TAS Rugby Carnival

17 - 18 April, 2021

“The thing that strikes you straight away about the carnival is the friendship and spirit amongst a diversity of teams from all over the state and beyond.” – Michael Cheika, Wallabies Coach

The Armidale School Rugby Carnival (TASRC)

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 April, 2021

The Armidale School Rugby Carnival is the largest Under 12s rugby carnival held in Australia. Each year this event attracts over 1000 young rugby enthusiasts and their coaches, along with committed families and supporters, who make the journey to Armidale. In previous years, visitors have travelled from the Sunshine Coast in the north, the NSW Southern Highlands in the south and many coastal and inland centres in between. Armidale’s beautiful autumn colours provide the backdrop to the event, which utilises The Armidale School’s outstanding ovals and facilities.

In 2021 the TASRC will be held over the weekend of 17 & 18 April. Given the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the TASRC has now extended invitations to Under 12 teams from across regional NSW including the Central Coast, Illawarra and Hunter regions. To ensure the safety of our community there will be no interstate teams at the carnival this year. We look forward to business as usual in 2022.

This is a wonderful opportunity for players aged 11 or 12, to experience a regional tour including five games, played over two days. Over the weekend, teams play five competitive games, pooled against teams of matching standard, from across Australia. Team members and supporters enjoy two days of rugby in the beautiful city of Armidale, located in the New England region of New South Wales. Armidale, Australia’s highest city is approximately five hours from both Brisbane and Sydney on the New England Highway. In 2021 due to the smaller carnival size being NSW only this year, all teams will be accommodated at TAS. The all-inclusive TASRC package for team members is great value and includes: accommodation and meals for the weekend, comprehensive insurance, a team photograph and a carnival cap.

The focus of the TASRC is on sportsmanship, and the highly coveted Canterbury Team of the Carnival award is presented each year to the team displaying outstanding performance and sportsmanship on, and off, the field.

Each year we look forward to welcoming the visiting teams, along with the many families and supporters that flock to Armidale over the carnival weekend.

All enquiries for this event should be directed to the TASRC Administrator, Mrs Gaye Piper on 0410 924 191 or [email protected]

Photos from the 2019 carnival taken by pixonline.com.au can now be viewed by clicking here.

“One of the most special things about rugby, and a foundation for our game long before it became professional, was the social aspect of the game and meeting people that you will be friends with for the rest of your life.”  – Wallaby, Paddy Ryan