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Bangkok’s favourite rugby tourney is back with a bang

The 2020 edition of the Bangkok International Rugby Tens tournament will take place in the Thai capital on February 29 and March 1, the organizers have confirmed. Now in its 15th year, the Rugby Tens will be held at the Sports Complex of Bangkok Patana School in Bang Na.

The event is organized annually to raise funds for Nak Suu, a charity established by former Canadian Rugby international Eddie Evans, who also chairs the Bangkok Rugby 10s,.

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.

As testament to its popularity, the Rugby Tens is once again booked out with a waiting list of teams still trying to get in.

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.

This year’s participants hail from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Papua New Guinea, the UK, India, Sri Lanka, Japan and China to neighbours Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia and Singapore and, of course, the host country Thailand.

The entire event will be streamed live all over the world with live commentating in English.

“In 2019 we welcomed about 3,500 spectators and 1,500 players and are expecting bigger numbers this year. Our reputation as a premium fun Rugby tournament keeps on growing and attracting more participants and supporters,”  Evans said.

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