a long way to go and their ranking (20th) the Jamaica National Team is by far likely to have the second loudest reception at the world cup (outside of England) because Jamaica is just that likable just for the entertainment and atmosphere they will bring but are just as good as nations above them.
They have former champions New Zealand in their group, Ireland and former world Cup Quarter finalists and no one may give them a chance but hear me out for a second. New Zealand they might surely lose against, but Ireland is a team they have beaten before and it was 68 point drubbing from a team that is arguably weaker than the current one at their disposal so I am backing them to do much of the same again. Lebanon might be higher than them in the rankings and have more Super League and NRL experience but with all the internal issues Lebanon have Jamaica will take advantage of this and put the Lebanese to the sword.
The team has the quality and experience to surprise many at this World Cup, recent wins over USA (twice) to galliant fighting losses against North West England Lionhearts and the England Knights.
One way or the other when the World Cup comes around and Jamaica takes the field in England they will make their stamp known on the world stage.