Teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Papua New Guinea, UK, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia, Singapore and host country Thailand are taking part. Many are bringing fans from their home countries.
The event is organized annually to raise funds for Nak Suu, a charity established by ex-Canadian rugby international and Chairman of the Bangkok Rugby 10s, Eddie Evans. The charity helps underprivileged children in the slums of Bangkok. Children in these areas are being subjected to substance abuse, prostitution, lack of education and poverty. Funds raised will help these children by creating a supportive environment through team sport and activities as well as providing guidance and care.
To support this initiative, all proceeds from the tournament will go directly to Nak Suu, which will ensure this valuable work can continue.
As testament to its popularity, the Rugby Tens is once again booked out with a wait list of teams still trying to be included. Visitors can expect the 2020 tournament to be another exciting weekend full of fast-paced rugby, food stalls offering great cuisines, kids’ zone with supervised activities, plenty of socializing and the legendary after-parties. Each year the event attracts around 100 teams from around the world competing in the men’s open division, vets, women’s, youth rugby as well as touch rugby. Youth games run in the morning and adult games in the afternoon. 24 men’s open teams, 12 women’s teams, 10 vets teams, 42 youth teams and 10 touch rugby teams have already confirmed their attendance as well as 24 referees.
“In 2019 we welcomed about 3,500 spectators and 1,500 players, and we’re expecting bigger numbers this year,” explains Eddie Evans. “Our reputation as a premium fun rugby tournament keeps on growing and attracts more participants and supporters.
“Our goal is to offer something for everyone, the players, the fans, families and youngsters, basically a great weekend out for all.
“I would also like to extend a massive thanks to our generous sponsors, some of which we have been working with for several years now,” Eddie continues.
“These young children we support through our Nak Suu program are benefitting so much and we can see we are really making a difference in their lives and future. This would not have been possible without the support from Four Points By Sheraton Bangkok Sukhumvit 15, Radisson Blu, Dream Hotel, Blue Horizon, Thai Beverage, Bumrungrad Hospital, Spirit of Bangkok, United Relocations, Prostar, Bangkok Patana School, KIS International School, X-treme Sports Gear and our PR partner, Midas PR Group.”