World’s largest tag rugby festival to draw thousands

More than 150 tag rugby teams from Ireland, Britain and as far away as Australia will gather in Limerick from July 10-12 for the 2014 Pig ‘N’ Porter Festival, regarded as the world’s largest tag rugby festival.

Up to 2,500 players and 5,000 visitors will descend on Ireland’s City of Culture for the festival.

Hosted on the grounds of Old Crescent RFC, the 13th annual festival combines sport, food and live music in Ireland’s rugby capital.

Event organiser, Eugene O’Riordan, said this year’s Pig ’N’ Porter Festival has been expanded to include the International Tri Nations Cup between Ireland, Great Britain and the touring Australian Tag Teams.

He said: “As promised when he visited us last year, Perry Haddock of Oz Tag is bringing a number of teams from Australia. The festival gets underway on Thursday, July 10, when the Australian teams take on the Limerick Regional teams winners from the recently held National Tag Rugby blitz. Friday sees teams from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland compete in the International Series. For the first time ever, our Saturday competition has been sold out with the largest ever number of teams in the Festival’s 13-year history playing in the various sections of the competition.”

“We will be continuing to improve the festival experience for our visitors and have a number of new and exciting innovations planned for this year festival. As well as the tag rugby, we will have live bands, entertainment and the legendary Pig n’ Porter Barbecue,” added Mr O’Riordan.

* pignporter.com

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