supported by IRFU
We are delighted that IMART 2020 will be the biggest tournament to date with 24 men’s teams competing for the overall Winners Trophy as well as the much coveted Spirit Trophy. Each team will get 6 games in total with lots of time for everyone to get involved and right the way up to finals day on Friday competing for Trophy’s and competition placings.
In the year of the 20×20 “If she can see it she can be it” Campaign, IMART 2020 are delighted to be hosting the first ever KPMG sponsored Women’s Mixed Ability Rugby tournament in Cork.
We will see two teams from Spain, El Salvador and UR Almeria, a World Team Harlequeens Latina and Ireland’s first mixed ability women’s rugby team from Ballincollig RFC battle it out for pole position in a round robin tournament format.
IRFU President Nicolas Comyn, looking forward to IMART2020
“As the incoming President of the IRFU for season 2019/20 it gives me great pleasure to support the hosting of the International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament 2020 by Sunday’s Well RFC Rebels in Cork in June 2020.
Having been at a number of launches and mixed ability rugby games there is a great enthusiasm for the Tournament and excitement at the preparations required.
Mixed Ability rugby is a wonderful addition to the global family of Rugby and does not classify levels of ability nor does it identify or separate disabled players into different tiers.
The oldest Mixed Ability team is the Swansea Gladiators who are now in their 26th season.
Sundays Well Rebels are Ireland’s first Mixed Ability team and so it is appropriate that they and Cork are hosting IMART in June 2020.
The Tournament is truly a global event with 12 countries being represented, and an estimated 720 players from 12 teams competing over the 5 days.
The organization of IMART 2020 is already well underway and participants and visitors will receive a true Irish Cead Mile Failte.
The IRFU have witnessed the benefits of Mixed Ability rugby to all involved and it is an integral part of the grassroots of club rugby.
I personally salute all of those volunteers who work so hard for mixed ability rugby and know that they will have a ball at IMART 2020.
Finally on behalf of the IRFU we are looking forward to the Tournament and anticipate a wonderful event.”