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    Back again for its second year, the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens looms as an exciting start to the Southern Hemisphere rugby season.

    This year we’ll see the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby sides, including last year’s champion the Chiefs, compete with Fiji, Japanese side Panasonic Wild Knights and French club side Pau.

    The women’s competition features the female equivalent of the Australian Super Rugby Sides, and while this facet of the competition is yet to grow, there seems to be room to improve over the next few years.

    What is Rugby Tens?
    As assumed from the name, Rugby Tens features two sides of ten players with a combination that usually contain five forwards and five backs. Furthermore, each half lasts ten minutes.

    The concept was created in Malaysia in order to help Asian players stand up better against traditional rugby playing nations. It combines the fast pace of sevens rugby with traditional elements that make sure forwards are not exposed for a lack of speed.

    The pools
    The three pools each consist of four sides, where teams will play in a round robin format before the top eight sides qualify for the finals.

    Pool A includes the Wild Knights, Brad Thorn’s Queensland Reds, the Blues and an overhauled Melbourne Rebels.

    Pool B features the reigning champion Chiefs, the Waratahs, the Highlanders and French Giants Pau.

    The draw is rounded out by Pool C, which features Fiji, the Brumbies, the Hurricanes and last year’s runners-up Crusaders.

    The favourites
    Naturally, after strong Super Rugby seasons, the Crusaders, Hurricanes and Chiefs will all be strong contenders to take out the title in February. Out of the Australian sides, the Melbourne Rebels appear to have the strongest list heading into the tournament.

    It’ll be our first look at this completely new side, who look to be a real threat for the Super Rugby title. The Brumbies finished top of the Australian conference last year, so expect them to have a big impact.

    French side Pau could be a surprise packet this year. They’ll be entering the competition in the middle of their Top 14 campaign. However, last year French side Toulon failed to make the finals, with multiple factors such as the difference in conditions and playing style helping them slump to early elimination.

    This year, Pau enter after a middling season that has seen them position themselves mid-table. Their squad features many players returning to compete against old teammates. Notable inclusions are All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor as well as former Wallaby Ben Mowen.

    The competition seems to have bright future. The combination of the star 15s players with the party atmosphere of 7s is certainly a winner. It’s an exciting event and is one to look forward to.

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    The Crowd Says (8)

    • February 4th 2018 @ 11:28am
      Fiji said | February 4th 2018 @ 11:28am | ! Report

      Jesus – tens?

      Can we just stick to the real game? Sevens, tens, fifteens, what next threes and twenties?

      • February 4th 2018 @ 12:15pm
        Taylorman said | February 4th 2018 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

        Threes? Hmmm…

        • February 4th 2018 @ 8:51pm
          David Lind said | February 4th 2018 @ 8:51pm | ! Report

          Lord have mercy on those three players, the amount of running…

      • February 4th 2018 @ 10:03pm
        tyrone said | February 4th 2018 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

        please let 3’s be just front rows and not any backs.

        • February 6th 2018 @ 3:50pm
          Barry Crocker said | February 6th 2018 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

          Shrink the field down & just have continuous rolling mauls back & forth! We actually already play this as a training drill, lads love it…

      • February 6th 2018 @ 3:47pm
        Barry Crocker said | February 6th 2018 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

        We’ve had 5 a side beach rugby too!…What a hit…not. About as good as the beach cricket from channel ten a few years back…

        Doubt anyone will bother watching if its only on Foxtel as per the 7′ result. Only 78,000 watching Aus V SA GF & it was spruiked as a big increase in viewers over last year….that’s just sad for all including the players ultimately ๐Ÿ™
        Without a proper free-to-air presence, Rugby will continue down the slippery slope of boutique sport on its way back to semi amateur days. Very rare to even see Rugby coverage in a FTA sports report unless in Syd/Bris perhaps…
        Dead rubber in the ODI Vs England on 9 still had circa 1 Million viewers. ODI’ are out of vogue too…

        Guess they’ll have to wait til the next negotiations & start again. Not sure there is anything left to negotiate with though?

    • February 4th 2018 @ 7:02pm
      Jamie said | February 4th 2018 @ 7:02pm | ! Report

      Canโ€™t wait!

    • February 5th 2018 @ 7:29am
      Selector said | February 5th 2018 @ 7:29am | ! Report

      Should be good, thanks David.

      Although I was underwhelmed with the squad put out by Wessels. They do however have a few lightning bolts in their team, so they should be entertainment value at the very least.

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