THOMOND Park is to play host to some of the “biggest names in club and provincial rugby” with the first Limerick World Club 7s tournament to take place in August.
Teams from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres - including Saracens, New South Wales Waratahs, Stade Français, South Africa’s Blue Bulls and Western Province - will face a Munster Rugby team in the inaugural world club rugby 7s festival to take place in Limerick, with the tournament scheduled for August 9-10.
Overall seven players on 12 teams, from five continents will combine for “one very big party” in Thomond Park in August, according to organisers.
The plan to bring the festival to Limerick has been in train since last summer but is only being announced now, with CEO of Limerick Marketing Company, Eoghan Prendergast, who worked on the plan, warmly welcoming it.
“We have been looking for this type of event in Limerick for some time,” he said.
“We are particularly delighted that, in partnership with World Club 7s, we will be highlighting Limerick’s love affair with sport across a wide of range of audiences around the world.”
The festival will take place a weekend before a World Club 7s event in Twickenham the following weekend, with many of the same teams taking part. Teams from Moscow, Auckland, New York and Vancouver will also travel to Limerick.
Thomond Park boss John Cantwell said the stadium was “delighted to play its part in hosting Limerick World Club 7s this August”.
“This top class event will provide an exciting additional must-see experience to our calendar of events at Thomond Park and will also deliver significant economic and social benefits to Limerick and the region,” he said.
“This tournament has the potential to become one of the leading international 7s rugby competitions in the world on an annual basis and to further endorse Limerick and the region as a hotbed of rugby and a centre of sporting excellence.”
Organisers said Thomond Park was the “ideal venue to facilitate a long-term, world-class event that will bring club 7s and their passionate colourful support from all over the world”.
Matches will run in the stadium from 11.30am both days with daily ticket prices to cover the whole day’s play with special limited ticket offers of kids tickets from €5 per day or €10 per weekend and adults from €12.50 per day and €20 per weekend. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.