The Gibraltar Veterans (35 years +) is an integral section of the GRFU. A number of the players still regularly play for their clubs in the John Smith’s Super IVs league and have had International experience with the Gibraltar National team. The Vets players are often leading the way in passing on their experience to young players stepping up to adult rugby. Obviously at this time in a player’s career it’s about having as much fun off the pitch as it is on it. This is a representative side of Gibraltar and the team is the best XV above the age of 35 years that the Rock has to offer.
The team often competes overseas. In June 2013 for the first time they made their way to Prague for the 12th European Golden Oldies Rugby Festival. The festival included two full days of rugby together with a conference for team managers, National representatives and Committee Members. The welcome they received by the hosts was second to none and the standard of rugby extremely high. They came home battered and bruised but with their heads held high and made a large number of friends, once again helping to put Gibraltar Rugby on the map!
They are invited to many events and in May 2014 played in a Portugal Veterans tournament before hosting the veterans of Stade Francais at home, a game many in Gibraltar will never forget.
Following on from the 12th EGOR festival in June 2015 they attended the 13th EFOR Festival held in San Sebastian, this was one of the biggest events EGOR had ever held and Gibraltar Vets made their mark by winning 4 out of the 5 games played, the game they lost was commented by many that watched it as one of the best games they had seen during the tournament.
The Veterans joined the Gibraltar National and Development teams on their tour of Malaysia and Singapore. Winning one game and pushing in the second was a testament to their characters when you consider that for a lot of players this was their first time playing rugby in another hemisphere and in conditions very different to that back home.
The Royal Marines have a longstanding and historical links to the Rock of Gibraltar and, in recognition of that, their veterans team have been playing an annual fixture against Gibraltar Veterans for the last few years. This is one of the marquee fixtures in the Gibraltar Veterans calendar, with the Royal Marines always putting out a very strong side, often with a few players with representative honours and a couple of ex international players to bolster their team.
14th European Golden Oldies Rugby Festival to be held in Lisbon. Our participation in the 14th EGOR Festival to be held in Lisbon from the 14th to 18th June 2017 has been confirmed and we look forward to meeting with old friends and making lots of new ones.
Upcoming matches from touring teams from Spain, Cambridge and Portsmouth are planned fro 2017 as a warm up to 14th EGOR Festival.
Gibraltar Veterans XV is a representative side of Gibraltar. If you want to come and play