Phuket International Rugby Tens 2017
A full weekend of rugby, laughs and capes; whether following the Coffin Dodgers or the main event this tournament has three days of fun stamped all over it.
I would play if it wasn’t for two slipped discs and an insatiable appetite for gout. Instead I caught up with Phuket rugby stalwart and tournament organiser Pat Cotter to give us the low down on what’s on offer.
The 26th to 28th May 2017 once again sees teams from around the world coming together at the superb sports facility at Thanyapura Sports Club to compete for honours at this year’s 19th Phuket International Rugby 10s.
The traditional Athena Siam Coffin Dodgers vets tournament kicks off the event on the Friday with the old boys reliving past glories, showing sublime skills and drinking ability. With last year’s winner unavailable a new champion is assured and the Asian Japanese Dragons could well be in with a chance, the Cottesloe Pirates who have struggled lately will no doubt be back stronger. The first ever teams competing from New Zealand the Tasman Wanderers and the AC Ballsmackerz along with Aussie debutants the Queensland XXXX Goldies and VRQ Ballymore Barflys and will be tough to beat. The Gulf Legends, Hong Kong Bulls, Bucks Bunnies, Wanderers Wrinkles’,Taipei Silverbacks, Al Ain Amblers & Phuket Viagrabonds will give their all.
The main event starts on Saturday with the finals of both tournaments completing the round up on Sunday.
With teams from Australia, The Arabian Gulf, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan & Thailand it promises to be a fun action packed weekend. Previous multiple champions in both divisions from Melbourne The Moorabbin Rams will be looking to make amends after missing out last year whilst the Emirate Airlines Flying Muppets will be determined to take the Cup for a 2nd time. Harlequins and Saracens from Abu Dhabi and the Lord Howe Island Woodhens are unknown quantities but along with the Groote Eylandt Mudchooks & Japans Melanins will no doubt have something to say. Bedok Kings, The Bucks & Wanderers will bring their subtle style of play and off field antics to the fore whilst old rivals the Old Bangkok Bangers could very well create some waves. Al Ain Amblers who have always looked like champions on the Saturday generally fall by the wayside come Sundays finals after being bangla’d the night before. Could 2017 be their +2zx year?
The tournament also has a more serious side as we raise funds for the Asia Center Foundation Scholarship Fund www.asiacenterfoundation.org which helps keep kids from underprivileged backgrounds in school giving hope for the future.
Entry to the tournament is free so come on down and enjoy some spectacular rugby and support your local Phuket vagabonds team as they attempt to win the tournament once again