First two teams announced for World Tens Series
The World Tens Series is proud to introduce rugby fans around the world to the first two teams that have been confirmed to compete in the World Tens Series in Bermuda 2020.
Introducing THE OHIO AVIATORS
The Ohio Aviators based in Columbus, Ohio (USA) will bring an exciting lineup of players to the tournament and they will entertain the rugby world with their team culture and unique playing style. The Ohio Aviators are no strangers to the rugby world having previously competed in the PRO rugby tournament. Director Of Rugby, Tom Rooney: “We are extremely excited to revive this Pro Rugby legacy brand, team and culture and jump into the World Tens format. We have great player depth and interest, something that will give us a strong footing in the tournament structure, especially considering the pace of play that we are expecting.”
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA
Representing Cape Town, South Africa, the SX10 rugby Tens team will wow rugby fans around the world when their team of experienced and up and coming players mix it up in this exciting new format.
Frankie Horne has been appointed as the head coach of SX10 and supporters can look forward to plenty of tries, offloads and side steps from his exceptionally skilled and diverse squad.
World Tens Series at the forefront of player welfare, creating inspiration and offering contracts during uncertain times
Aayden Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Rugby Players
“We have worked closely with the WTS organization as they have developed and put in place their policies for player welfare, structures, laws, governance, and COVID protocols. As a Player Association, it’s great to see these player welfare aspects are developed in the fabric of such a new exciting competition, and not just an afterthought. This is particularly timely, and very welcome, with the impact COVID has had on countless players career’s and livelihoods, and contracts being reduced and canceled on a daily basis across the rugby world. So this is a great opportunity for not only our 7s and XVs Pacific Island players, but also so many from across the world to gain a contract in one of the new Teams. Any well planned and player welfare focused new initiative which offers players with opportunities is welcomed and supported.”
‘Players want to compete in the World Tens Series’ Dan Norton, former England 7s player
“I am really excited about this new Series. The Tens format will bring 7s and XVs players together on the same pitch – and will be a real feast for sports fans. I know there are a lot of players who have committed themselves to be in the player pool and hope to be selected by one of the new Team Ownership groups. If the opportunity presents itself Bermuda will be a real hit.”
What is Rugby Tens?
Rugby Tens is ten-a-side rugby made for all shapes and sizes played over two ten minute halves with a two minute halftime break which makes for fast paced rugby action and it is the perfect mix of rugby 15’s tactics to go with the pace of rugby 7’s.
The conversion jeopardy rule adds excitement with points being awarded to teams based on the zone where the kicker takes the conversion from and matches will never end in a draw with a match play shootout on the cards if games are all level at the final whistle.
All out strength, pace and power required for Rugby Tens
Rugby Tens looks for players who are at the top of their game and the nature and speed of the game requires speed, strength, power and skill to go with teamwork and tactical vision.
World Tens Series Bermuda 2020
SX10 and Ohio Aviators will compete against international privately-owned teams in the picturesque island of Bermuda during the 2020 World Tens Series and the tournament format sees eight teams drawn into two groups of four. Round-robin matches will be followed by quarterfinals, semi-finals and a final.
Grotto Bay resort to host all eight teams
All teams competing at the World Tens Series in Bermuda 2020 will stay at the 21 acre Grotto Bay resort where they will have their own private beach and plenty of culture and banter will be shared between the teams.
World Tens Series 2021 and beyond
2021 will see the World Tens Series run over a four month season where the tournament will be expanded to include 16 teams playing in 12 world class cities throughout the world and each location will host the tournament for one week.
Points are awarded to every team based on their performances in each tournament and the team with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned World Tens Series Champions.
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