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International Rugby 10s tournament returns to Phuket

International Rugby 10s tournament returns to Phuket

RUGBY UNION: A true feast of international Rugby action returns to Phuket for the 15th year with the International Rugby 10s tournament from May 24 to May 26.

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Tuesday 14 May 2013, 02:21PM

Last year's champions, the Morrabbin Rams from Australia, who will field two sides at the Phuket International Rugby 10s tournament this year.

Last year's champions, the Morrabbin Rams from Australia, who will field two sides at the Phuket International Rugby 10s tournament this year.

This year’s event is being organised in conjunction with Phuket Rugby by Strategic Sports, and the venue will be the excellent facilities at the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club.

The Coffin Dodgers Vets tournament kicks off the Rugby 10s on Friday, 24 May, and 16 teams will compete in the main competition on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, including last year’s champions the Morrabbin Rams from Australia, who will field two sides.

Along with old favorites the Bedok Kings, Singapore 2013 Champions the Wanderers, Thai hopefuls Prince of Songkla University, and the Asian Japanese Dragons, we welcome back from Australia the Groote Eylandt Mudchooks and the Melanins from Japan.

First timers Jakarta Komodos, Manila Nomads and Alor Star Blues will be serious contenders for the cup, as will Kowloon RFC from Hong Kong, Selangor Dogs, Taipei Baboons and Al Ain Amblers.

The tournament hosts Phuket Vagabonds will field one of their strongest sides since they finished runners-up in 2002, and hope to be amongst the finals come Sunday.

The Coffin Dodgers Vets competition is again expected be a close-run affair, with the defending Morrabbin Rams and Singapore’s Wanderers among the serious contenders.

Age is finally beginning to tell on the Cottesloe teams and they will combine to put out their strongest side from Perth Australia, who will be looking to get revenge for last years early exit and go all the way.

The Hong Kong Bulls return to the tournament this year and newcomers Think Pink New Zealanders from Singapore, Extinct Volcanos from Philippines and Taipei Silverbacks all appear strong and should be in the mix come finals day on Sunday.

We also welcome back the Qantas Koalas the Selangor Dog from Malaysia, who will raise the volume of the singing off the field as well as the play on it.

Phuket’s veteran team the Viagrabonds will be trying to retain the trophy they have held for the last three years, but the annual Weasel Cup will not be played for this year as their rivals the Bangkok Bangers cant field a team.

Saturday and Sunday will also feature youth rugby teams showing their talents in an Under 13s and Under 16s tournament, with their hosts the Phuket Lomas youth team looking to win both competitions on home soil against the Centaurs from Singapore, the Bangkok Lions and Krabi.

Entry to the tournament grounds at Thannyapura SLC in Thalang district is free and all are welcome to come along and watch or participate.

Main Tournament Teams

Asian Japanese, Dragons Asia
Moorabbin Rams, Australia
Groote Eylandt Mudchooks, Australia
Rams B, Australia
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Jakarta Komodos, Indonesia
Melanins, Japan
Alor Star Blues RFC, Malaysia
Selangor Dog, Malaysia
Manila Nomads, Philippines
Bedok Kings RFC, Singapore
Wanderers, Singapore
Taipei Baboons, Taipei
Phuket Vagabond,s Thailand
Prince of Songkhla, RFC Thailand
Al Ain Ambler,s UAE

Coffin Dodgers Vets Tournament Teams

Asian Japanese Dragons Gold, Asia
Cottesloe Pirate,s Australia
Moorabbin Rams, Australia
Qantas Koala,s Australia
Hong Kong Bulls, Hong Kong
Selangor Dog, Malaysia
Extinct Volcaoes vets, Philippines
Bedok Kings, Singapore
Wanderers Wrinkleys, Singapore
Think Pink New Zealanders, Singapore
Taipei Silverbacks, Taipai
Phuket Viagrabonds, Thailand

The tournament will once again be raising funds for the Asia Center Foundation, www.asiacenterfoundation.org, who are now in their 11th year of caring for disadvantaged kids on the island.

We are hoping to break records this year on the field and on the fund-raising side. For more info on the scholarship fund contact Roleien Muller, Director of the ACF, at roemuthai@gmail.com.

A substantial amount has already been raised again this year by the Bangkok Bangers Bikers who annually cycle from Bangkok to Phuket in aid of this good cause.

Huw Butler, Managing Director of Athena Siam, will once again sponsor the Coffin Dodgers Vets tournament and as he turns 50 this year it will be a memorable one

Heineken have once again showed that they are truly one of the great supporters of rugby worldwide, not just at international and club level but also at the grass-roots level, and we thank them for that support.

Steve will again be supplying Pies and all that good fare at the ground under his new name the British Pie Shop.

Phuket International Hospital will supply on site medical services. Media sponsor is the Phuket news & Live 89.5.

Rhino Rugby Asia will for the 2nd year be ball sponsor for the tournament and Managing Director Tim Lambert said "Rhino Rugby Asia (RRA) is delighted to be the match and Phuket Lomas ball sponsor at the 2013 Phuket Strategic Sports International Rugby 10s.

“RRA was incorporated in late 2011 as the exclusive distributor of all Rhino Rugby scrummage machines, contact training equipment, balls, team wear and synthetic turf in Asia ex-Japan. Earlier this year Rhino was confirmed as the equipment and commemorative ball provider for the British & Irish Lions 2013 tour to Australia.

“Rhino prides itself not only on its leading, unique, up-to-date and practical training equipment solutions but also its emphasis on safety in training and play. We are always delighted to see how much the Asia Centre Foundation benefits from the generosity of all the visiting teams and players. We wish everyone attending the 2013 Phuket 10s another memorable weekend of rugby.”

Strategic Sports Asia's director Dan Ashburn is excited to be involved with the event, saying “Strategic Sports are proud and excited to partner with Phuket rugby and host the 15th annual Phuket Strategic Sports International Rugby 10s tournament – a new beginning for both Phuket Rugby and Strategic Sports in the hope to provide better rugby opportunities for all around the globe.

“Strategic Sports sponsorship, event hosting and rugby tours are at the beginning in what we want to achieve with Phuket rugby, and working with Bob Dwyer and Mike Penistone of www.bobdwyerrugby.com has opened up more doors of opportunity for Rugby in Phuket".

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