There was plenty of action and atmosphere on the opening day of the beach rugby in Magalluf today. | Miquel A. Borras

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They began arriving on Thursday, rugby teams from all over Europe for the ninth Majorca Beach Rugby Tournament which kicked off in Magalluf today. Despite the weather, the atmosphere was buzzing and will reach fever pitch today when the final rounds and the finals are played before a packed crowd.

Last year, the event attracted over 3,000 spectators and even more are expected to head down to the beach this year for the tournament, which is organised by former England rugby international Steve Redfern with the support of Suzanne Lyons, the sales and product manager for Viajes Adramar, Calvia Council, the Magalluf and Palmanova Hotel Association and the tourism promotion association.

But it’s not all about rugby. Some great theme nights have been organised for all the participants as the resort is taken over by the tournament for the weekend.

Beach rugby is a fast-moving game suitable for men and women of all ages to play and is becoming extremely popular across the world. Sand, sea and sun all make a great combination to play rugby on one of the softest surfaces. The interchangeable nature of possession, leading to rapid changes from attacking to defending, means that the game is developing and improving a wide range of skills.

But due to the nature of playing on sand, there are some variations to the conventional game of rugby which make it even more exciting to play and also to watch.

Last year’s winners were:
Men’s Cup – Fergie’s Furies
Men’s Plate – Topless the Queen
Men’s Shield - Jagerbombers
Men’s Wooden Spoon - Bremen 2
Ladies Cup – Moody Cows
Ladies Plate – Antlers Ladies
Ladies Shield - Bletchley Breakers
Ladies Wooden Spoon - Girl Friday