Newcastle is set to play host to an exciting rugby-hybrid tournament next month.
The Beach 5s rugby festival, a cross between rugby union, rugby league, and touch football, will come to Newcastle’s iconic Nobbys Beach from 24 to 26 January.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the event was a fantastic way to kick-off to 2021, and a great opportunity for fans in Newcastle to get out-and-about, with many of the city’s major events in 2020 cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“City of Newcastle is supporting Beach 5s Australia Day Festival 2021 with $30,000 in sponsorship from the Major Event Development Fund,” she said.
“We are thrilled that Newcastle is the first NSW location to host the new hybrid football tournament and Nobbys Beach offers an idyllic vantage point for spectators to soak up all the excitement of the City’s Australia Day long weekend programme.”
Beach 5s is a five-a-side, fast paced and contact-based iteration of the game, with no line-outs, scrums, or conversions.
The event was held on the Gold Coast in 2019, and January’s Newcastle outing will be the debut of Beach 5s in NSW.
Event director Peter Hickey said last year’s event was a roaring success, adding he was excited to bring the entertainment to Newcastle.
“Newcastle is very passionate about sport so it will be great to see the tournament bring that level of excitement and the great atmosphere to Nobbys Beach,” he said.
“Newcastle can expect an exciting weekend with lots of entertainment, music, sport and their favourite league and union players.
“Beach 5s Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in Europe, so to have it in Newcastle next year is really exciting.”
Beach 5s Rugby is set to be headlined by a whole host of stars, including Newcastle Knights legends Danny Buderus and Robbie O’Davis, as well as Willie Mason, Owen Craigie, and two-time NRL Premiership winner Lote Tuqiri.
Visit Beach Rugby Australia’s website for more information regarding registration for the event’s social tournament.