Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival
22 - 29 April 2018
Golden Oldies Rugby will be making its second visit to Christchurch for the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018. The Golden Oldies Rugby Festival was previously held in the city in 1995 and was one of the biggest Rugby Festivals in Golden Oldies history.
It's no surprise that rugby should return, after all Christchurch is one of the great rugby hubs of the world. Numerous All Blacks have come out of the region including the recently-retired, two-time Rugby World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw, and the greatest points scorer in international rugby, Dan Carter.
Christchurch is also home of the famed Super Rugby side, the Canterbury Crusaders. Golden Oldies Rugby participants visiting the city for the Festival may well have the chance to see the Crusaders in action as part of their stay.
Golden Oldies Rugby is not intended to be competitive and rules are in place to ensure older players are not subjected to tackles. No scores will be recorded or published and the only prizes awarded will be special end-of-event novelty prizes.
Teams can be entered with all players aged 35+ along with their partners who are every bit as important to the event as the players. Many outstanding friendships have been formed over the years through the Festivals. The first Festival was held in Auckland in 1979 but has subsequently been hosted in Long Beach (California), London, Sydney, Cape Town, Toulouse, Vancouver, Dublin, Mar del Plata, Adelaide, Perth and Cardiff in 2016.
Check out our teams entered page on the left hand side to see who will be joining you in Christchurch. Their team names say a lot about the fun to be had.
Video Highlights from the last Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival, Cardiff.
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