Thousands to flock to Limerick for Tag Rugby World Cup starting tonight

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Two thousand tag rugby players, officials and supporters will be in Limerick today (Tuesday, August 1, 2023) from across 17 nations for the Tag World Cup. 

The tournament is expected to be worth up to €5 million to the local economy and this is the first international tag federation world cup to take place in the Northern Hemisphere. 

The opening ceremony, including a nations parade, will start at 7pm this evening in Maguire’s Pitch in the University of Limerick. 

The first match will be tonight at 9pm between Ireland and Australis in the Men’s 30’s and between South Africa and Great Britain in the Mixed Open. 

85 teams from around the globe will descend on Limerick for the event with 350 matches across ten pitches over the course of four days. 

The world cup will close on Saturday with a closing festival in Limerick’s Medieval Quarter. 

Peadar Niland, Tournament Director, Irish Tag Rugby Association, said “After almost five years of preparation, we’re delighted to finally welcome the world’s best players to Limerick for the 2023 Tag World Cup. This will be the first World Cup with a ‘Tag Village’ where the pitches, accommodation and facilities are all within walking distance for players, referees and officials, which is a huge advantage in terms of logistics and delivering a world-class atmosphere.”

Simon Bewley, International Tag Federation Board Member, added “With a huge contingent travelling to Limerick from the Southern Hemisphere, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Irish public to see the best taggers in the world compete. So make sure to drop down to UL over the course of the tournament and be part of something special!”

Limerick’s success in winning the bid was first announced in 2019 with the Tag World Cup due to take place in 2021 but, because of the pandemic, the tournament was rescheduled for 2023.

The joint bid was led by the UL Conference and Sports Campus and the Irish Tag Rugby Association, with the support of Limerick City & County Council, Failte Ireland and the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau.

This will be the first time a northern hemisphere country will host the Tag Rugby World Cup. The three previous International Tag Federation World Cups were held in New Zealand (2012) and Australia (2015, 2018).

For a full schedule, see below; 

Tuesday 1st August:

·18:30 Assembly of Nations/Teams/Players for Opening Ceremony

·19:00 Start of Nations Parade with 17 nations

·19:45 Musical & Dance Performance and Speeches by Invited Guests, including the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick

·20:30 Tag World Cup 2023 is officially declared open

·21:00 First two matches of Tag World Cup 2023 kick off simultaneously on Pitches 1 & 2 and are live streamed around the world

·21:45 Opening Ceremony ends when both matches are completed

Wednesday 2nd August:

·92 games to be played across 10 pitches

·First round of matches start at 09:00

·Last round of matches start at 20:00

Thursday 3rd August:

·99 games to be played across 10 pitches

·First round of matches start at 09:00

·Last round of matches start at 20:00

Friday 4th August:

·97 games to be played across 10 pitches

·First round of matches start at 09:00

·Last round of matches start at 21:00

Saturday 5th August:

·55 games to be played across 10 pitches

·First round of matches start at 09:00

·Last round of matches start at 17:00

·Closing Festival in Medieval Quarter from 17:00 until 22:30

 



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