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Beach 5s


Sat 25 Jan 2014, 9:00am–9:00pm

Where: Main Beach, Marine Parade, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Team Entry Fee: $100.00
  • Spectators: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Pandy Fruean

Beach rugby is a sport based on both rugby union ad league rules. Recognised by IRB, leagues are common across Europe and the sport is particularly popular in Italy, France and getting across UK over the Summer holidays. Casual games are played across the world using different sets of rules, but organised leagues use a field that is a fraction of the size of a standard rugby field, far fewer players on each team, shorter matches, and a simplified scoring system.

Rules at a glance
- Field Dimensions
The size of a beach rugby field depends on the decision of the league. The field is between 31 x 25 metres, wide, and the in-goals are 3 metres deep. There are no goalposts on the field, and the lines are usually marked with some sort of tape or rope.

- Number of Players
5 players are allowed on the field for one team at once. Between 3 and 7 reserves are allowed, again, depending on the league. Substitutions are often done when ball off play like Sevens.

- The Ball
A size 4 ball instead of size 5 is used.

- Scoring
Most leagues use a "one try, one point" scoring system, since there are no goalposts on the field. Occasionally, a sudden-death extra time period is used to resolve matches drawn at the end of regulation, but not all leagues use this rule.

- Timing
Leagues use either two 5 minute halves (with a 1 or 3 minute interval for halftime) as the length of a single match. Extra time may be played if the league calls for it.