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IX Bilbao Hiria International Tournament: A celebration of grassroots rugby

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Jesus Carames

May 18, 2024 | 10:00 a.m.

The Bilbao Rugby University Club organizes a new edition of the Bilbao Hiria International Tournament for the base categories of the rugby school. This event, which is now in its ninth edition, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the Rekalde facilities, “El Fango”. The tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to end at 18:00 p.m., followed by the prize giving, raffles, and a grand closing party.

The main objective of the Bilbao Rugby University Club is for all participants to enjoy a fantastic day of rugby, putting into practice the values ​​learned throughout the season. This event not only thanks the young players for their dedication, but also seeks to give visibility to rugby in Bizkaia and promote it as an educational instrument in healthy values ​​and habits.

History and evolution of the Universitario Bilbao Rugby

In June 2000, the merger between the Universitario XV Rugby Taldea and the Bilbao Rugby Club took place, initially creating the UPV/EHU Universitario Bilbao. A year later, in 2001, it adopted the name by which it is known today: Universitario Bilbao Rugby. Since then, the club has grown significantly, establishing itself as one of the most important rugby entities in the region.

Currently, Universitario Bilbao Rugby has a senior men's team in the Honor Division B, two senior teams in the Basque League, a women's team in the Basque League and teams in the Under 18 and Under 16 categories. The club is also proud of its Inclusive Team, the Lamiak UBR (made up of mothers of players of all categories) and its veteran team. In total, the club manages more than 500 sports licenses, a number that has been increasing since the merger.

A club committed to training and the community

The Bilbao Rugby University Club has more than 400 members, many of them former players who are now dedicated to training and helping in the various activities organized by the club. This active and committed community is key to the continued development of the club and its ability to organize large-scale events such as the Bilbao Hiria International Tournament.

The Bilbao Hiria International Tournament is an excellent opportunity for young players to demonstrate their talent and passion for rugby. Furthermore, it is an event that encourages coexistence, respect and cooperation, essential values ​​both in sport and in life.

Event details and expectations

The tournament will take place at the Rekalde facilities, “El Fango”, known for its excellent infrastructure for playing rugby. The matches will begin at 10:00 in the morning and will last until 18:00 p.m., when the awards ceremony will take place. This festive day will culminate with raffles and a closing celebration, ensuring a memorable closing for all attendees.

The intention of the Bilbao Rugby University Club is that this tournament serves as a boost for rugby in Bizkaia, promoting the sport among young people and the community in general. Through sports practice, we seek to instill values ​​such as discipline, teamwork and respect, contributing to the comprehensive development of the participants.

Invitation to the community

The Bilbao Rugby University Club invites the entire community to attend and support the young players in the IX Bilbao Hiria International Tournament. This event promises to be a great celebration of grassroots rugby and a unique opportunity to enjoy a day full of sport, fun and camaraderie.

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