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What rugby enthusiast could turn down sun, sea, sand and rugby? The RNRU World Cup Initiative commissioned the RNRU Beach Rugby Festival in celebration to the Rugby World Cup. The inaugural Beach Festival was held last year and was a huge success. The rugby played on Weymouth beach was fun, fast-paced and exciting, creating an extremely popular spectacle with players and spectators alike. And to cap it all, the sun shone all day. Click here to view the report from the day.

The 2015 RNRU Beach Festival will be hosted on Weymouth Beach, Dorset, on Wed 15 Jul 15. The festival will encompass both a Men’s and Women’s competition. With each game lasting 8 minutes, the Beach Festival is a five-a-side full contact tournament for men, tag for women, with rolling subs; and the subs will be needed given the sheer pace and physicality of every match, not to mention the heat!

Men’s Competition (Contact) - Each Naval Service Unit may enter a maximum of 2 teams comprising of 10 players. Team members are to be borne on their respective team’s Unit.

Women’s Competition (Tag Rugby) – ‘Pitch up and Play’, this competition is designed as an introduction to the game of rugby. Service Women players 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.

Played on beach pitches and watched by an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of locals and holiday makers, the results of the pool stages determine the schedule for the knock out stage and the ‘Cup’ and ‘Plate’ Competitions, ensuring all teams achieved a full day’s rugby.

Your support as a player or supporter is very welcome on this fun day of rugby on Weymouth Beach. Closing date for entries will be Mon 13 Jul 15.

For further details: contact your local PT Staff; see the Rugby Development Officer’s Memorandum 04/15; or contact the Rugby Development Officer, Mr Ady Cherrington: adycherrington@rfu.com

Article by: Mark Walker
Image: Crown Copyright / Clare Harris