As the 2011 Rugby World Cup kicked into action in New Zealand veteran rugby teams from all over the world continued to enter in large numbers for the fifth World Vintage Rugby Carnival being held in Hawaii from September 23-30, 2012.
12 months before the start of the Carnival, organizers have already confirmed 40 teams and over 1100 participants from 11 countries (USA, Australia, New Zealand, Bahamas, Argentina, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil and England). Australia, New Zealand and the USA lead the way with 12, 7 and 7 teams respectively.
Recent entries received include Clube de Rugby de Juromenha (Portugal), Moravian Eagles (Czech Republic), Hokonui 3 stars, Suburbs Marauders, Burnside Battlers, Stuffed Hawkes, Upper Hutt Yellowbellies and Canterbury Baa Baas (all New Zealand), ACT Veterans, Killara West Pymble Limping Leos and Cairns Old Crocs (all Australia), Cracked Conchs (Bahamas), JHB Bobbies (South Africa), Harlequin Gentlemen (England), Keep Walking Rugby Club (Brazil), MARS (Mid Atlantic Rugby Side) and Hawaii Harlequins (USA).
The Carnival offers two sections for men: 35 to 45 and 46 years and over. The Carnival Rules and playing conditions will ensure all teams are offered the chance to play rugby as competitively as they wish against like-minded teams from around the world.
The seven day carnival includes three playing days, two major functions, an optional midweek trip and a comprehensive sightseeing and activity programme which is unique to Hawaii. Games in Hawaii will be played on specially prepared pitches at the famous Queen Kapiolani Park under majestic Diamond Head, just a stone’s throw from the beaches of Waikiki.
Full details are available on the Vintage Rugby website www.vintagerugby.com
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Further details from: Paul Gleeson –