Hebridean Island Hosts Festival of Rugby Spirit

The Hebridean whisky island of Islay hosts the hottest invitation in the Scottish rugby social calendar this weekend, the celebrated Islay Beach Rugby festival.

The bright white sands of Kilnaughton Bay will witness 34 teams from all over Scotland – and as far as Milan – play the most lung-busting version of rugby ever devised.

A fine mix of prime athletes – brawny local famers & stalkers, aspiring club players, professional premier league rugby men, ex internationals – even a few British Lions – will get their kit on and boots off, to compete barefoot.

The army, navy and airforce are represented, alongside university teams, regional clubs and a few “Barbarian” composite distillery sides.

For the Italian side, Bogia Nen (“stand and deliver!”), it is their first tour overseas. The team’s name derives from the heroic last stand of the outnumbered Italian forces fighting the invading Napoleonic armies, “like you Scots against the Eeenglish”, says skipper Mathieu Coppo.

Scottish Rugby Union president, Ian McLauchlan, the Mighty Mouse of the all conquering 1971 Lions team, will be taking a break from the recent tribulations surrounding the governance of the SRU to attend the festival. 

The competition, sponsored by Islay distiller Bruichladdich, is, says MD Mark Reynier, “a total celebration of rugby and its social values” which will take place on Saturday 11th June at Port Ellen from 12.00 to 18.00.

All welcome, families too: bring bucket and spade. 

 

Mens Teams

 

 

Ardbeg Distillery

Lochaber

Jordanhill Phoenix

Cartha Queen's Park

Falkirk

Strathmore

Islay RFC A

Trinity Muir

Stewart's Melville

Islay RFC  B

Oban

Hillhead/Jordanhill

Kilchoman Distillery

Bogia Nen

Mid Argyll

Moffat

HMS Vanguard

Army Air Corp

Strathendrick

Aberdeen University

Dundee University

Bruichladdich Distillery

Atholl Highlanders

Agriwheel Dumfries

 

 

Ladies Teams

 

 

Dunedin Quines

Oban

Aberdeen Quines

Watsonians

Cartha Queen's Park

Florists Selection

Islay RFC

Stirling County

Altrincham Kersal

Hillhead/Jordanhill

 

 

 

 

 


Contact: Mark Reynier
Phone: 07799 346137
Email: mark@bruichladdich.com
Website: http://www.bruichladdich.com