ASIA PACIFIC DRAGONS COMPETE IN WORLD TENS SERIES
THE WORLD TENS SERIES (WTS) IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE ADDITION OF THE ASIA PACIFIC DRAGONS (APDS) AS THE THIRD TEAM NAMED TO COMPETE IN THE INAUGURAL 2020 WORLD TENS SERIES IN BERMUDA.
The APDs follow the inclusion of the Ohio Aviators (Columbus) and SX10 (Cape Town) who were both confirmed in the eight-team series earlier this month.
Former Rugby World Cup winning Australia number 8, Toutai Kefu will coach the Dragons with Nafi Tuitavake, Osea Kolinisau, Api Naikantani and Tomasi Alosio just a few of the international players pledging their names to the Dragons squad.
Tuitavake has represented New Zealand on the sevens circuit and has played 15-a-side international rugby for Tonga. Kolinisau and Naikatani are both plying their trade in MLR with Old Glory DC and Houston SaberCats respectively. Kolinisau was also a member of the successful Fiji Olympic 7s team where they took home the gold medal in Rio 2016. Alosio has represented Samoa on the 7s circuit since 2015 and can play in the centre or on the wing.
The Asia Pacific Dragons is owned and managed by the Carinat Sports Marketing team based in Hong Kong. The team competed in the Singapore World Club 10s in 2014 where Osea Kolinisau was a member of the squad that finished third. The APDs were also in the news last month confirming that it is in the running to be the Pacific Islands side added to Super Rugby from 2022.
Asia Pacific Dragons Head Coach, Toutai Kefu, is excited by the challenge of coaching this team against some of the best players in the world. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to coach the Asia Pacific Dragons in the newly formed World Tens Series.”
“It sounds like a great concept with some great new initiatives, these should attract new fans to the game and will also excite the current rugby supporters.
“Having the Asia Pacific Dragons playing in the World Tens Series can only strengthen their bid for Super Rugby inclusion and driving growth throughout the Pacific. Bermuda is going to be great, and an exciting time to be coaching this team.”
Osea Kolinisau has both 7s and 15s experience so is the ideal player for this format of the game. “I have loved the opportunities Houston have provided to play in the MLR and transitioning from 7s into 15s.
“This new opportunity to play in the World Tens Series and for the Asia Pacific Dragons is therefore a perfect fit for players like me, to get back to my roots and play an island style game plan is going to be lots of fun.
“Combing talent from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand is what fans want to see! I’d be quite scared to play against this team.”
Tomasi Alosio is relishing the challenge of getting back to top level rugby. “With the Olympics postponed due to Covid-19, it’s been extremely frustrating not being able to play competitive rugby.
“The World Tens Series provides the perfect opportunity to get back on the world stage and compete. I have played quite a bit of 15s over the years, however combining 15s and 7s through the 10s format is hugely exciting and can only support players wanting to further their careers.”
The Asia Pacific Dragons will gather in Bermuda prior to the tournament to acclimatise and train together ahead of the first round on 24th October.