2016 Irish Jugger Tournament
The Irish International Jugger Tournament will be held on the 20th-21st of August at Wanderers Rugby Club in Ballsbridge, featuring over 25 teams from three different continents.
Spectators are welcome and it is a free event.
Jugger is a fast paced, unisex field sport that combines elements of rugby and fencing. Players and teams from Ireland, Spain, German, Australia, America and Canada will gather in Dublin this August to compete and display their skill in this unique and exciting new sport.
This tournament also marks the 10 year anniversary of Jugger in Ireland and as such will be a great weekend for both competition and celebration. Attendance is free and spectators are encouraged to come and enjoy the event and experience – which will include a barbecue, after-party and other events taking place during the week of the tournament.
First depicted in the 1989 movie Salute of the Jugger (written by David Peoples – writer of Blade Runner), the sport features two teams of five competing to move “the skull” down a 40x20m pitch armed with padded weapons. One player on each team, known as the Runner, is unarmed and is the only one capable of scoring. The other four players, known as Enforcers, must use their weapons and tactics to push back the opposing team and open up a route for their Runner to score. If the Runners come into contact with each other, they are allowed tackle and wrestle each other for possession of the skull.
Since in the original movie the game was played using a dog skull, the ball we use is always referred to as The Skull and is often a foam replica designed in that shape.
Jugger as a sport has grown in popularity quite rapidly since it’s inception and is now played competitively in 23 countries across five continents. Over the last decade Ireland has been very active in the international Jugger community; taking part in numerous tournaments around the world. We have been represented at competitions in Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the US as well as several events held in Ireland itself. With over 25 teams currently registered to compete at the Irish Tournament, it’s shaping up to be the largest jugger tournament ever hosted in Ireland.
To find out more about the sport itself and Jugger in Ireland please look at the rest of our website. To learn more about the Irish Tournament please feel free to contact us or visit the event page on Facebook.
Registration will take place in Jugger Turniere website.