WORLD CLUB 10S RUGBY
<p align="justify">The World Club 10s will be the first sports event ‘kicking off’ the new National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday 21 June 2014. The new annual event will feature top professional club rugby teams from around the world supported by amateur club tournaments, music and lifestyle attractions to provide two full days of action and entertainment!</p><br/>
<p align="justify">Each day will run from 9am to early evening focused around a series of 20 minute rugby matches from the professional team tournament including 12 Pool matches on the Saturday and 12 Knockout matches on the Sunday.</p><br/>
<B><p>For Full Daily Event Schedule visit the Link <a href= "http://worldclubtens.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Event-Schedule.pdf">Here</a></p><br></b>
<p align="justify">Amateur rugby teams from around Asia also have the opportunity to be part of this historic occasion and play alongside their heroes with showcase matches organized by the Singapore Rugby Union, a Veterans competition on the Saturday and Junior competition on the Sunday!</p><br/>
<p align="justify">With 10 players per team on a full sized rugby pitch, 10s rugby blends the free flowing action of Sevens with the contest of Fifteens to provide ‘entertainment with an edge’ in short, exciting matches. It enables the big named teams and their players from professional club rugby to come to Asia so that fans can meet their heroes in an accessible and bite sized format.</p><br/>
<p align="justify">Children U12 are free and tickets are just S$40 a day or S$70 for a two-day pass with the chance to get a 20% discount on these prices. Local Singaporeans will also have the chance to experience their new National Stadium for a jaw-dropping price of just S$15 a day! (<a href="http://www.carinat.com/wc10scontact#newsletter">Click here</a> to sign up for the World Club 10s e-newsletter for more information.)</p><br/>
<p align="justify">However, the fun isn’t just on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June. Every month from now until the event, the World Club 10s will bring a rugby personality to Singapore to undertake a number of activities including coaching clinics, social gatherings and media briefings to spread the word about the event!</p><br/>
<p align="justify">Make sure you are part of this historic event and find out more about the competing teams, ticket discounts, playing alongside your heroes, the Monthly Events, competitions and more by visiting <a href="http://www.worldclub10s.com/"> www.WorldClub10s.com</a></p></br>
<p align="justify">Here are the Teams of the Rugby World Club 10s!
<p align="justify"> <strong>The Professional Teams</strong></br>
Eight of the best professional club teams from around the world are coming to Singapore to battle it out to become the inaugural Champions of the World Club 10s.</br></p></br>
<p align="justify">THE BRUMBLES </br>
Brumbies, based in Canberra, is arguably Australia’s most successful Super Rugby franchise. The team has reached five finals and won two of them in the Super Rugby competition, which showcases top teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Brumbies became the first team outside of New Zealand to win the competition when they toppled the Sharks from South Africa in the 2001 championship. Currently coached by former Australia Wallabies fly-half Stephen Larkham, the Brumbies roster includes a plethora of current Wallabies such as prop Ben Alexander, centre Pat McCabe, winger Joseph Tomane and fly-halfs Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua.
“Brumbies are very excited about being part of this great new event and being able to play against other world-class clubs in Singapore,” Larkham said. “We’re looking forward to playing in the impressive new stadium and welcoming Brumbies and Australian fans to support us!”</p></br>
<p align="justify">SAMOA WATER PRESIDENT'S 10</br>
The Samoa Rugby Union may represent one of the smallest nations, but the national team currently more than measures up with its current eighth place in the International Rugby Board (IRB) world rankings. Samoa boasts a wealth of experience having competed in the Rugby World Cups in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 and made history when they beat the Australia for the first time in Sydney in 2011. The team will feature national players such as George Stowers, former captain, and Mikaele Pesamino who wowed Singapore last year with three tries in the final of the Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s for the Asia Pacific Dragons.
“The Samoa Rugby Union, playing as the Samoa Water President’s 10, foresees this opportunity as one for building talent towards the future and especially with the development of new players for international competition in both 7s and 15s. This is an exciting prospect for players to be exposed at a very high level and to have the opportunity to test their skills against primed and professional athletes. We would like to thank Samoa Water for its backing of the team to enable this event to happen,” said Prime Minister and Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.</p></br>
<p align="justify">THE BLUES</br>
The Blues are one of the most successful teams in Super Rugby history, the largest professional rugby union competition in the Southern Hemisphere, winning their first two seasons in 1996 and 1997, and again in 2003.</br>
“We’re delighted to accept an invitation to participate in the inaugural World Club 10s tournament,” Blues Chief Executive Michael Redman said.</br>
“We hope this tournament will develop into an important annual event that will strengthen our overall programme. It is an opportunity for Blues players to experience competition on another international stage along with other Super Rugby and leading world clubs.”</p></br>
<p align="justify">THE DRAGONS</br>
FROM: Asia Pacific</br>
The Dragons formed in 2011 as the Asia Pacific Barbarians and have since competed against, and beaten, some big names in world rugby, not least the 2012 English Premiership Champions, Saracens.</br>
Whilst that was a XVs match, the team successfully competes at Sevens and Tens and returns to Singapore as the reigning SCC International Rugby 7s Champions having beaten Penguins 43-5 in the 2013 Final.</br>
The Dragons are building their fixture list against National teams and in International tournaments as they look to build awareness, and become ‘the team’ for fans of Asia and the Pacific to support. </p></br>
<p align="justify">BIARRITZ OLYMPIQUE</br>
Biarritz Olympique is one of France’s most historic teams, having won the French Top 14 domestic league on five occasions, including back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006. In its heyday in the mid-2000s, Biarritz was one of the most-feared squads in all of Europe, having finished runner-up in the Heineken Cup, rugby’s equivalent of football’s UEFA Champions League, in 2006 and 2010. Biarritz won the European Challenge Cup in 2012 and currently boasts French stars including Imanol Harinordoquy and Dimitri Yachvili along with international stars Joe Pieterson from South Africa and World Cup winner Iain Balshaw from England.</br>
Biarritz’s home stadium, the Parc des Sports Aguilera, is considered one of the French league’s most intimidating venues to play at, thanks to passionate support from the team’s vocal fans who often wave the Basque flag and sing traditional songs in unison in the stands.</br>
Serge Blanco, President of Biarritz Olympique, said: “Biarritz Olympique are delighted to be competing in this inaugural World Club 10s tournament in Singapore. The stadium looks fantastic, and it will be a great opportunity for us to meet French rugby fans from across all of Asia. We hope they come to Singapore to support us.
“It is a special year for Biarritz rugby, with this being our 100th season, so it is a special time for us to celebrate Biarritz rugby. This World Club 10s tournament is the perfect end to this important year. I’m looking forward to coming with our squad.”</p></br>
<p align="justify">CARDIFF BLUES</br>
Cardiff competes in the Pro12 league, comprising teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. With a squad featuring Wales internationals such as Gethin Jenkins, the most capped Welsh player of all time, Alex Cuthbert, and Sam Warburton – who led the British Lions to a historic series victory over Australia last summer, the Blues will look to demonstrate the kind of form that has established the club as a perennial contender in the Heineken Cup, Europe’s premier regional tournament.</br>
Cardiff’s trophy cabinet is also well-stocked from its wins in regional competitions such as the Challenge Cup in 2009-2010 and the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2008-2009. The 2009-2010 Challenge Cup win marked the first time a Welsh team had won a European trophy.
Paul John, Coach of Cardiff Blues, said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the Blues to begin preparations for the new season against some of the greatest teams and players in rugby. We will take a strong squad to Singapore. We hope many fans will join us and Welsh supporters across Asia will back the Blues.”</br>
Richard Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Blues, said: “The Cardiff Blues are delighted to be confirmed as part of this superb new showpiece tournament and face other world-class teams from around the globe. This two-day tournament will be the first sporting event to be held at the National Stadium at the newly opened Singapore Sports Hub, and so we are honoured to be a part of history.”</p></br>
<p align="justify">And other teams like:</br></br>
<p align="justify">London Welsh</br>
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