Some of the world’s best rugby players will be eager to flaunt their ability in the shorter format when they turn out in a highly anticipated battle for the Beachcomber World Club 10s title in Mauritius next year.
The fourth edition of the tournament, to be played between 15-17 June 2018, will see eight professional teams from around the globe converging on the stunning island paradise for a rugby party.
A strong line-up of invitation teams will compete for the title, including the likes of South African giants the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the Cell C Sharks, as well as English Premiership club the Newcastle Falcons, French outfits Montpellier Herault and the French Pyrenees, and the Africa Pacific Dragons.
They will turn out in the 10-man format, which is a shortened version of the XVs format mixed with some of the exciting elements of Sevens.
“We are eager to showcase great players and teams in this exciting format, and we are certain that spectators will enjoy superb matches between high-quality teams,” says Heyneke Meyer, Managing Director of Carinat Sports Marketing.
“This year we have also opened the tournament to amateur and social teams, who will take part in various categories, giving fans the chance to not only watch some great rugby but to compete in the event themselves as well.”
John Mitchell, the Blue Bulls Company Executive Rugby, says he looks forward to having his squad defend the prestigious crown they lifted at last year’s event.
“The tournament comes at a perfect time for us, as we head into the business end of Vodacom Super Rugby, with the Currie Cup season on the horizon as well,” Mitchell says.
“This not only provides a good platform to get a competitive run in against some quality opposition, but also gives the boys an opportunity to enjoy a little more space on the rugby field.
“We are looking forward to returning to Mauritius, and will be keen to defend our title in 2018.”
The unique tournament gives rugby fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with world-class players by staying in one of the luxury Beachcomber Resorts and sharing hotels with professional teams who are participating.
Spectators will also have the chance to play beach rugby with pro team members and various legends of the game.
Aside from the standard features of a trip to Mauritius, concerts and beer tents will assist in keeping spectators entertained throughout the three-day spectacle.
“We are delighted to be hosting this spectacular event in Mauritius for the third year in a row, offering fans a chance to watch world-class rugby against the backdrop of an island paradise,” says Jon Phelps, a Founding Partner of Carinat Marketing.
“We are proud to be hosting another truly special event for rugby fans which promises to be bigger and better than ever before.”
All-inclusive flight and hotel packages are available from Air Mauritius and Beachcomber Resorts, starting from R12 000 per person, which offer incredible value for money.
The packages include either three or four nights’ accommodation, including breakfast, tickets to watch all three days of the Beachcomber World Club 10s, return flights from Johannesburg and airport-hotel transfers.