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The Sharks and Toulon confirm their participation to the Mauritius tournament

Jean Deysel of the Sharks and Carl Hayman of Toulon pose with the World Club 10s trophy at Beachcomber’s Trou aux Biches Resort and Spa in Mauritius. Photo: Khatleen Minerve.
Jean Deysel of the Sharks and Carl Hayman of Toulon pose with the World Club 10s trophy at Beachcomber’s Trou aux Biches Resort and Spa in Mauritius. Photo: Khatleen Minerve.
Yesterday, Carinat, a member of Avenport Investment group has signed a deal with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority to organize the World Club 10s in Mauritius on 18th and 19th June 2016.

This event will bring some of the best teams in the world to Mauritius and will be a fantastic festival of rugby.

The Sharks and Toulon are the first two sides to confirm their participation in the second 10-a-side World Club Champs to be held in Mauritius from June 18-19.
The invitational will again feature Super Rugby franchises and northern-hemisphere clubs in an 8 team event divided into 2 pools. This following Piri Weepu’s Blues having beaten the Brumbies to win the inaugural 2014 final in Singapore.
The Mauritius event will be held at the 16 000-capacity Anjalay Stadium, just a short drive from Port Louis. Clubs, universities, women’s teams and age-group sides will all be invited to compete in the various supporting competitions that will be a key part of a week-long rugby festival, culminating in the World Club 10s. All of the finals will be held at the main stadium on the Sunday.
Sharks CEO John Smit said: “The Sharks are truly excited to be making our debut in the World Club 10s, especially as the tournament is held in Mauritius for the first time.
“We heard a lot of good feedback from the first tournament, but Mauritius holds a special place for many South Africans and it excites me to know that our team will be playing there for the very first time. Mauritius is one of the world’s most beautiful and exotic destinations, so it’s sure to be an amazing week for the players and all the fans who travel there.”
Star-studded Toulon will no doubt be a huge attraction in Mauritius as they make their World Club 10s debut. The club won the European Rugby Championsfor a third straight time last May and currently boast many of the world’s best-known players.
Head coach Bernard Laporte said: “Toulon are delighted to enter the World Club 10s and are looking forward to playing this fantastic tournament in Mauritius.”
France is the biggest supplier of visitors to Mauritius, which is a popular destination for holiday goers seeking luxury resorts, picture-perfect beaches, clear water and a sunny climate.
Arnaud Martin, Chairman of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) believes: “Mauritius will provide a spectacular setting for the tournament and I know players and fans will all enjoy the warm hospitality it provides.”

About World Club 10s
The tournament features 2 round-robin pools of 4 on Saturday 18 June and 12 knockout matches on Sunday. Each team plays 6 20-minute matches over the weekend. The first World Club 10s was held in Singapore in June 2014 and was the first international sports event to be staged in the newly opened 55 000-seat National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub. The Blues (New Zealand) won the final by beating Brumbies (Australia) 10-5 after extra-time. Other teams came from France, England, Wales, Italy, Samoa and Asia-Pacific.

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