Beach Rugby Festival

The Royal Navy Rugby Union will host the annual Beach Rugby Festival on Weymouth Beach, Dorset on Wednesday 19th July 2017.

Not missing the opportunity for some sun, sea and Navy Rugby, coming from far and wide we currently have 9 teams taking part in the competition which will test their skills on the sand.

The festival will encompass both Men’s and Women’s competitions, and is open to anyone currently serving within the Royal Navy/Royal Marines (including Reservist and University Units).

Men’s Competition (Contact) - each Unit may enter a maximum of two teams comprising of 10 players. Team members are to be borne on their respective team’s Unit, thus conforming to the eligibility rules laid out as per BR 51 (Vol 4) Chapter 3. All players are to be registered at the start of the competition. Download Competition Laws.

Women’s Competition (Tag Rugby) - ‘Pitch up and Play’, this competition is designed as an introduction to the game of rugby. Women are invited to turn up and play or if numbers permit enter as a team from a Unit (maximum of 10 players). Individuals will be placed in teams on the day. A fun coaching session will take place prior to the competition commencing. A full explanation will be given on the day during the coaching session.

Don’t miss out, there is still time to enter a team - closing date for entries is Monday 17th July 2017. Download entry form.

Further Information

View the Festival Plan

Team Brief
All teams/players are to be registered at the event organiser’s tent prior to the Team Manager’s brief, which will be held at 1100 on the day of the event. All teams are to ensure that a team representative attends the team brief. It is the responsibility of the Team Manager to ensure their team is in the right place at the right time ensuring the programme is adhered to. The competition formats will be finalised when all entries are known.

All male players shall wear a tear-resisting rugby top with the players’ number clearly shown, and suitable shorts for contact rugby. T-shirts are not permitted and players shall have the option of playing in bare feet or wearing socks. Due to the women's competition being non-contact, players are entitled to wear T-Shirt or Vest, shorts and the option of playing in bare feet or wearing socks.

Scoring is by means of grounding the ball in the in-goal area only to score a Try. Each Try is worth one point and there are no goal kicks after a Try. In the event of a draw during the knock-out stage, a sudden death play-off will be played.

Match Officials for the competition will be provided by the Royal Navy Rugby Referees Society. Teams may be required to provide a Touch Judge for each of their games. A full set of Officials will be provided for the Final.

The following prizes will be presented on completion of the afternoon’s event:
a. Winning Finalists - Individual Prizes
b. Final Runners Up - Individual Prizes
c. Officials & Players Memento

Refreshments are available for purchase within the vicinity of the festival on the beach throughout the day. Fresh drinking water is accessible for all players and officials on the beach.

All teams are required to provide their own pitch side First Aid (RFU Regulation 9). In addition, players are advised to bring/use sun cream/protection.

Kick off times may change at short notice and should all teams/players arrive early, the start of the competition will be brought forward. Should anyone have any questions regarding this competition please contact the event organiser, Mr A Cherrington (RN RDO)

Images Royal Navy Rugby Union (c) Jamie Campbell-Baldwin

The 2017 Royal Navy Rugby Union Beach Rugby Festival is sponsored by QinetiQ 


HMS Sultan defending hard against HMS Seahawk at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
The University students try to teach HMS Collingwood a thing or two at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
HMNB Portsmouth get to grips with HMS Seahawk at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
Determined to hold on, HMNB Portsmouth v HMS Seahawk at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
The University Units against HMNB Portsmouth at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
HMNB Portsmouth score against HMS Sultan at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
HMS Heron Team Captain proudly lifts the winner's trophy at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
HMS Collingwood Women sprint for the line as HMS Sultan look to defend at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival
Battle of the Bases, HMS Collingwood v HMS Sultan at the 2016 Beach Rugby Festival