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Luke Wilkie of the Sisowath Knights is tackled by two players of South African side RCF the Dynamiters during last year's Rugby 10s final
Luke Wilkie of the Sisowath Knights is tackled by two players of South African side RCF the Dynamiters during last year's Rugby 10s final. JOE GARRISON

Teams set for Angkor 10s tussles

Rugby at its finest and fiercest in a festive atmosphere is being offered this weekend as a perfect launch for the domestic season in the shape of the 2013 ANZ Royal Angkor 10s rolling into action at the Old Stadium from tomorrow.

Teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, France and Dubai are in the heady mix with four Cambodian sides completing a field of 12 lining up for Saturday’s senior men’s event, which will be followed by an awards dinner from 7:30pm at the NagaWorld Grand Ballroom.

As has been the convention over the years, Friday marks the Old Boys reunion and a 15s competition involving teams from Australia, France and Cambodia.

The Cambodian Federation of Rugby has once again teamed up with ANZ Royal Bank to offer two great days of rugby action and social events.

“This event is now 13 years old,” tournament director James Sterling said. “We are proud of it as this event is really bound with the story of our federation as it has existed since its birth.

“With the support of ANZ Royal, we intend to maintain it not only as a competition but also as a massive moment of conviviality and celebration between the family of Cambodian rugby and our visitors,” added Sterling, who is also secretary of the CEF.

A notable feature this year is an exhibition match between two local U15 teams – ASPECA Rugby Club and PSE.

Entry for both days of competition is free. The Old Boys event will be played between noon and 5:30pm tomorrow and the senior men’s event starts on Saturday at 8:30am and is likely to end by around 6pm.

Participating teams
Old Boys 15s: Boxhill Unquenchables (Australia), French Asian Barbarians (France), Undesirables (Cambodia)

Senior Men's 10s: Stade Khmer, Cambodian Koupreys, Undesirables, Les Piliers d'Angkor (Cambodia), Rhinos RFC (Hong Kong), Bedock Kings, INSEAD (Singapore), Defense Health Vikings, Riverside Rebels (Australia), CS Larrakins (Dubai), Southerners (Thailand), French Asian Barbarians (France)

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