Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rugby fans in for a treat as Angkor 10s kick off

Rugby fans in for a treat as Angkor 10s kick off

Rugby fans in for a treat as Angkor 10s kick off

Twelve teams from six countries gear up for two days of fast and furious 10-a-side action

RUGBY SCHEDULE

  •   All matches at Old Stadium, Phnom Penh
  •   Free entry

'Old Boys' (Over 35s)

FRIDAY

   12:00    Unquenchables v Indochine Barbarians

   12:45    FAB Old Boys v AOUCOUS

   14:00    Unquenchables v FAB Old Boys

   14:45    Indochine Barbarians v AOUCOUS

   16:00    Indochine Barbarians v FAB Old Boys

   16:45    Unquenchables v AOUCOUS

2x15-minute halves; 2 points for win, 1 for draw

Angkor 10s
SATURDAY
POOL A            POOL B

    FAB I             Bedok Kings

    Garudas         Billabong Sharks

    FAB II             Stade Khmer

    PPenh Renegades     Dubai Exiles

Pool rounds

   08:30    Billabong Sharks v Stade Khmer

   09:00    Bedok Kings v Dubai Exiles

   09:30    Garudas v FAB II

   10:00    FAB v Phnom Penh Renegades

   10:30    Stade Khmer v Dubai Exiles

   11:00    Billabong Sharks v Bedok Kings

   11:30    Garudas v FAB

   12:00    FAB II v Phnom Penh Renegades

   12:30    Billabong Sharks v Dubai Exiles

   13:00    Bedok Kings v Stade Khmer

   13:30    Phnom Penh Renegades v Garudas

   14:00    FAB v FAB II

   14:30    CFR Development Match

Final Rounds

   15:00    Spoon Final (4th Pool A vs. 4th Pool B)

   15:30    Bowl Final (3rd Pool A vs. 3rd Pool B)

   16:00    Plate Final (2nd Pool A vs. 2nd Pool B)

   16:30    Cup Final (1st Pool A vs. 1st Pool B)

 2x10-minute halves

INTERNATIONAL rugby returns to Cambodia Friday with the eighth annual ANZ Royal Angkor 10s at Old Stadium in Phnom Penh.     

Twelve teams representing clubs from Cambodia, Australia, France, Vietnam, Singapore and Dubai feature in the two-day tournament, which kicks off at 12pm Friday with the the "Angkor Old Boys" - over 35 - competition.     

The action picks up Saturday with the main event Angkor 10s tournament starting at 8:30am and running throughout the day until the top two teams square off in the Cup final at 4:30pm.

Rather than the standard 15-a-side, 80-minute format, Saturday's matches are 20-minute affairs with each team fielding 10 players at a time.

Tournament organiser Peter Maley says makes for a faster game. "There's a lot more open field running, which I think spectators will enjoy," he said.

The Angkor 10s was launched in 2001 in Siem Reap and has earned a reputation for being one of the most popular social rugby tournaments in Asia.

Admission to both days of the tournament is free and Food and drink will be available for purchase at the stadium.

Propping up Cambodia

Singapore's Bedok Kings are returning to defend their title and will have to get past three teams primarily sporting Khmer players to do so.

Stade Khmer, PSE Garudas, and Billibong Sharks are loaded with Khmer talent, including several members of the Cambodian National Rugby Team, the Koupreys.

There’s a lot more open field running, which i think spectators will enjoy

Prop Chro Kim Seang and fullback Vannak Vireak are widely regarded by local coaches and coaches across Asia as being the two best Khmer rugby players in the country.
"Both of these guys are tremendously gifted and they continue to improve every season," said Cambodian national coach Brian Thomas.

"They're intelligent players who understand the game well, and are also excellent leaders on the pitch."

At 85kg, Chro Kim Seang may be bigger than most Cambodian players, but compared to most international-level props he's tiny.

Yet, according to Thomas, that size disadvantage doesn't appear to work against the 24-year-old.

"Seang's got great technique in the scrums - he gets down low and he's as strong as a bull. He's also fearless. I've seen him totally dominate experienced foreign players who are 20-30 kilos heavier than he is - it's a sight to behold."

The softly spoken 24-year-old from Kandal province plays for the Sisowath Knights during the domestic season.

All eyes on Vireak

Vannak Vireak, meanwhile, is considered one of the fastest backs in the country, though Thomas points to the intangibles he brings to a team.

"Vireak can be a devastating open field runner and he's an excellent tackler," said Thomas. "But he's also very cool under pressure, and never lets his emotions get the best of him, which sometimes happens with Cambodian players. And he's one of the most unselfish players on the national team - a real leader."

The 24-year-old from Pursat province currently plays for Phnom Penh club PSE Garudas, the reigning domestic club champion. 

MOST VIEWED

  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures

  • More than 10,000 workers suspended

    More than 10,000 workers at 18 factories in Svay Rieng province have been suspended because of Covid-19, said provincial deputy governor Ros Pharith. Home to 11 special economic zones, Pharith said Svay Rieng has not been spared as the pandemic takes a toll on the global economy. “There

  • Oz lauds Kingdom’s passage of money laundering laws

    In a press release published by the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh on Monday, the country applauded Cambodia’s stance on transnational crimes as well as its promulgation of an anti-money laundering law and a law on combating proliferation financing. The praise came after King

  • Lotus face masks designed to cover globe

    A French designer in Cambodia has produced ecological face masks from lotus fibre to supply local and international markets with an eye on preserving ancestral techniques and supporting Cambodian women in rural communities. During a trip to Asia, Awen Delaval, an eco-friendly fashion designer, was

  • Accused not treated equally, says CCHR

    The Cambodia Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has urged the Court of Appeal to do more to ensure that an accused’s right to a fair trial is fully respected. In a bulletin released on Monday, the CCHR said it had monitored 273 cases at the

  • Planning ministry hands out cash to 420,000 poor families in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Planning has identified 20,000 more poor families in the country, bringing the total to over 580,000, while over 420,000 of them have received the government’s cash assistance. In the meantime, many social security cards from families not deemed to be poor have been revoked.

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • Rubber exports stretch 17%

    Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday. Phalla,

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting