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Brisbane Global Rugby Tens

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John Thornett (49)
This article is a bit more down to earth than the trumped up PR one in Foxsports. No mention of players
The Australian Rugby Union said it was aware Duco were looking at the possibility of launching the Super Rugby season with a 10s tournament in Brisbane and had been in discussions with individual clubs.

"At the moment it's a concept under discussions and it's far from being confirmed," NZR general manager of strategic planning and relationships Nigel Cass said.



Sydney Middleton (9)
I recall attending a Ballymore 10s tournament many years ago, maybe back in the late 90's/early 00s. It was a total yawnfest. Not as fast or thrilling as 7s and in every way, particularly tactically, inferior to 15 man rugby. I say let it rest. Real rugby is a magnificent game that can stand on its own two feet without needing to copy gimmicky league ideas.

I also agree with those who have pointed out that the season is already long enough.

waiopehu oldboy

Stirling Mortlock (74)
If the players associations don't kill this stone dead they'll lose what little credibility they haven't previously sold. Rugby in Brisbane in January? Are they insane? Stoopidist idea I've heard in a long time.


Key points:

BRISBANE will become the centre of the rugby world for one week a year, with a four-year deal for Suncorp Stadium to host a new Global 10s tournament to be announced within days.

New Zealand-based Duco Events, pioneers of rugby league’s highly successful Auckland Nines, are in the final stages of talks with state and local governments to host the tournament in February at Suncorp Stadium from next year until at least 2020.

With an announcement imminent, Duco have even taken up office space in Brisbane to begin operations for the event, which will feature $1.6 million in prizemoney.

The tournament will see Brisbane host the code’s biggest names and franchises, with all of Australia and New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams locked in to compete in the 10-a-side tournament, alongside South Africa’s Blue Bulls and the Samoan national team.

The Sunday Mail can also reveal French glamour club Toulon have committed in principle to the event, as have Japanese giants Panasonic — who are coached by former Wallabies boss Robbie Deans, and will have David Pocock on their playing roster next year.

Like with the Auckland Nines, there will be no risk of teams fielding under-strength or second-string squads, with all participating teams agreeing to field their five top-earning players in the tournament to guarantee stars like Israel Folau and Sonny Bill Williams will be in Brisbane.

With the exception of Toulon, all squads have also committed to bringing 32-man squads to Brisbane for a full week of pre-season training at iconic Ballymore, with the event to act as the launching pad for the new Super Rugby season.

This will in turn drive the week along as a rugby festival for the city, with teams to make the most of the opportunity by scheduling 15-a-side mid-week trial matches leading up to the 10s.



John Thornett (49)
I really didn't think this would get off the ground, but it seems to be gathering momentum.

Brumby Runner

David Wilson (68)
If it generates significant additional publicity (which it should) and contributes to more awareness and interest in the non-rugby public in Australia for the Super competition, it will be a very valuable initiative.


I really didn't think this would get off the ground, but it seems to be gathering momentum.
Likewise, thought it was all just hot air..

How it will work

-10-a-side tournament staged at Suncorp Stadium for next four years;

-Held on February 11-12, two weeks before Super Rugby starts;

-14 teams: Five New Zealand, five Australian Super Rugby teams, plus Bulls, Samoa, Panasonic and Toulon;

-500 players in squads of up to 40;

-$1.55m in appearance fees and prizemoney.


Mark Ella (57)
Likewise, thought it was all just hot air..

How it will work

-10-a-side tournament staged at Suncorp Stadium for next four years;

-Held on February 11-12, two weeks before Super Rugby starts;

-14 teams: Five New Zealand, five Australian Super Rugby teams, plus Bulls, Samoa, Panasonic and Toulon;

-500 players in squads of up to 40;

-$1.55m in appearance fees and prizemoney.
$3k per player. That's about a super Rugby match payment isn't it? (But includes travel, staff etc - still better than $0)




Three hundred of the world's finest rugby players representing 14 clubs from six countries - and an army of fans - will descend upon Suncorp Stadium for two days of rugby heaven in February for the Brisbane Global Tens.

The inaugural event on February 11 and 12, 2017 will feature ten professional franchises from Australia and New Zealand as well as French powerhouse club Toulon, Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights, South Africa’s Blue Bulls and the Samoan international team.

“Showcasing the very best in sports entertainment, the Brisbane Global Tens will draw fans from all over Australasia and beyond,” Carroll said. “Brisbane will come alive not just for the two days of rugby heaven on February 11 and 12, but for an entire week as the city shows the world just how much it has to offer. The spotlight will be on Brisbane and Queensland next summer – and we are ready to shine.


  • Ten Australian and New Zealand professional clubs and four elite invitational teams will compete (in 2017 the event will feature Toulon, the Bulls, Samoa and the Panasonic Wild Knights)
  • Ten-players-per-side, ten-minutes-per-half, knockout tournament
  • 16 hours of compelling live rugby, featuring 28 matches played over two days
  • Broadcast live across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Japan, Africa, France and other major international markets
  • Held annually on the second weekend of February, two weeks prior to the start of the Super Rugby season, at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Launches the rugby season in Australia and New Zealand
  • Sanctioned by the Australian Rugby Union and the New Zealand Rugby


  • The rules of the Brisbane Global Tens are based on World Rugby’s official rugby tens rules
  • Essentially a hybrid of the traditional 15-a-side game and rugby sevens, the objective is to promote free-flowing and fast paced rugby, while still retaining the physical intensity and enthralling forward and backline play that rugby fans love
  • Ten players per team on field, with unlimited interchanges
  • Ten minute halves, five minute half-time
  • Knockout matches drawn after regulation are continued into extra time, in multiple 5-minute periods
  • All conversion attempts must be drop-kicked
  • Conversions must be taken within 40 seconds of scoring a try
  • Five player scrums
  • Scoring team kicks off kicks off
  • Yellow cards net a three-minute suspension
  • Referees rule on advantage quickly (where one play usually ends advantage)


  • Monday 8 August, 2016 - Ticket pre-sale opens for Queensland Rugby community at 9.00am
  • Thursday 11 August, 2016 - General Public tickets on sale 9am (AEST time)
  • Monday 5 February, 2017 - Tournament week in Brisbane kicks off
  • Saturday 11 February, 2017 - Day One - Brisbane Global Tens
  • Sunday 12 February, 2017 - Day Two - Brisbane Global Tens



It could be a bit of a reunion if Toulon come out with their best players, would be a classy lineup:

Liam Gill
Juan Smith
Duaine Vemeulen
Matt Giteau
Ma'a Nonu
Bryan Habana
Drew Mithcell
James O'Connor
Leigh Halfpenny
Mathieu Bastareaud



1. Slipper
2. Ready
3. Tupou
4. Douglas
5. Tui
6. Frisby
7. Quade
8. Kerevi
9. Nabuli
10. Hunt


Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
Reckon Cadyern Neville would be well suited to this game although I know SFA about 10s.


1 Latu
2 Roach
3 Robertson
4 Holloway
5 Hanigan
6 Phipps
7 Foley
8 Folau
9 Robinson
10 Kellaway


Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member

1 Sio
2 Fainga'a
3 Smith
4 Fardy
5 Staniforth
6 Cubeli
7 Coleman
8 Kuridrani
9 Speight
10 Toua


Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member

1 Smith
2 Hanson
3 Weeks
4 Timani
5 McMahon
6 Stirzaker
7 Debreczeni
8 Naivalu
9 Koroibete
10 Fou ??


1 Daley
2 Scoble
3 Faulkner
5 Coleman
6 Prior
7 Lance
8 Tapuai
9 Morahan
10 DHP
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