Snow rugby



Snow rugby refers to forms of
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that are especially adapted to be played in winter conditions, particularly in deep snow. It is played in Canada, the Kashmir region in India,National Snow Rugby Championship begins in Kashmir
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, Russia, the northern United States, and Finland. Specific locations of play include the Argentinian Ski Resort of Las Leñas and the Boitsfort Rugby Club in Brussels. Because of the cold, and often subzero, temperatures at which snow rugby is played, players must dress warmly.


Rugby union is predominantly played during the winter months and it has been played in extremely cold conditions. In 1939 a
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game in New Zealand was played in the snow and in 1978 a game in Russia was played at .Cain, Nick & Growden, Greg "Chapter 21: Ten Peculiar Facts about Rugby" in ''Rugby Union for Dummies'' (2nd Edition), p295 (pub: John Wiley and Sons,
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More recently games have been organised to be played in the snow. In 2009,
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hosted India's first ever snow rugby tournament in
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and it was included in the 2008 Indian Winter Games as a demonstrative event. During the
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Mount Dobson hosted a "20 Below Rugby in the Snow" seven-a-side tournament. Tournaments have also been held in Finland, France, Latvia, and Argentina. The first European Championships were held in Moscow from 21 to 22 November 2019. Eight teams of each sex took part in it.2019 - RUGBY EUROPE SNOW RUGBY EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Rugby Europe Snow Rugby European Championship



See also

* Beach rugby, a form designed to be played on sand. * Snow golf


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