Frequently Asked Questions

When is the tournament played?

The tournament is traditionally played a week before Juhannus - Finland's midsummer. In 2017 the tournament will kick off on the afternoon of Friday June 15 and wrap up on Saturday the 16th.

Who can enter Midnight Rugby?

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 2018 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.

How much is the entry fee, and how and when should it be paid?

Entry fee for 2018 is €200 for men's teams and €200 for ladies teams. Discounts can be given for clubs entering more than one team in each competition.

For the individuals there will be prizes awarded for the tournament's best player and the best try of the finals!

What's the weather like in Helsinki during June?

Midsummer in Helsinki is usually sunny, dry and warm - it has even been known to get hot at times!

How many players may we bring?

As many as you want - the more the merrier! Just remember that the squad for each match will be limited to fifteen (15) players for men and twelve (12) for women.

When should we travel?

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.

When are the games played?

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.

Where can we stay in Helsinki?

We can sort out your accommodation in new, clean hotels in the very center of Helsinki at very reasonable prices. Get in touch if you want more information.

How do we get to Helsinki?

Helsinki airport has good connections throughout Europe and many budget airlines have regular flights in and out of the Finnish capital including Norwegian Airlines, Air Berlin, Blue1, Wizzair.

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.

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!

How can we guarantee our place in the tournament?

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?

When will we know the draw and schedule for the tournament?

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!

Do we need a visa to travel to Finland?

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 website. If you have any questions just ask us!

Can we get a discount if we bring a referee?

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!

Our sponsor is keen on sponsoring Midnight Rugby - can anything be done?

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!