SOME of the world’s top tag rugby players are to travel to Limerick to take part in the annual Pig ‘n Porter event in Old Crescent this July.
Up to five teams are to travel all the way from Australia, while a large number from the UK and France are expected to take part in the event, comfortably among the world’s biggest such competitions.
In all at least 70% of the 130 teams taking part are expected to come from outside Limerick, with a huge percentrage coming from Dublin to participate.
Organiser Padraic O’Connor told the Limerick Leader that two large groups of tag-mad Aussies are to travel to Limerick for the July 14 event, which is continually growing its reputation after eleven years in operation.
“There are two groups coming from Australia; one group of two teams who play tag to a high level but are looking to host their own tag tournament and heard that the Pig ‘n Porter is the event to learn from,” he explained.
“The second group from Australia consists of three teams, one social and two serious, the latter who are using this as a warm-up to the Tag Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in December,” he added.
Indeed many of the top Australian players involved in the Tag Rugby International Cup are to play in Old Crescent in July.
“We will show them around Limerick and it is very good for us to get them over here,” said Mr O’Connor. “The overseas element of the competition is really taking off and it is a good time to raise our profile and that of the city,” he added.
A huge number of hotel bednights are expected in Limerick as a result of the large numbers travelling for the Pig ‘n Porter, which played host to more than 2,000 players and the same number again at the after-party in Rosbrien last year.
“Since its inception, we’ve had more than 13,000 participants and we’re delighted to be a permanent fixture on Limerick’s sporting calendar,” said Mr O’Connor.
A 9,000 square foot marquee will cater for the crowds and host live music acts at the event.
Registration is open now on www.tagrugby.ie.