In just over two months, over the weekend of February 11 and 12, Queensland is set to host the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tenstournament at Suncorp Stadium, a blockbuster weekend of world class rugby featuring 14 of the best teams from around the globe.
Ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby clubs and four elite invitational teams including famed French team Toulon playing for the first time ever on Queensland soil, the Blue Bulls, Samoa and the Panasonic Wild Knights will compete in 28 matches over the two days – all up, 16 hours of compelling live rugby that will also signal the beginning of the Super Rugby season.
THIS COMING TUESDAY, December 6, superstar All Blacks forward Jerome Kaino and rising star Damian McKenzie are here in Queensland – and coming to TOOWOOMBA to visit the region, meet some local players and junior rugby fans and talk about the February event.
MEDIA ARE INVITED TO JOIN Jerome and Damian at PICNIC POINT at Toowoomba at 2pm, for a few kicks, some solid passes and to meet their local fans.
Jerome Kaino is a double World Cup winner who has played 76 tests for the All Blacks and plays for Auckland-based Super Rugby team The Blues. Damian McKenzie is one of world rugby’s most exciting young talents. A fleet-footed fullback who hails from New Zealand’s deep south but plays Super Rugby for the Waikato-based Chiefs, he is widely tipped to be one of the stars of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.
The Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will shine the light firmly on rugby, Brisbane and thrill of a major sporting tournament with organisers reminding ticket buyers to book early for a weekend of celebration and excitement in Brisbane, on the field and off.
To be held annually, the event is sanctioned by the Australian Rugby Union and New Zealand Rugby and will be broadcast live across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Japan, Africa, France and other major international markets. Featuring a similar structure to the 15-a-side game but with more space on field for players to showcase their skills, Tens rugby is the perfect format for what will be a hugely entertaining launch of the Super Rugby season in Brisbane for at least the next four years.
Clubs playing include: Brumbies (Australia), Western Force (Australia), Melbourne Rebels (Australia), Queensland Reds (Australia), NSW Waratahs (Australia), Blues (New Zealand), Chiefs (New Zealand), Crusaders (New Zealand), Highlanders (New Zealand), Hurricanes (New Zealand), Blue Bulls (South Africa), Toulon (France), Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan).