The Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival will attract more than 120 rugby teams from 25 countries to the Welsh capital, according to organisers, Vintage Sport & Leisure (VSL).
From August 21 to 28, the bumper rugby festival will see men and women taking part in rugby matches to suit a range of playing abilities. The events will also showcase the vital support of the wider rugby network including team managers, referees, volunteers and supporters.
Principality Stadium will provide the stage for the opening ceremony on Sunday 21 August, after the ‘Parade of Nations’ which sees teams from around the world march the route from Cardiff Castle to the home of welsh sport.
The Cardiff clubs will also be represented on the pitch among 10 Welsh mens, womens and mixed teams.
WRU Head of Participation Ryan Jones welcomed news that the Golden Oldies World Festival is coming to Wales as he met the festival’s organising committee at Principality Stadium where preparations are already well underway for the opening event.
“Rugby knows no age barriers. It is part of our heritage in Wales and the great people at the heart of our rugby communities are men and women of all ages, from players and coaches to those volunteering and supporting their local teams.
“Our reputation as a passionate rugby nation is what has attracted the Golden Oldies to Wales for the 21st Anniversary event. A summer festival is a fantastic opportunity for all the family to get involved and I have no doubt Wales’ rugby family will show our international visitors a warm welsh welcome when the Golden Oldies visitors come to town.”
“I’m delighted that Wales has won the bid to host this fantastic celebration of Rugby and we look forward to extending a Welsh welcome to all countries taking part.”Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates
“Built on the ethos of fun, friendship and fraternity, Golden Oldies Festivals remind us that the soul of sport still resides in the hundreds of thousands of players from many different backgrounds who play games socially for the love of it, promoting respect and understanding in the process.”
“There is no better place than Wales to celebrate the 21st anniversary of this love of the game. It is the foundation of the Golden Oldies movement for the Festival host city to be integral in all aspects of the event. It is what the thousands of visitors are coming to Wales for and we want to make sure they experience a Festival steeped in the traditions of Welsh Rugby and culture.”