New Orleans Masters Rugby Tournament switches from spring to fall in 2016

In an effort to provide the best experience possible, the New Orleans Rugby Football Club has made the decision to change the dates of its annual old boys tournament from the spring to the fall. The tourney, officially the New Orleans Masters Rugby Tournament, will be held in City Park in New Orleans, a little over four miles from the French Quarter. The one day tourney will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, which should line up with the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (although that festival date is still TBD). Divisions will include 35+, 45+ and a 55+ exhibition match. Funds raised will benefit NOLA area youth rugby teams.
Why the change?
“As you may be aware, NORFC has sponsored the French Quarter Festival (FQF) Masters Tournament for a number of years in April,’’ writes NORFC’s Dale Thayer. “The FQF has grown so large and combined with other events the same weekend that flights and lodging prices have skyrocketed. We have also heard from many of you that the spring is awkward timing with many club teams in the playoff hunt.
“For this reason, we are moving the old boys fixture to the fall. In the past, we have also held the tournament at our home pitch in Gretna, LA. We have also heard from many that playing within the City of New Orleans would be a better experience. With regard to Old Boys, we agree. The tournament will be moved from this point forward under the historic Live Oak canopy of City Park.”
For more information about the New Orleans Masters Rugby Tournament, contact Thayer at or 504-444-6005.

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