Golden Oldies 2018
Golden Oldies Rugby made its second visit to Christchurch for the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018.
The Golden Oldies Rugby Festival was previously held in the city in 1995 and was one of the biggest Festivals in Golden Oldies history. It's no surprise that we should return, after all Christchurch is one of the great rugby hubs of the world. Numerous All Blacks have come out of the region including the recently-retired, two-time Rugby World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw, and the greatest points scorer in international rugby, Dan Carter. Christchurch is also home of the famed Super Rugby side, the Canterbury Crusaders. Golden Oldies participants visited the city for the Festival had the chance to see the Crusaders in action as part of their stay.
Golden Oldies is not intended to be competitive and rules are in place to ensure older players are not subjected to tackles. No scores will be recorded or published and the only prizes awarded will be special end-of-event novelty prizes.
Team players aged 35 and over, come along with their partners who are every bit as important to the event as the players. Many outstanding friendships have been formed over the years through the Festivals. The first Festival was held in Auckland in 1979 but has subsequently been hosted in Long Beach (California), London, Sydney, Cape Town, Toulouse, Vancouver, Dublin, Mar del Plata, Adelaide, Perth and Cardiff in 2016.