Distillery sides scrum down with forces

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Distillery sides in rugby contest

Teams from Bruichladdich, Ardbeg and Kilchoman distilleries on Islay will face off against the army, navy and air force – among others – this weekend at the celebrated Islay Beach Rugby festival.

The bright white sands of Kilnaughton Bay will witness 34 teams from all over Scotland – and as far as Milan – play the most lung-busting version of rugby ever devised.

A mix of prime athletes – brawny local famers & stalkers, aspiring club players, professional premier league rugby men, ex internationals – even a few British Lions – will get their kit on and boots off, to compete barefoot.

All three forces are represented, alongside university teams and regional clubs as well as the “Barbarian” composite distillery sides.

The competition is sponsored by Bruichladdich, whose MD Mark Reynier described it as “a total celebration of rugby and its social values.”

The Islay Beach Rugby festival is on Saturday 11th June at Port Ellen from 12.00 to 18.00.

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