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The 20th Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival!

September 21 - 28, 2014

2014 will see the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival head to Argentina for the first time in its 35 year history where the coastal resort city of Mar del Plata will play host.

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Argentina and The Argentinians are Waiting to Welcome You - The Argentinian Golden Oldies Rugby Fraternity are preparing for the 20th Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival with local teams planning their participation in Mar del Plata.

November 14, 2013
“We are doing a fantastic work as regards the event promotion. Lots of national teams know about this festival. 20 days ago, we visited the north-Argentinian-province Santiago del Estero, where it took place a very important Rugby festival. 970 players from all around the Argentina participated. There, we also did a great promotion-work. Next week I am going to meet with Cordoba (another Province) Rugby players. There is a considerable interest.”

Alejandro De Lorenzi, Member of the Organising Committee, Mar del Plata.
“Timing for Argentinian teams to pay for their registrations and packages is quite expectable and even natural for Argentinians. We tend not to be early birds. Please do not worry about local attendance, as it will be huge. We do need to adjust, though, the combination of number of foreign teams, number of pitches and whether this sets a limit to local entries”. Guille Booth, Ground Operator and Organising Committee Member."

The Host City - Mar Del Plata

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The City of Mar del Plata is known as "the Happy City". In the summer, it welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world, combining the beauty and charm of its natural resources with the infrastructure, service and the hospitality of its people making your stay in Mar del Plata a wonderful cultural experience.

Located in the Province of Buenos Aires, it is the most beautiful and important seaside tourist centre in the Republic of Argentina.

Mar del Plata has temperate climate with masses of warm and humid subtropical sea air and an average temperature of over 22º C. Beside the Atlantic Ocean, Mar del Plata has cliffs, sand hills and vast sandy beaches ideal to enjoy summer walks, cycling or riding. Nautical activities such as surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, SCUBA diving, motor boating, sailing and swimming stand out Also one of the sports chosen by visitors to "the Pearl of the Atlantic" is sport fishing, and can be done both from the city piers or on boats leaving from its famous port. At that location, visitors may watch sea lions and the routine of seamen that return with their catches everyday or taste all kinds of seafood and fish in the dozens of restaurants located in the area.

Mar del Plata has everything. Its cultural life is reminiscent of the City of Buenos Aires. The most outstanding attractions include Colón Square, Torreón del Monje, Los Troncos Neighbourhood, the port and Punta Mogotes. At night, its pubs, discos, and the famous Casino of Mar del Plata are ready to welcome the most demanding customers. The theatres in the city get crowded as the most outstanding plays are presented each season. The surroundings are also beautiful. Visitors may access places such as Sierra de los Padres Lagoon, the beaches of nearby Chapadmalal or the hilly City of Balcarce.

Mar del Plata is the perfect combination for those who seek quietness and relax as well as the possibility of finding the constant hustle and bustle in each corner of town.

The friendly people of Mar del Plata are to show case their city and welcome the Golden Oldies Rugby participants in 2014 with passion and enthusiasm that you only find in Argentina.

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The Festival week will follow the programme of past Festivals and all official functions will be themed around the local scenery and attractions. Your team can expect to enjoy a truly memorable week.



Day 1: Sun 21 September

Arrival of teams to Mar del Plata and transfer to Festival accommodation.
Team Managers briefing.
Referees briefing.
Opening Ceremony and Parade of Nations.
Welcome Party.

Day 2: Mon 22 September

First day of Rugby.

Day 3: Tues 23 September

Mid Week Picnic Day.

Day 4: Weds 24 September

Second day of Rugby.

Day 5: Thurs 25 September

Day at leisure with optional sightseeing tours.

Day 6: Fri 26 September

Third day of Rugby.

Day 7: Sat 27 September

Grande Finale Dinner and Awards Function.

Day 8: Sun 28 September

Departure day transfers to airports or continue with optional tours and sightseeing.

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With all Golden Oldies Rugby Festivals nothing is left to chance. The Rugby, transport, accommodation and functions are all planned and co-ordinated for your team. In Mar del Plata we can also ensure the hospitality of the local rugby community. 


  • Parade of Nations and opening ceremony
  • Team managers briefing
  • Three days of rugby
  • Seven nights accommodation including daily breakfast
  • One team transfer from either Ezeiza International Airport or your Buenos Aires hotel to Mar del Plata
  • Return coach transfers from your hotel to the rugby grounds on the three games days
  • Return coach transfers from your hotel to the three official functions
  • Three traditional functions including meals and drinks
  • The welcome party
  • The mid week picnic day
  • The grand finale dinner and awards function
  • Information desks at selected hotels
  • Festival souvenir
  •  Personality of the day medallions
  • Four editions of the "Late Tackle' festival newspaper
  • Liaison officers to assist your team

All ground packages include your accommodation, transfers and functions. All prices are based on a per person share twin basis and include breakfast. Prices are quoted in United States Dollars (US$).




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Please note: It will be advisable to book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid missing out on your preferred hotel and room grade. Extra nights are available on request.

Category A - Hermitage or NH Grand provincial HQ Hotel

Category B - NH Casino SOLD OUT

Category C - Versailles or Sennac  SOLD OUT

Category D - Antartida or Tierra del Fuego SOLD OUT

Apartment - Torres Manatiales

Torres de Manantiales Apartment Hotel has a privileged location, in a very peaceful and exclusive neighbourhood by the sea, just a 10 to 15 minutes walk to the city centre, and at one of the highest points of Mar del Plata. All of the apartments have sea view, and are spacious, fully equipped with kitchen, large sitting rooms and bedrooms. The 3-bedroom apartments have two floors, the bedrooms located on the top floor and a very large dining and sitting room with its sea view balcony on the bottom floor. Manantiales also features the best panoramic views of the city of Mar del Plata, especially from its 28th-floor restaurant Las Nubes Cafe. Services include full buffet breakfast, gym, sauna, games room, in-room safe, free Wi-Fi internet. Torre de Manantiales is a much sought-after accommodation for large groups, as it allows for relaxed, familiar meetings at its common spaces. Truly, a recommendable, great combination of location, quality, relax, space and views!


Twin/Double - 1 Bedroom - US$1,545 per person

Triple - 2 Bedrooms - US$1,489 per person

Quad - 2 Bedrooms - US$1,425 per person

Six - 3 Bedrooms - US$1,359 per person


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Please note the Category B Hotel - NH Casino is SOLD OUT