Leading rugby players to converge on Brisbane
31 August 2016
Invest Brisbane is proud to be part of the team bringing the game they play in heaven to Brisbane in February 2017.
The inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament was announced this month and the two-day sporting bonanza will bring some of the world's best rugby players to Brisbane.
Further reinforcing the city's reputation as a premier sporting event destination, the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament will bring together 300-plus players from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Japan and Samoa for a gladiatorial spectacle expected to attract fans from throughout Australia and overseas.
Billed as two days of "rugby heaven" with $1.6 million in prizemoney up for grabs, the exclusive 10-a-side competition will be played at the world-class Suncorp Stadium, which is conveniently supported by the Caxton St dining and entertainment precinct.
Every Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby franchise will participate, along with four invitational teams from the other four nations involved.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the new tournament demonstrated Brisbane's growing desirability as a location to host high-profile international sporting events.
"Our 2022 New World City Action Plan aims to deliver major drawcard events for Brisbane and the new tournament fits that bill perfectly," Cr Quirk said.
"This is an elite competition in which traditional rivalries will be played out in what many consider Australia and New Zealand's best rugby stadium - Suncorp.
The Global Rugby Tens concept is expected to herald an exciting new era for the game in an abbreviated form of rugby that will be fast and furious; sitting between Sevens and the full 15-a-side version.
"It's the best of both worlds, offering the pace and freedom of Sevens with the physical intensity and high-quality forward and backline play of the traditional game," Cr Quirk said.
"The tournament marks the first time Suncorp Stadium has hosted a major rugby tournament over two days and I expect all the games will be sell-outs.
"For local fans it's a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the Queensland Reds take on some of the best teams in the world."
The Brisbane Global Tens tournament will be delivered by Duco Events supported by Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency.
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