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Cambodia 10s to dish out rugby feast over weekend

A GXD Larrakins player (in red) tries to fend off tackles from Koupreys players during last year’s Rugby 10’s tournament
A GXD Larrakins player (in red) tries to fend off tackles from Koupreys players during last year’s Rugby 10’s tournament at the Old Stadium. JOE GARRISON

Cambodia 10s to dish out rugby feast over weekend

Highly entertaining and competitive rugby with a social spin is what the two-day international Cambodia 10’s will dish out this weekend at the Navy sports ground situated on the Chhroy Changvar peninsula.

The 10-a-side event has all the trappings and attractions to shape up as one of the Kingdom’s biggest rugby shows in recent times, with no base and section of the community left uncovered.

The Old Boys (veterans) will launch the exciting action on Saturday with six teams in the fray. As many as 12 teams will line up for the Senior Men’s event with the climax set for Sunday.

Two organisations serving the under-privileged children, ASPECA and PSE, will play a youth exhibition game just after the senior citizens finish the first day’s preliminary pool matches.

Before the elder lot get down to fight for the Plate and the Cup, Kampuchea Women’s squad will face Soksabay in a 20-minute friendly.

Touch rugby, the social, non-full contact version of the sport, will also be played from 3-5pm on an adjacent pitch.

The force behind the event is Kampuchea Balopp, a local NGO striving for youth development through rugby.

“We would like to thank our sponsors and partners ANZ Royal, Impact Prowear, International SOS, Dan Meats, PSE, Eau Kulen and Score Bar as well as all the volunteers and other partners providing services during the weekend tournament,” Kampuchea Balopp’s communications manager Steve Noble said in a statement made available to the Post.

The following are the groupings for the competition.
Old Boys
Pool A: Tanglin Thunderbirds (Singapore), Box Hill Unquenchable (Australia), Kowloon Beavers Vets (Hong Kong)
Pool B: FAB (France and Southeast Asia), South Darwin Grey Hares (Australia), The Undesirables (Cambodia)

Senior Men’s
Pool A: Kampuchea Barbarians (Cambodia), Hanoi Dragons (Vietnam), INSEAD (Singapore)
Pool B: Garudas (Cambodia), Bush Turkeyz RU (Australia), FAB (France and SEA)
Pool C: The Undesirables (Cambodia), Bedok Kings (Singapore), Old Bangkok Bangers (Thailand)
Pool D: Stade Khmer (Cambodia), Bangkok Southerners (Thailand), Tanglin Thunderbirds (Singapore)

The first match in the Old Boys section features Tanglin Thunderbirds and Box Hill Unquenchables at 8:40am on Saturday while the Senior Men’s competition kicks off with Kampuchea Barbarians taking on INSEAD at 10:40am.

The Senior Men’s matches continue on Sunday, with the grand final slated for around 2pm.

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