Bigger and better Brisbane Tens to kick off 2018 season
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QUICK TAP: A VIEW FROM A FAN IN THE STANDS AT THE BRISBANE TENS
Star-studded French club Pau – the home of All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor – and Olympic sevens gold medallists Fiji will contest the 2018 tournament alongside the Australian and New Zealand Investec Super Rugby teams. The field will be rounded out by two of the standout teams from 2017, Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights and Samoa.
“Rugby fans across the world got to see just what a great game tens rugby is when played by elite professional players at the first ever Brisbane Global Rugby Tens earlier this year,” tournament chief executive Rachael Carroll said.
“The level of excitement around the event has only grown since then and we’ll be bringing the party back to Brisbane again in February. With the incredible line-up of teams and the switch to day-night format – which fans have told us is what they want – the 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will be a truly spectacular affair.”
Liam Messam, captain of the reigning champion Chiefs, said the action and intensity would go up another level in 2018.
“Heading into this year no one really knew what to expect as it was very much a new concept,” Messam said. “We learned very quickly that the tens format works brilliantly – it was fast but also very physically demanding. There were some huge hits out there and the atmosphere coming from the stands was incredible.
“I’m already looking forward to coming back in February and having a shot at defending our title. We know it won’t be easy.”
Queensland Reds star Karmichael Hunt, who played in the inaugural tournament and will return in 2018, said: “The Brisbane Global Rugby Tens exceeded everyone’s expectations in year one. I enjoyed the Tens format and we saw a lot of good rugby in pre-season over those two days in February. The New Zealand teams were impressive last year so we’ll have to be on our game to be in the hunt for silverware in our home town in year two.”
All Blacks legend Conrad Smith will be at the #brisbanetens - just another reason to join the #rugbytensrevolution! https://t.co/xN0UuqnUf2— Brisbane Global Tens (@BrisbaneTens) September 14, 2017
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