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Aqua Rugby Challenges Traditional Sports Model

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new, two-day sporting competition, Aqua Rugby, has been announced, set to take place at Manly in New South Wales on 5-6 November.

As part of the competition, a floating pitch will be the centrepiece arena, with the invitational tournament to host a number of top professional men and women rugby athletes.

The event has already secured major financial backing from the local government in an effort to boost Sydney’s local economy, along with locking in 26 corporate sponsors and partners to date.

Speaking on the launch of the competition, Aqua Rugby founder and CEO, Jimmy Galvin said: “We’re incredibly proud to have a diverse range of teams, ranging from a First-Nations Indigenous side to the Sydney Convicts gay and inclusive team, to squads from the Defence Forces.”

“It’s an exciting mix of teams for such a unique tournament that showcases the brilliant diversity of rugby union,” Galvin said.

A major drawcard for the competition is the replacement of traditional rugby grandstands with a fleet of superyachts across the Manly Cove, something Galvin said will provide a large injection of funds for the local economy.

“With Manly being hit so hard by COVID, it’s so important for us to inject funds directly into the local economy and secure a day on the Sydney calendar which will bring the masses to the Northern Beaches to take part in this unique Aqua Rugby Festival,” Galvin said.

“The beauty is whilst there are VIP Superyacht packages, you can also enjoy the tournament for free with great viewing from the shoreline,” he said.