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Great Yarmouth hosted its third beach rugby tournament last summer. Beach Rugby is growing in the UK and is providing an opportunity for more players to get involved in the sport in a new exciting way.
The tournament took place last July on Great Yarmouth’s Central Beach. Seventeen teams from Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire competed in the tournament. The players ranged in age with the youngest participant aged just six with the oldest players being in their 50s.
Beach rugby is quite an interesting game to play and usually follow the same rules as that of the professional rugby football. They are played all across Europe and is most popular in Italy.
Beach Rugby is usually played casually with each casual game having its own set of rules governing the game. With the popularity of beach rugby, there are beach rugby championships that are being held across various places where they make use of a field on the beach which is nearly a fraction of the size of the total rugby field.
This summer saw Swansea hosting one of the fastest growing rugby tournaments around. But while many were looking forward to the Rugby World Cup, enjoying the Tri Nations or awaiting the start of the new domestic season in Europe more than 2000 sets of eyes were on the “Beach Rugby Wales 2011” tournament.
In its fifth year the competition has grown from its humble beginnings as a 6 team tournament in 2006 to contain 36 teams this year, including 12 women’s teams. The tournament takes a 7 a side touch format and since last year has had both men’s and women’s tournaments.
Edinburgh have signed hooker Steven Lawrie once again to their team to strengthen it. The 27-year-old hooker left for Championship side Doncaster Knights in 2009 after four seasons in Edinburgh.
Lawrie's form last season earned him Scotland A appearances against USA Eagles and Italy A. The Free Rugby Bet website have him down at 5/2 to make the first team.
"I've stayed a fan of Edinburgh while I've been away so it's great to get the chance to come back," he said.
Many beach rugby teams have been invited to enter into the tournament that is going to be extremely special. Eight tournaments have been planned in Yorkshire and the North East, with the finishing places in each of the competitions counting towards an overall winner.
Prizes will be awarded for the winners of each tournament and to the overall winner with the best composite tally from all events played in.
The tournaments are limited to 25 teams per event, with each squad consisting of 10 people aged over 18. Teams are of six players and the entry fee is £40 per team.
Balmy Beach rugby is all set to begin on May 28 at the Ashbridges Bay field. They came close last year with the men's premier team ousted in double overtime in the McCormick Cup semifinals.
The men's second team came even closer, although suffering an untimely loss in the Gee Gage Cup championship after winning every regular season game.
The club, however, did take some consolation in its second straight club championship, which is basically awarded to the club with the best overall performance of its men's teams.
More than 500 players will take part in the inaugural AirAsia Hong Kong Beach 5s at Repulse Bay from March 19-20.
The two-day event will feature 32 men's and 12 women's teams as well as 24 junior mini-rugby teams.
Beach rugby is an exciting shortened version of rugby that is becoming increasingly popular around the world, with major events held in France, Italy and the United States. At 30 meters by 20 meters, the field is a fraction of the size of a standard rugby pitch, with fewer players, shorter matches and a simplified scoring system.
Dear rugby fans!
We kindly inform you that RFC Ris organizes traditional, 11th, international Beach rugby tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Tournament will be organized on Saturday, 14th of June 2011 and there is still time to register your team for the tournament.
Standard beach rugby rules apply (10 players per team (5 on the pitch, 5 substitutions), no kicking, bear foot, great sand, lots of fun…).
Meal, presentations and cold drink(s) provided after the tournament.
Admission fee is 100€ per team, accommodation available in hotel or camp next to the pitch.
Dear rugby enthusiasts, fans, clubs and supporters!
Are you still hesitating?
Number of registered teams is still growing and as it seems, we have exceeded magical boundary of 10 participants!
As it looks like there is lots of interest, but for beautifully rounded number of 12, we would need just one last team!
Are you sure you know what will you do after the tournament?
»Thats easy of course, I`ll grab a beer!«
No, you all rugby oriented animal, you will prepare your team for a Lignano beach rugby tournament (July 21-22)!!!: