Rio theme for beach rugby

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2016 marks the 5th anniversary of Turnberry Beach Rugby, and it’s set to be the biggest and best tournament yet, with a Rio theme to celebrate the Olympics.

On Saturday 2nd July, ten women’s and ten men’s teams, including TBR newcomers the Scots Guards, will compete for the title on the sands of Turnberry Bay, with Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and the Firth of Clyde providing the glorious backdrop.

An expected crowd of 1000 will cheer them on.

Beach rugby is a fast and furious abbreviated form of the sport, with five players per team – aided by rolling substitutes – going flat-out for five-minute games.

Its popularity has soared recently, with beach rugby tournaments springing up everywhere from Islay to Mallorca, and TBR is proving to be one of the fastest-growing.

It all kicks off on Friday 1st July, when the campsite opens and the Latin-flavoured party gets started in the marquee.

Some early morning yoga on the beach on the Saturday will get competitors and spectators in shape for the day ahead, before the U18s legacy event gets going.

The men’s and women’s tournaments then get underway in the afternoon, with live music, food from the Mexican Cantina and drinks throughout the day, as well as beach volleyball demonstrations and Elite Pro Dance keeping the crowds entertained.