We are just weeks away from the 15th edition of the Phuket International Tens, this year sponsored by STRATEGIC SPORTS that will take place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of May at the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club in sunny Phuket.
Friday will also see the round robin stages of the annual Coffin Dodgers competition sponsored by ATHENA SIAM Ltd. which will conclude with the finals on Sunday.
A true feast of International Rugby action returns to Phuket for the 15th year. This years event is being organised in conjunction with Phuket Rugby by Strategic Sports and the venue will be the excellent facilities at the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club. The weekend will kick off on Friday May 24th with the Coffin Dodgers Vets tournament. On Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th 16 teams will compete in the main competition including last years champions Morrabbin Rams from Australia who will field two sides, along with old favorites The Bedok Kings & Singapore Champions, The Wanderers, Thai hopefuls The Prince of Songkla University and the Asian Japanese Dragons. We also welcome back from Australia the Groote Eylandt Mudchooks & Melanins from Japan. First timers Alor Star Blues will be serious contenders for the cup as will Sri Lankan Sevens Champions the UC Lions. The Selangor Dogs, Taipei Baboons & Al Ain Amblers all will all be vying to lift the cup come Sunday as well. Hosts the Phuket Vagabonds will field one of their strongest sides since finishing runners up in 2002 & will hope to be amongst the finals come Sunday.
The Coffin Dodgers Vets competition will again be a close run affair with defending champs the Morrabbin Rams and Singapore Wanderers Wrinklies being the serious contenders. Age is finally beginning to tell on the Cottesloe teams & they will combine to put out their strongest side from Perth Australia & will no doubt be strong and will be looking to get revenge for last years early exit and go all the way. The Hong Kong Bulls return & new comers the Think Pink New Zealanders from Singapore, Extinct Volcanos from Philippines & Taipei Silverbacks all appear strong and should be in the mix come finals day on Sunday. We welcome back the Selangor Dogs from Malaysia who will raise the volume of the singing off the field as well as the play on it. The annual Weasel cup will not be played for this year as old rivals The Old Bangkok Bangers cant field a team. The Viagrabonds will retain the trophy they have held for the last three years for another year. Saturday & Sunday will also see youth rugby show casing their talents in an U 13's & U 16's tournament with hosts the Phuket Lomas looking to win both competitions on home soil against the Centaurs from Singapore, the Bangkok Lions.& Krabi
Despite rain and mud the Rams, hung on to win their second Phuket Tens title, 10 years after their first one.
In a tough final played in difficult conditions the Rams held onto a 5-0 win over former champions, The Roosters from South Africa.
They also made it a bumper weekend by winning the Coffin Dodgers tournament with their veterans, again led by the legend, Gazza, running out 12-0 winners over the Wanderers Wrinklies from Singapore.
They made it a hattrick by winning the Tour Virgin Beauty Pageant on Saturday night as well.
Follow the tens live on Macoocoo
THE WEASEL CUP 2012
After a tense first half the Phuket Viagrabonds packed full of local veteran talent ran out winners in the annual Weasel Cup game by a score of 19-0. After a scoreless first half, kept that way by Thomas from the Bangers spectacular try saving chase back, the Viagrabonds scored 3 second half tries to take the game.
The Weasel Cup Winners - Phuket Viagrabonds
CHARITY BIKE RIDE
THIS YEAR WAS DIFFERENT
After three years of riding Bangkok to Phuket, the Bangers On Bikes decided to do it the other way round this year and also to do it a day quicker than ever before. There were some new faces again this year but the core of the original three Bob Pearson and Jean Francois Klentzi were again to be found huffing and puffing along the highway. This year they were joined by 3 year veterans Martin Hodgson and Richard Folds, Trefor Day making his second trip and rookie rider Rod Kerr (elder brother of Viagrabonds Legend Angus Kerr).
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At the Asia Center Foundation prior to departing for Bangkok.
2010, 2011 and 2012 Cyclists: Pete, Jean Francois and Bobby
THE RONDA BUTLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The 2011 Phuket International Rugby 10s raised close to 800,000 Baht for the Ronda Butler Memorial Fund. This equates to keeping 92 children on scholarships for the next year.
THE GREATEST VICTORY!!!
Pat Cotter, organiser of the Phuket International Tens and Roelein Muller of the Asia Centre Foundation have won the prestigious International Rugby Board 'SPIRIT OF RUGBY' Award for 2008.
Pat and Roeliein were flown over the UK by the IRB, taken to the England v South Africa game and then on Sunday attended the gala dinner at Old Billingsgate in London where Shane Williams received the Player of The Year Award, and the New Zealand All Blacks won Team Of The Year.