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.