Jamaica book place at 2021 World Cup
Jamaica have qualified for the Rugby League World Cup for the first time following win over the USA in the Americas Championship final.
The Reggae Warriors claimed a 16-10 victory in Jacksonville to become the 11th team to qualify for the expanded next edition of the World Cup, which will take place in England in 2021.
In a tight match both teams scored two tries apiece, but London Skolars half-back Jy-Mel Coleman kicked four goals to secure Jamaica not only a place at the World Cup, but also their first ever Americas Championship title.
Head coach Romeo Monteith underlined the importance of the achievement after the match, with Jamaica set to compete against the likes of hosts England and reigning champions Australia during the finals.
"This is massive for our nation," Monteith said. "To reach a World Cup is something extra special, it feels like there is one love."
All hope is not lost for the United States, however, as they can still qualify for the finals via a repechage competition in 2019, but their coach, Sean Rutgerson, admits they have made life difficult for themselves.
"We've made it very hard for ourselves now," Rutgerson conceded.
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