2015 Phuket International Rugby 10s

Published on 28th May 2015 by Stickboy BKK

Phuket International Rugby 10s

The stage is set for the 17th edition of the Phuket International Rugby 10s.

The action kicks off on Friday 29th May with the Athena Siam Coffin Dodgers Vets Tournament. 16 teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand fighting it out for the honour of playing in the finals come Sunday.

Last years winners the Beige Assassines from Singapore will be defending their title under the guise of The Wrinkley Assassins but wont have it all their own way with the Moorabbin Rams from Australia keen to avenge last years final defeat. Strong competition will come from the Nerang Bulls another Australian side and the Causeway Bay Marines from Hong Kong.

Other contenders in contention will be Singapore’s Bucks Bunnies, Kowloon and the Honk Kong Bulls. The Cottesloe Pirates who have won every trophy except the Cup will arrive with a big squad in the hope of putting that to rights.

The Arabian Gulf is well represented by the Gulf Legends and the Abu Dhabi Harlequins and will be tough opposition as will the KL Tigers who impressed at last years event and could well go on to lift the cup this year.
First timers the Malaysian Royal Police will field a competitive side and are unknowns who could well spring a surprise. As ever the Asian Japanese Dragons will give a 110% and will no doubt be in the mix come finals day. The Wanderers, Old Man Mix and home side the Phuket Viagrabonds will give as good as they get and could cause an upset or two.

Saturday will see the start of the open tournament with the young bloods strutting their stuff and with the quality of teams at this years event there is no clear cut favourite. Previous winners the Moorabbin Rams and the Emirates Airlines Flying Muppets will be pushing for the cup rounds but Al Ain Amblers who were unlucky losers in last years semi finals will be looking to make the final as will the Xodus Wasps from Dubai.

A strong Australian contingent of the Nerang Bulls, Brisbane Vulgarians, The Bush Turkeyz and Groote Eylandt Mudchooks join two Rams sides in the tournament and teams will need to up their games to compete against them.

Asian Japanese Dragons & Melanins from Japan will bring speed and passion to the field and Malaysian rugby will be represented by the Alor Star Blues and the university side UTP Knights. The Bucks and Inseed RFC from Singapore will no doubt be in the mix come finals day. The Prince of Songkla Rugby will again grace the Thanyapura ground as they continue to develop rugby in the south of Thailand and the Old Bangkok Bangers will give their all come what may. Two invitation sides the Old man Mix and the Phuket Bucking Rams will add an exotic feel to the weekend and with the home side the Phuket vagabonds enjoying their 21st anniversary year they will be looking at securing a finals birth come Sunday.

The girls will also be in action for the first time at this event and will play twice on Saturday with a final game on Sunday between the Bangers Belles and the Phuket Warriors.

In between all the action on the field we will have team registrations at Hooters Bar which is part of the DusitD2 hotel in Patong on Thursday for the vets and Friday for the open tournament. both days kick off at 19.30.

The Rock Hard ago go on Soi Bangla will have a wet T Shirt competition and BBQ starting at 21.30 hrs on Friday night. They need some judges for the event so if some of the teams can nominate a member or two let me know.

Saturday night at the Taipan will again feature the Tour Virgin Beauty Pageant. It has become as important to win this event as the main tournament and the Moorabbin Rams will be aiming for a Grand Slam by taking the Vets, Open and Tour Virgin titles. Who can stop them? Get those glad rags out, make up on and strut your stuff on the catwalk baby !

Rhino have again provided professional match balls for the tournament.

Playerlayer will be showing their professional rugby wear and will be offering special club deals for the 2016 tournament.

Gilbert Rugby will be selling rugby merchandise during the weekend.

Phuket International Academy are this years water sponsor.

Air Astana are providing the Plate winners Trophies.

Live 89.5 and Phuket News are providing regular updates on radio and in print.

Bamboo Herbal Blends will be providing herbal drinks and shakes including a hangover cure.

London Pie will provide pies, burgers and hotdogs during the weekend and the bar will be stocked with Heineken, Tigers and Magners Cider.

Phuket International Hospital will have a medical crew at the ground for basic injuries and an ambulance will be on call for anything more serious but we hope it wont be needed. We do advise everyone to carry insurance just incase.

The Asia Center Foundation celebrate the 10th anniversary of the scholarship fund to which so many of you contribute. They are now in the process of building their own school for underprivileged children and will have a full brief on all their projects at their tent so pop on by during the weekend to check up on how your sponsored child is doing or just to to get more information.

The Phuket Vagabonds team sponsor Hooters will have cheerleaders at the ground Saturday & Sunday and will have a stall selling Hooters merchandise.

Jean Luc and his team of refs will ensure that the games run smoothly and on time

Live updates on scores, standing etc can be found on http://www.macoocoo.com/index.php…

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