Rugby World Cup comes to Barry Island
Published 01 July 2015
The Webb Ellis Trophy is visiting Barry Island as part of the first ever Cardiff Blues Beach Rugby Festival, along with Cardiff Blues players.
The inaugural Cardiff Blues Beach Rugby competition will see 18 male teams and six female teams competing on Barry Island beach, with a special Kids Zone set up by Cardiff Blues community coaches to help encourage youngsters to get involved with the sport.
And Rugby World Cup partner Land Rover will also be holding auditions for children ages 7 to 13 to find official mascots for this year’s tournament, the only auditions being held in Wales.
Any hopeful mascots will either have to give a rendition of any national anthem, give an inspirational speech to a team captain, or talk about how they would welcome a visiting nation for the tournament.
The best two entries will then be given a place as an official Rugby World Cup mascot at one of Wales’s pool matches.
The festival, organised by Cardiff Blues and supported by the Vale Council events team, takes place on Barry Island Beach on Saturday 4 July, with auditions starting from 11am.
Cardiff Blues players will also visit at around 12pm on the day to sign autographs and meet their fans.
The trophy itself, carried in a custom built Tour Defender that will carry the trophy for its 100 day tour around the UK and Ireland, will arrive on the Island at around 4pm.