It is with a very heavy heart that we say this for the second year in a row: unfortunately we have no choice but to cancel the 2021 Coopers Invitational Byron Bay Rugby Sevens Festival.
Rest assured we plan to be back in October 2022.
We wanted this to go ahead more than anyone. With a full competition of 65 teams locked in plus more on a waiting list, we planned optimistically and spent considerable finances on event infrastructure.
We are devastated to lose money again, but mainly gutted that for a second consecutive year we won’t be able to share our town and our love for fast paced fun rugby 7s with Australia’s rugby community.
Thank you to the clubs and teams from all over Australia that had planned to join us in 2021. We have emailed all participating teams to advise the following options:
Option One: Get a full refund on your deposit or entry fees paid.
Contact us with your team name, details and bank details and we’ll process the refund ASAP. Please be patient with us, we are all volunteers and will move as fast as we can on this.
Option Two: Leave your existing payment with us and we’ll credit it to next year’s event.
This secures two things:
1. your spot in the 2022 event (which should again sell out), and;
2. a special place in our hearts.
It’s been a tough couple of years not being able to host the event and this will help secure its future.
If you will take this option we will give you $50 OFF your 2022 entry fees (if you only paid a deposit so far), or keep the price fixed for you (if you’ve already paid in full), as it will likely need to increase in 2022. Additionally we can do a partial refund so that we simply retain your deposit if you’d paid in full for 2021.
Either way, please contact us to let us know the option you choose or ask any other questions you may have.
Whichever option you choose we understand and support your decision and we hope to see you here in rugby paradise with us to share an ice cold Coopers with you sometime soon.
Until then, stay safe and thank you again for your support.
Byron Rugby 7s Team