The tournament is traditionally played a week before Juhannus - Finland's midsummer. In 2013 the tournament will kick off on the afternoon of Friday June 14 and wrap up on Saturday the 15th.
We welcome teams of all sizes, shapes and skill levels. Club teams, invitational teams, touring teams, social teams, old boy teams, the All Blacks are all welcome. In 2013 we are planning men, women, Old Boys and junior competitions. All teams must fill out the online registration. Senior players must be aged 18 or over. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Entry fee for 2013 is €200 per team. Discounts can be given for clubs entering more than one team in each competition. A social fee is charged per player on top of the team's entry fee. Check all of the Midnight Rugby Tournament packages to see what suits you best!
Teams are accepted on a first paid up, first served basis, so make sure you get your team registered, and paid for as soon as possible. The deadline for payments is March 31.
Apart from the wonderful experience that is Midnight Rugby, each team will receive a special MRT gift pack containing a case of cool refreshing brown liquid (that's 24 cans!). Also, depending on your Midnight Rugby Tournament package your team may also get a superb HRC playing shirt to hang on your clubhouse wall at home, a special MRT rugby ball, and from each team a prettiest player could receive a special edition t-shirt and each team's best player may receive a bottle of cool, sparkling liquid refreshment. Of course all the usual things you can expect from a tournament will be present at Midnight Rugby 2013 like a free massage service and qualified medical people plus a few local specialities such as the traditional pitch side sauna!
For the individuals there will be prizes awarded for the tournament's best player and the best try of the finals!
Check all of the Midnight Rugby Tournament packages to get a full overview of what you and your team will get in Finland!
Midsummer in Helsinki is usually sunny, dry and warm - it has even been known to get hot at times!
As many as you want - the more the merrier! Just remember that the squad for each match will be limited to fifteen (15) players.
To get the most out of the tournament arrive on Thursday in time for the opening party - always worth going to and a good place to meet the opposition. And you'll be nicely acclimatised and over your jet lag for Friday's first matches kicking off at about 4pm!
Sunday is the rest day - catch some of Helsinki's sights, take a cruise in the harbour or just find a quite corner of Helsinki and have a wee rest!
If you are planning a longer trip and want some help arranging your holiday get in touch and we may be able to help with your planning.
Pool matches run on Friday afternoon until very late - it isn't called Midnight Rugby for nothing! - and the finals kick off early on Saturday and will be wrapped up early in the evening.
We can sort out your accommodation in new, clean hotels in the very center of Helsinki at very reasonable prices. Check the various packages we are offering or get in touch if you want more information.
Ryanair flies to Tampere which is about 200km north of Helsinki.
You can also get a ferry from Sweden, Estonia or Germany. If you're interested in a boat trip get in touch as we have some deals available. The boats from Stockholm - amongst the world's biggest and best liners - take one night and have plenty of bars and other onboard entertainment, not to mention a great tax free service!
Public transport is very good in the capital area with regular links to the city center from the airport and harbours. The various Midnight Rugby Tournament packages include unlimited travel on the public transport system.
Or you can follow the example of our Moldovan friends and drive here - it must have been a good strategy as they won the Baltic Plate that year!
The tournament generally works on a first come, first served basis, so make sure you get your application in now and get the payments in asap. Fill in the online registration and we will be in touch.
The tournament always attracts lots of interest so make sure you get in early to have the chance of playing against the best rugby teams in Finland as well as top quality European teams and players - 48 capped Scottish international players, anyone?
The full schedule and draw will be published nearer the tournament kick off. Every team can expect to play three or four games on both Friday and Saturday, and with the Cup, Shield, Bowl, Spoon and the main prize of the Baltic Plate, losing a match doesn't mean you are out of the competition!
All visitors must take responsibility for their own travel documents etc when coming to Finland. You can find all the information you need on the finland.fi website. If you have any questions just ask us!
Yes! Please talk to us about it and we can work something out - but unfortunately the rules won't allow your referee to ref any of your team's own games!
Yes of course! Get in touch and we will see what we can come up with that will work best for you, your spoonsor and us!