The Test season may be upon us but there will be two Aussie Super Rugby teams represented with the Brumbies and Western Force competing at the World Club 10’s tournament in Mauritius this weekend.
When the venue was announced, there were rumours of a step up in intensity at training for those in the mix and let’s be honest, there are worse places to hold a
junket tournament at this time of year.
The tournament sees eight teams compete in two pools with the other teams being The Sharks, Toulon, Stade Francais, Asia-Pacific Dragons, Saracens and an Italian All Star side. The Asia-Pacific Dragons will have a guest coach in Will Genia helping out Heyneke Meyer.
Mauritius – Looks like a terribe place this time of year
The Brumbies are competing in their second 10’s tournament after competing in Singapore in 2014 where they went down to the Auckland Blues in extra time and will include seven members from that squad in their 16 man squad.
The squad includes 15 players who have Super Rugby experience and will be looking to have something to show when the Wallabies get back from the Test series.
In comparison, the Western Force will be taking a largely inexperienced squad with a mix of Future Force devlopment players, juniors and players from local club rugby.
After a tumultuous week in the West, it will give them something to play for and press their claims for a spot in the top squad for 2017.
All the action can be seen on BeIn Sports 3 (channel 515) with pool games on Saturday followed by finals on Sunday.
Nigel Ah Wong
Western Force squad
Rickus Van Der Heyden
v Toulon – 4:00pm AEST
v Western Force – 7:36pm AEST
v Italian All Stars – 10:48pm AEST
Western Force fixtures:
v Italian All Stars – 4:24pm AEST, 2:24pm AWST
v Brumbies – 7:36pm AEST , 5:36pm AWST
v Toulon – 11:12pm AEST, 9:12pm AWST