In Swansea, the Beach Rugby Wales (BRW) is an annual rugby festival and this year it celebrated its 12th year.
The competition has become extremely popular and now it has been partnered with the Welsh Rugby League (WRL), which began in the year 2006. In the first year of this championship only six teams participate, but this year the participating team size has grown to 54 teams and they are from all over the UK.
The championship has attracted many International players, both in the past as well as at present. Some of them are Richard Hibbard, Paul James, Shane Williams, Ian Gough, Arwel Thomas and Garin Jenkins for Wales, Tommy Bowe from Ireland, Jerry Collins All Black and Marty Holah.
Saturday on the day of the tournament, the teams were taken to the Swansea Bay beach to play.
The rules of the tournament were in the style of Touch Rugby League (TRL), with six culminating in a set either a handover or score. In the any infringements, or knock-ones are punishable by a handover. In the game, there is a difference in the scoring system as well.
In the game, no conversions are there and a regular try is equal to one point along with a golden try, point scored by running in through the posts is equal to two.
According to the website of Beach Rugby Wales (BRW): “In the span of just 12 years, this tournament has become so much popular that, those teams which are taking part plan a pre-season day around and use weekend for team bonding.”
This day is also called as the “festival of rugby”, was attended by sponsors and supporters, including Nation Radio along with the Sinclair Group, who will gift a Seat Ibiza car to the winner.
Residents and visitors alike at the West Wittering beach were on hand to speak about the chaos that surrounded the beach non Sunday, June 18, the hottest day of the year so far.
No less than 5,000 vehicles travelled down to the beach on that day to get a piece of the action. James Crespi, manager of the West Wittering Beach Estate pegged the number of vehicles at approximately 5,100.
He also noted that no less than a further 200 vehicles are expected to travel down to the beach on Sunday.
Di Dowling,a 49 year old resident of Bognor who visited the beach for theChichester Rugby Club’s annual beach rugby day, stated that it was a total nightmare trying to get into and out of the car park.
By 8am when she had come by to drop off her daughter and husband, the traffic had already begun queuing.
Dowling said: “We left early because we knew it was going to be busy. The rugby got relegated from West Wittering beach to East Head by the Estate so they could make space for more people.
“I have multiple sclerosis so I went home and came back at about 4.30pm to pick up my husband, daughter and her friend.”
Dowling who continued, stated that by the time she was able to leave the car park, it was almost 8.30pm, at a time the car park was due to close.
She also mentioned a friend of theirs who tried to leave the car park around 7.15pm, yet ended up staying there till way past 9.15 pm.
The manager, Crespi noted that the large number of people in attendance made it quite difficult to control despite several warnings of a full car park displayed at the entrance.
On 6 May 2017, the biggest ever Rugby will arrive in San Antonio.
Yes, we are talking about Ibiza Beach Rugby Festival. It is arriving in the city on 6h of May. In the 2017 sporting calendar of Ibiza Beach, this is going to be the most popular event. It is expected that approximately 500 participants will join the event of 2017.
The sandy and wide beach in San Antonio is going to accommodate a giant inflatable goal post and three rugby pitches. The interesting thing is there are more teams coming in this year each. The number has increased. Moreover, the game is open for all, one need not to be the expert of the game and throw them into the tournament.
The beach is going to be soft as it is on sand and the soft pitch is more forgiving in comparison to a frozen pitch. Moreover, to jog away to cool off the sea is there. Do, remember to pick the team kit carefully: saucy, sexy, and bright or a combo of all three is perfect for the job.
For the Ibiza Sports Tours, who is the organizer of the event this year, have some big names like Alhambra Nievas. He has received the award ‘Referee of the Year 2016’.
Other guests at the event include Sean Holley the TV rugby analyst, he has reported for BBC Wales and Sky Sports. Second guest is Stuart Evans, rugby league player and former Welsh rugby union.
There will be opening and closing parties for the event and the venue of the same is Ibiza Rocks Hotel, post presentations and matches, all the teams will move back at the Highlander and Shenanigans, they are sponsoring the event. So, this year again the event is going to be all fun and fun.
The Qatar Rugby Federation, recently went on all out to take a preliminary stock of the recently concluded second edition of the Qatar Rugby 7s.
The tournament which saw players put in about 588 minutes of action from about 36 preliminary round of matches and the six matches, had no less than 156 tries all through.
The unbeaten Camels both in the first edition and this posed a question to the organisers, as their dominance in the tournament was complete and not closely rivalled by any of the other teams.
The President of the QRF, Yousef al-Kuwari had said when asked about the gap between the Camels and the rest of the teams, that they (the organisers) realize the gap, which was quite bigger when it started last season.
He however believes that, there was a lot of competition this time around from other teams, such as the Doha club, and he is hoping that more support would be given to the other teams to help them improve.
And despite the tournament which had seen just seven teams participate in the two editions, the number doesn’t seem to worry al-Kuwari as he believes that those showing up are clubs of good quality.
Al-Kuwari was also asked about what steps the QRF are taking towards promoting rugby in the country and he was quoted as saying,
“One of our plans is to involve our local clubs. We are looking forward to meeting these clubs and will propose to them if they are willing to sponsor a team each. That might make a big difference for us.
“We have ried building grassroots tournaments, through initiatives like Beach Rugby, which have been instrumental in getting attention from the public. Then there are the games we host on the Qatar National Sport Day. We are looking at anything and everything to get in more players.”
All the editions of the Figueira Beach Rugby International held so far have been a runaway hit.
The latest 2016 edition of the Figueira Beach Rugby International enjoyed great success even beyond the game. The tournament is not just an event where you play beach rugby on the beach. There is very good camaraderie, vibe, fun, frolic and a chance to meet up with old and new friends that is on offer at Figueira Beach every year. This is why lots and lots of people make it to this event every year. This year saw as many as 850 people traveling to the Figueira Beach to take part in the international rugby beach tournament.
People from England, France, Holland, USA, Spain, Dubai, Belgium, Italy and Germany visited Figueira Beach to take part in the rugby event. This is the only tournament in the world where you will find a lot of smiling faces and every game that you play in the event is a game where you can make new friends. No one is worried about winning or losing a game when they come to Figueira Beach. Everyone comes to the event to be part of such a big community with the sole purpose of enjoying and celebrating the event and to experience what beach rugby madness is all about.
Sport Porto Rugby is the winner of the Portuguese Beach Rugby this year and the Caparica Sharks are the winners of the men’s event at the Portuguese Beach Rugby. This Figueira Beach Rugby event is the most popular beach tournament in Europe and more than 50 teams participate in it. Along with fun, frolic and lovely beaches, there is also huge prize money on offer that attracts more and more rugby teams to participate. There are also sunset parties conducted on the beach for people to enjoy.
Switch Cape Town is an iconic center for training in beach rugby.
This facility of UR7s in South Africa will become the training center where the Beach Rugby series will be held for the spring, summer as well as autumn seasons. This series has become a much revered event for rugby enthusiasts across Cape Town. Players who look for opportunities will be able to train at The Switch Playground which is the name of the training facility. It will help them get into shape for the upcoming rugby seasons.
The training facility will offer discounted rates of membership for the players of Beach Rugby. Whereas the usual rates are 150 for single sessions and 1300 for a pack of ten sessions, the discounted rates would be 120 zar for single sessions while the ten session pack will be priced at 1000 zar. These rates will surely prove beneficial for those who need to train regularly ahead of matches scheduled.
Switch is also slated to play a big role in the Beach Rugby season. The center will sponsor the impact player of the season title in the cross city finals. The player who wins the accolade will be offered unlimited training sessions as well as gear and apparel to be won. UR7 and Switch would be hosting special classes in July at the Switch Playground. This will see the launch of a partnership. It would definitely help the beach rugby players across Cape Town. With a dedicated training facility and where events dedicated to beach rugby would be organized, most enthusiasts can simply tune into the center’s blog or site as well as the facility to be part of the latest beach rugby events and tournaments. This year will surely be eventful for the players and fans of beach rugby in Cape Town.
Not many have heard of the BKK Lions as yet.
You might be one of the first few to read about them as this mini rugby team has recently been formed. It is known as Bangkok Lions Mini Rugby Union. It has been established by experienced rugby players and enthusiasts of Bangkok who have been trying to bring the game among the youths in the country. With this union formed, they wish to promote the game among Thai as well as youths of the expatriate communities in this country.
Several leading rugby players of Bangkok have come together to make this initiative a success. There are weekly coaching classes which are held on Saturday mornings. Currently the venue is at Bangkok Pattana School. There are players from Southerners as well as from the British Club.
Children who are part of the Bangkok Soccer League have been targeted to sign up for the rugby team initially. Registrations had been on from the end of March 2004 and have been held at the Bangkok Pattana school premises. The initial target was to get hold of youths and children from the age group of four to seventeen. Today a mini league is formed for the children who registered with the union.
The rugby union follows a pattern similar to the BSL. The latter has faced considerable success and it is hoped that the same can be achieved for the youth rugby team. It is definitely one of the novel games in Thailand and needs to be promoted among the youth. Rugby at the school was hoping to enhance the family environment on Saturdays when kids will get together to play and parents would be involved in coaching, in watching and would end with family BBQs and with a fun filled environment.
According to the South African Rugby Union, the team will include seven players who belong to any race other than Caucasian in their team. The South African Rugby team will compete in 2015 Rugby World cup and the decision was taken right before that.
The team would consist of twenty three players. Two of the seven players who will be included in the South African national Rugby Union Team have to be blacks according to the latest announcement. The plan actually is to increase member of the black races in the National level Sports team. Half of the members of a South African National Sports team must consist of players who do not belong to the Caucasian race; this must be achieved before the year 2019.
Jurie Roux, who is the Chief Executive of the South African Rugby Union has said that the aforementioned system which is about to be in effect is not in any way a quota system.
The decision is not only about numbers, according to Mr Roux. The decision mentioned above is in line with the current South African Government’s policy. He said that Judgements will be made according to representation on the field but he also thinks that the coach of the South African National Rugby team will feel a lot of pressure if he is not offered any help. The team that will be selected by the 47 years old Coach of the National Rugby Union team of South Africa, Mr. Heyneke Meyer will only consist of players who are the top performers in the domestic level.
The team chosen by Heyneke Meyer for the match that took place last year in the month of November where the springboks faced off against the Welsh team consisted of only one player who was black. The name of that player is Tendai Mtawarira. He is 29 years old now and is not likely to get selected in the national team.
Sean Holley, the head coach of the Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby, has ruled out a spending spree in the summer or even this month, despite given financial backing by Steve Lansdown.
The Bristol boss admitted that agents of players are using the new found wealth of the club to drive up the wages of players during the negotiations but he has vowed not to be held at gunpoint and admitted that the club has to embrace its status as a rugby powerhouse.
The club has already signed Italian international centre Tommaso Benvenuti while former England international flanker Tom Varndell has agreed a two year contract to move to Ashton Gate from Wasps RUFC in the summer.
The club has also been linked with several high profile players including Marc Jones, the Sale Sharks hooker, Brad Barritt, the highly talented centre for Saracens FC as well as versatile and controversial Bath Rugby back Gavin Henson, who has played under Holley at Ospreys.
When asked if agents were deliberately trying to push for higher wages for players, the Bristol boss admitted that it might be happening but he can’t do anything about it.
He mentioned that he knows many coaches and Directors of Rugby and they are linked with absolutely no one at all. But they have got to get used to that now because the new owner is a very wealthy person.
Holley, however, said that it doesn’t mean he will go out and sign any player off the market. He said that there is a budget and there is a plan and that is how Lansdown made so much money, because he had a plan and it is also Bristol Rugby and his intention to stick to that plan and have a long term sustainability as well.
No lineouts or scrums, no conversions & breakdown rule which is easy to follow.
In spite of the radical differences in rules, beach rugby is still a rugby form which is relished on sand.
Beach rugby tournaments might be something novel in the Kiwi rugby scene, but it commands a huge fan following in other nations and carries an established connoisseur base in France, Italy, Australia, Singapore, London & the USA.
New Zealand is all set to come up with its own beach rugby championship that would be hosted at Mount Maunganui. The tournament has been christened as Mount Beach 5s and will feature the Coastal side.
Played on 30m by 25m field, the beach rugby tournament will have teams with 5 players each as well as rolling substitutes. Every half is 5 minutes, one try signifies one point and a tackler should allow ball carrier a ball release- whilst the person in possession should play within a couple of seconds of getting tackled.
“I have played beach rugby in Europe & it’s a very fast-paced game. There is no question of scrums or lineouts to slow the game down”, stated Coastal star Kelvin Weir.
“We thought that we would chuck a squad in for fun. It’s tough on sand as you cannot step on anything and hence it’s mostly running on, hard lines.”
Weir remarked that as per his experience, most of the players could only be for 30 to 60 seconds on sand prior to being subbed since the game itself was really taxing. The maiden tour has been limited to 12 squads – 3 from South Island and 9 from North Island.
A 2nd tournament is due for 2015 January.”They’re getting experienced beach rugby referee right from Europe whilst some have arrived from Australia to help out in organizing the tournament.” Weir informed.