Sun, sea, sand and scrums are the alluring prospects for thousands of Rugby aficionados just one year after the kickoff of the game’s official Holy Grail in New Zealand.
The United States’ sunshine state has been named as the venue for the fifth World Vintage Rugby Carnival which takes place in September, 2012 just 12 months after New Zealand hosts Rugby World Cup 2011.
Carnival Co-Ordinator Paul Gleeson of Vintage Sport and Leisure expects teams from Canada, New Zealand, the USA, Ireland, England, Spain, France, Germany, South America, Australia and South Africa to be in Hawaii for the big event.
Gleeson described Vintage Rugby as a rapidly growing international movement for Rugby players over the age of 35. Previous carnivals have been staged in Limerick (2004), Buenos Aires (2006), Christchurch (2008) and Cape Town (2010).
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.
Mr Gleeson said the four previous carnivals had set a platform for strong international growth. The growth was based on Vintage Rugby’s ability to continue to offer an opportunity for mature rugby players to travel to popular destinations in the name of rugby, to meet new and old friends in a relaxing, social non-competitive and well-organised environment which will deliver what they want from a rugby experience. Games in Hawaii will be played at the famous Queen Kapiolani Park, just a stone’s throw from the beaches of Waikiki. Full details have been finalized and are available on the Vintage Rugby website www.vintagerugby.com.