Middle Aged Ruggers Invited to Play in 2019 World Vintage Rugby Carnival

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 9:00 am to Sun Nov 17, 2019, 5:00 pm

2019 World Vintage Rugby Carnival

MARS (The Middle Aged Rugby Side) from the Mid-Atlantic is looking for players to join them at 2019 World Vintage Rugby Carnival in the Fiji Islands on November 10-17, 2019. 

2019 World Vintage Rugby Carnival will host 30 teams with three matches guaranteed.

Interested in joining MARS in Fiji? Contact Tour Coordinator Jason Ulikowski at jason [dot] ulikowskiatgmail [dot] com for more information.

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Program Overview

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Teams arrive and make their way to their selected Festival accommodation on Denarau Island. Teams will register at the HQ Hotel and the Team Managers meeting will take place at 1.30pm at a venue to be advised. Mid-afternoon teams will gather at Sandy Point, Sheraton Fiji Resort for the Opening Ceremony and then enjoy the Welcome Party featuring finger foods, an open bar for beer, wine, juices and entertainment.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Morning transfer to Churchill Park Rugby in Lautoka approximately, 40 minutes’ drive from Denarau for the first day of fixtures. With three rugby fields this great facility hosts international rugby matches such as the Pacific Nations Cup and the Pacific Rugby Cup as well as local rugby competition such as the Colonial Cup and Sanyo Cup.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

A day of rest and relaxation in and around Denarau, Nadi with the opportunity to do any of a number of optional tours.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Morning departure for the second day of fixtures at Churchill Park, and once again a great venue for Vintage Rugby with food and beverage available right throughout the day. Evening free to explore and enjoy restaurants and bars in and around Nadi.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

A day of rest and relaxation in and around Denarau, Nadi with the opportunity to do any of a number of optional tours. 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Morning transfer for the third day of fixtures at Churchill Park, and once again a great venue for Vintage Rugby with food and beverage available right throughout the day. Evening free to explore and enjoy restaurants and bars in and around Nadi.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

A day of leisure with the opportunity to do more sightseeing, a bit of shopping or just relax by the pool. Early evening teams will meet at the Sheraton Hotel for the Finale Awards Dinner and Dance. A buffet meal, open bar for beer and wine. Good entertainment will ensure a great Vintage Rugby Party to equal anything we have enjoyed previously.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Time to extend your stay, why not have a few days out on one of the many Fiji Islands or head for home after a great week of Vintage Rugby, social events, eating, drinking and mixing and mingling.

About MARS Rugby

MARS Rugby was formed in the USA in 1977 and is comprised of ruggers age 35 & up. 

MARS toured the United Kingdom in 1977 with over 100 players. While the victories on the field were few, it was off the field they truly excelled. In January 1973, MARS took the pitch against the mighty New Zealand All-Blacks, where they won. In 1985, J. Anthony Studdy (aka Tony) entered the MARS team in the London Golden Oldies Rugby Festival.

Since then, MARS has been represented at every World GORF with the exception of Wellington in 2006.