Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

7TH JULY – 13TH JULY 2017

7TH JULY – 15TH JULY 2018

6TH JULY – 13TH JULY 2019


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Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

 The goal of the Carnival has always been to attract both the traditional rugby schools and others who may have only recently discovered the wonders of our great game. Any School or Club team from U12 to U18 is welcome at the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival.  This is not an elite event; all teams are welcome regardless of their playing ability.  The standard of rugby is always high and despite the quality and competitiveness of matches, the Carnival spirit and philosophy has always been evident. Club teams, particularly from areas where there is little or no school rugby, are most welcome to join in the fun.

The Gold Coast Rugby Carnival is a youth sporting event held on the Gold Coast each July. Our event is a week long Rugby Carnival focused on Spirit and Sportsmanship. We have a proud 24 year history with over 50 teams competing at our carnival

Playing divisions include:

Sunday 8th July will be the first of the normal three day 15-aside Carnival but will take the form of a grading day for teams participating in the whole event and will also allow others to enjoy one or two “friendlies” against teams of similar standard. Following The Gold Coast Coast Rugby Carnival there will by a two day 10’s Carnival held on the Sunshine Coast.

There is no overall champion at our Carnival – one deserving group each year is presented with the coveted Spirit Award, decided on a vote of all participants: schools, clubs, referees and organisers. There is also a Barbarian Award appointed to one player from each team.

The objectives of the Carnival are for players and officials to:

  • revel in the spirit of attacking rugby
  • enjoy a guaranteed number of matches without the pressure associated with school association competitions
  • respect the time honoured ideals of amateur level Rugby
  • relish an opportunity to improve playing/coaching standards while enjoying a holiday on Australia’s Gold Coast, one of the world’s premier holiday destinations.

For a great week of Rugby mixed with sun, surf and sand, come and test your team’s skills against national and international teams whilst visiting Australia’s premier theme parks and world class beaches.

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60+ Rugby Teams from Overseas, New Zealand and Australia

The game they play in heaven
right here on the Gold Coast

Years in Operation
Players who have taken the field
Aussie Teams who have attended
Overseas Teams who have attended


2017 Draw       2017 Results


2017 Division Winners

Carnival Tens Day

U18A  Winner – Sth Australia Div II / RU – Northern Territory Div II

U16RA  Winner – Hamilton BHS (NZ) / RU – Scots College (1) ( NSW)

U16RB  Winner – Kelston BHS (NZ) / RU – Helensvale HS (QLD)

U16RC  Winner – Scots College (2) (NZ) / RU – Caloundra JRC (QLD)

U15AB  Winner – Kelston BHS (NZ) / RU – St Andrews College (NZ)

U15CD  Winner – Caloundra JRC (QLD) / RU – The Kings School (NSW)

U14A  Winner – Scots College (1) (NSW) / RU – Rotorua BHS (1) (NZ)

U14B  Winner –  Scots College (2) (NSW) / RU – Rotorua Boys High (2) (NZ)

U13A  Winner – Newington College (NSW) / RU – Nerang JRC (QLD)

U13B  Winner – Caloundra JRC (QLD) / RU – Helensvale JRC (QLD)

U12A  Winner – Sth Coogee JRC (NSW) / U12B Winner – Christchurch JRC (NZ)

Carnival Three Day 15 aside

U18A  Winner – Waiarapa College (NZ) / RU – Sth Australia Div II (SA)

U18B  Winner – St Pius X College (NSW) / RU – Inglewood HS (NZ)

U18C  Winner – Te Wharekura 0 Mauao Col (NZ) / RU – Fairfield Col (NZ)

U16  Winner – Hamilton HS (NZ) / RU – Scots College (NSW)

U15  Winner – The Kings School (NSW) / RU – Sylvania JRC (NSW)

U14  Winner – Rotorua BHS (NZ) / RU – The Cavaliers (NSW)

U13  Winner – Newington College (NSW) / RU – Sth Australia U13 (SA)

U12  Winner – Christchurch JRC (NZ) / RU – Newington College ( NSW)


2017 Paddy O’Brien Referee’s Award  – KevinTaikato (NZ)

2017 Spirit  of Rugby – Kelston Boys High U15/U16  (second year in a row!)


  • They really embraced the spirit of the carnival
  • Always friendly to opponents after the game
  • Great Sportsmanship and spirit
  • Playing hard and physical games but very friendlyand civil afterwards
  • Super Rugby boys .. humble in victory and gracious in defeat


Kelston BHS have been to the GCRC on a number of occasions and their teams have always been very formidable and at times too strong for opposing teams.  Before the Carnival the Kelston team management asked for their U15 team to play up an age division as they feared they may be too strong and big for their correct U15 division. The Kelston team won 3 of its 5 matches in the U16 division and were extremely competitive in the matches that were lost.  The Kelston boys played hard and fair in every match and there was never any expression of disappointment that they were not competing in their rightful age group.  Once again they were simply a credit to their coach, team management and to their school.  Well done Kelston BHS U15 on deservedly winning the 2016 and 2017 Spirit Of Rugby Award.

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This years event will once again be held at the Runaway Bay Sports Precinct.

In partnership with the Sports Super Centre, The Runaway Bay Rugby League Club, The Runaway Bay Football Club we have on offer 6 fields and numerous catering facilities.  Ample parking facilities are also available.  

The Sports Super Centre is a leader in the sport and recreation industry. As well as featuring the most modern training facilities for both elite and beginner athletes, it is also a dedicated training camp. The accommodation is affordable, and the facilities are designed to cater to everyone, from the demands of elite athletes, to the needs of those wanting a better and healthier lifestyle.

The Centre’s professional facilities are enhanced by the surrounding area, and a year-round subtropical climate that is conducive to sport. As well as its appeal to elite sports practitioners, the Centre incorporates community facilities, which include a Sports Medicine centre, health spa, gymnasium, Olympic aquatic centre, stadium and a children’s party area for ‘active’ celebrations.


Sports Super Centre 
Cnr Sports Drive and Morala Avenue
Runaway Bay, Qld Australia 4216

1. Take exit #57 off M1
2. Follow Route 4 past Hope Island, Paradise Point to Runaway Bay.

Exciting new features on offer at our 2016 carnival  


Lights…. Action!

Because most local school teams participating must play after school some matches will have to be played later in the day and as a result the draw will show matches running after 5.30 on the 4 fields (F1, F2, F3, F5) which have lights.

The Runaway Bay Seagulls Club will be open to cater to all teams with special Carnival dinner deals available. The Club will be open to all those supporters and management ready to relax and unwind after or even during each day!


Ice Baths

As an added bonus to our carnival teams we will be offering Ice Baths on carnival match days to aid recovery

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Pool Sessions

As part of our event the Sports Super Centre pool will have dedicated lanes available for GCRC teams to use for pool recovery sessions on each match day.

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Physio & Massage 

The Sports Super Centre has a dedicated Sports Med team who will be offering special rates on Physiotherapy and Massage services to GCRC teams on match days

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Gold Coast Rugby Carnival  (Sun 8th – Thu 12th July 2018)
Sunshine Coast Rugby Festival (Sat 14th – Sun 15th July 2018 )

Day 1 – Fri 6 July
Teams Arrive on Gold Coast

Day 2 – Sat 7 July
Registration and Managers Meeting at Q1 Resort, Surfers Paradise (6 – 8pm)

Day 3 – Sun 8  July
Gold Coast Rugby Carnival – MATCH DAY 1  (Matches 9am – 5 pm)

Day 4 – Mon 9 July
Worldsport Beach Games at Kurrawa Surf Club (8.30am – 12pm)
The 2018 “Beach Games” will showcase new beach activities for our netball and rugby players and once again feature the Carnival’s famous 200 player strong Beach Haka. While players mix and mingle, team officials relax and enjoy a continental breakfast on the surf club balcony overlooking the Games activities on the beach below.

Free Afternoon to fit in a training session, visit a theme park, relax on the beaches or do a spot of shopping

Day 5 – Tue  10 July
Gold Coast Rugby Carnival – MATCH DAY 2  (Matches 9am – 5 pm)

Day 6 – Wed 11 July
Spirit & Sportsmanship Dinner at Australian Outback Spectacular
A wonderful night where the rugby and netball players converge to celebrate the highlights of the weeks Carnival action. The night showcases team performances and will finish with a bit of dancing!

Day 7 – Thu 12 July
Gold Coast Rugby Carnival – MATCH DAY 3  (Matches 9am – 5 pm)

Day 8 – Fri 13 July
Teams check out of their Gold Coast accommodation and make their way to the Sunshine Coast to participate in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Festival

Day 9- Sat 14 July
Sunshine Coast Rugby Festival (Girls 7’s and Boys 10’s)  – MATCH DAY 1  (Matches 9am – 5 pm)

Day 10 – Sun 15 July
Sunshine Coast Rugby Festival (Girls 7’s and Boys 10’s)  – MATCH DAY 2  (Matches 9am – 5 pm)

Day 11 – Mon 16 July
Teams depart from the Sunshine Coast and return home

A glimpse of previous carnvials

2015 Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

2014 Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

2013 Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

2012 Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

2011 Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

2010 Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

Booking Process

For interested groups from regional Queensland, interstate and overseas, click through the Step by Step details below and then click the BOOK NOW button to complete and submit your registration.


For teams participating in less than the full Gold Coast Rugby Carnival Week
“Local” teams from the Gold Coast and nearby districts who require neither accommodation nor transport can participate in the event for as little as $10.00 pp for each of the 3 match days.

For GC and near GC teams not wishing to participate in all 3 match days it is best to complete and submit this simpler LOCAL GCRC APPLICATION FORM

Team supporters are very much welcomed to our events.
Our tours often provide a once in a lifetime opportunity not only for the players but also for family and friends.
Supporters may choose to be part of the “Player” group and participate in all that group’s activities or have a separate supporters’ itinerary taylor made to co-ordinate with that of the tour team. Supporters may be more interested in activities such as whale watching, deep sea fishing, hinterland drives, golf etc., than theme park visits, your options are endless … just ask!

Because tours vary in group size, length of stay, activity choices, accommodation type etc., it is impossible to provide an average tour cost until a team registration has been received and processed.

Step by Step

Step 3 - COMMIT
Step 4 - DEPOSIT

Fill in your obligation free application forms for the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival. ONLINE – Our Online Registration Form is now available click here to go to form


After receiving your completed application form, WorldSport will tailor a tour to suit your particular needs. If you wish to tour for longer (or less) than the event week, simply inform us and this will be organised. We also have many players and manager’s families and supporters come along for the ride. We can create supporters tours that align with the school or club’s itinerary – so that you can have as much support as you need! Part of the uniqueness of our service lies in the flexibility and personalisation offered to each participating tour group.

Step 3 - COMMIT

CARNIVAL DEPOSIT Should you then decide to participate in the event WorldSport must be notified as soon as possible and a “Carnival Deposit” of $500 per team paid.

Step 4 - DEPOSIT

AIRLINE DEPOSIT A non refundable “airline deposit” of AUD $100 per person is required to secure seats on your quoted flight and secure pricing.


  For full details of the payment schedule, the refund policy and other necessary information please click here


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