Matches are played across 5 full size pitches. Our Number One and Number Two pitches are among the best in Ireland, with views over rolling countrside and perfectly manicured, level surfaces. The Number One pitch is central to all facilities at the event and those in the Club Pavilion will enjoy a grandstand view of matches on this pitch.
Sevens rules apply, 7 minutes each way. Teams have at least a 20 minute rest period between matches. All matches are overseen by fully qualified referees.
Is a fun day for teams arriving early who want a stretch after their journey (give the prop forward a run!). Whilst there are no structured competitions this day, there are some informal 10-a-side competitions available, and 15-a-side for Vets, with a kick off at approximately 4pm. The bar opens around that time, and the various food sellers will be testing their fayre. This is a great opportunity to meet other teams, have a look around before the spectators arrive, collect your wristbands and generally prepare for the Saturday and Sunday competition days.
At 10.00 am (and that's sharp, we have over 150 matches to schedule across the two days!) the first pool plays in the four competitions kick off, followed by the knockout stages later in the afternoon. The Vets 10's matches will also be played this day, allowing some rest time on Sunday for the old codgers! There will be trophies and prizes presented at the end of the day for the Elite, Ladies and Vets competitions. Play ends at around 6.00pm, depending on number of teams entered. The bar in the Main Marquee opens around 12pm with music and fun all day, and there is a wonderful choice of food available from 10am onwards in the Food Marquee. The Main Marquee stays open until around 8pm at which time players make their way back into the town for rest or further entertainment.
Kicking off again at 10.00am sharp, this day heralds the main competitions with the biggest prizes. There is the Heineken Elite competition, separate from the Saturday competition. Also playing Sunday are the Ladies (Sunday) competition, and the Open and Social Mens knockouts, finals and plate competition. Play ends usually around 6pm, again depending on number of teams entered. The Plate competition in the Open & Social section, together with trophies for the winners, ensures that teams at all levels of skills and fitness have something to play for. Followed on Sunday night by the festival club at a venue in Kinsale town - tickets are limited.
A note on timing - many have commented in the past on the efficiency of the tournament, how if you have match scheduled for (say) 2pm it will kick off at 2pm. If your team doesn't turn up at your allotted time then you cede the match and lose the points. With over 90 teams on the prowl it cannot work any other way. Our regular players and team managers really appreciate this, and as we have been running the competition for many years now we take pride in our close control of matches and start times. As you would expect at any event of this size, we have full First Aid and physiotherapy services on site across the weekend. Our wristband and drinks voucher schemes ensure that we comply with the law whilst enhancing the enjoyment of the event for players and spectators. All participants must be over 18 years of age and a member of a rugby club.
Kinsale 7's strongly encourages Elite Mens teams to enter this prestigious competition. Generally, we would expect Elite Men’s teams to consist of National league players, and either already or planning to compete on the 7s circuit. Kinsale 7s is a great starting point for 7s teams aspiring to join the 7s circuit. If you wish to enter an Elite Mens team, please contact the tournament director at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. If you have contacted us and been approved for entry, please enter your team via this link
With separate competitions on Saturday and Sunday, this section is for those Ladies teams who want to experience competitive rugby. Open teams will compete in separate Saturday competitions, and come together on Sunday to compete for the separate Ladies Open Cup competition.
This is for those Ladies teams who wish to enjoy the festival and play some rugby on both Saturday and Sunday. Social teams play in pools on Saturday, and pool winners will go through to a knockout Ladies Social Cup on Sunday. There is a Plate competition on Sunday for those who do not qualify for the Cup competition.
This men’s competition is intended for those teams who wish to enjoy a competitive standard of 7’s rugby and cash prizes are available to the top 4 placed teams. The competition takes place over the Saturday and Sunday, with pool play on Saturday and knockout sections on Sunday.
This men’s competition is for teams who travel to Kinsale primarily to enjoy the festival atmosphere and play some enjoyable 7’s rugby. Fancy dress and imaginative team strip are encouraged in this section. There is a trophy for the winners and a prize donated by the tournament director. Competition will be structured depending upon the number of teams entered.
|Prize Money||Winners||2nd Place||3rd / 4th||5, 6, 7, 8th|
|Elite Mens||€4,000||€3,000 (Trophy / Medals)||€1,000 (Medals)||-||-|
|Ladies Open Cup||€2,000||€1,000 (Trophy / Medals)||€500 (Medals)||€250||-|
|Mens Open Cup||€2,000||€1,000 (Trophy / Medals)||€500 (medals)||€250||-|
|Mens Social Cup||-||Trophy / Medals||-||-||-|
|Ladies Social Cup||-||Trophy / Medals||-||-||-|
Entry Fee : €380 to enter your team of 12 players and one manager.
Team Pack - Once your team application is accepted, your team representative will receive login details to access the team administration section of our website. Once logged in your representative will be able to download team match schedules and create lists of travelling personnel to pre-order event wrist bands which will save your party a lot of time on arrival to the event.
On arrival at the venue - All team managers must visit the control booth in the Entrance Marquee to collect your Weekend Pack and register your arrival. This pack contains meal vouchers, competition vouchers, details of your matches and start times, and any last minute changes to the schedule.
To avoid queuing at the event, players may register in advance by completing the travelling personnel list in the team management section. Your team managers may organise this for their players. Pre-prepared wristbands can then be collected directly from the Entrance Marquee upon arrival by showing valid ID. If you are arriving on the Friday this is an excellent opportunity to complete all your administrative tasks so you are free to enjoy the competition on Saturday and Sunday.