Tuesday, 05/09/2017 15:42

International Rugby tourney returns to RMIT

Photo courtesy of organiser

This year marks the 3rd consecutive year the Al Fresco’s Group (AFG) have hosted an International Rugby Tournament at RMIT’s University. The tournament is organized by AFG, in cooperation with the Wolf Blass and the Castelo Group, Hong Kong, at RMIT University, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City from 9am to 6pm, on 16-17 September 2017.

This year, the tournament welcomes 28 teams from more than 10 countries. This year is the first time the tournament has the participance of Female Rugby players from five, “All FemaleTeams"

Besides putting Vietnam on the map for the local and regional circuits of International Rugby Teams who wish to travel, compete and enjoy fun rugby tournaments, the organizers of Wolf Blass Saigon Rugby 10s would like to focus on the tournament’s hospitality as well as organising an entertaining sporting event.

On a Friday night, teams are collected at the airport and then attend a huge welcome party, this year hosted by Equatorial Hotel in D5. A fun meet and greet party with an endless smorgasbord of quality food and drink. Then on Saturday, players roll into the tournament.

The tournament also has a lot of interesting activities for both kids and adults besides great rugby, food and drink. There’s a fun activation area hosted by ISHCMC for kids, Rugby kid coaching clinic, there’s a DJ playing during the days of tournament, opportunities to gather and chat with friends, making new friends and have funs…The tournament enriches the weekend entertainment activities in Saigon and provides an exciting playground for players, sponsors, officials and spectators who wish to enjoy a family day out and watch live sports.

Saturday is the first part of the tournament, and will host all of the group games. This year they’ve split the categories. Full-on go, where teams hit hard, a veteran’s pool of players over 35, and this year for the first time Rugby 10s will host women’s rugby.

Everyone will get to watch some great rugby from some international teams that have never stepped foot in Vietnam before.

The best news is… you can come back on Sunday for more of the same, and get to watch the final teams compete for the coveted trophy.

“We’ve got bookings already for next year,” Mr. Peter Holdsworth, the AFG’s Marketing Manager exclaims. “Teams from New Zealand and South Africa have already booked their spots. Ideally we’d love this to be a 100-team tournament, to get more community involvement, and to incorporate additional sport, such as touch rugby. There is so much potential for this event.”

“This year we are very excited to have Wolf Blass Wine, Australia, commit to a three year naming rights sponsors contract and we hugely appreciate such a prestigious wine company as Wolf Blass for their support and belief of the Saigon 10’s event.

We look forward to working in partnership with Wolf Blass for the next three years, enhancing and strengthening and taking the Wolf Blass Saigon 10’s to a new level, for many more years to come,” added Holdsworth.

This is NOT just a great day of International Rugby, it is a BIG DAY OUT for the whole family!!!

Free Entrance and the action starts from 9am until 6pm at RMIT’s stadium (702 Nguyen Van Linh, D7, HCMC) on Saturday and Sunday 16-17 September 2017.

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About the Tournament Organisers

Starting operation in Vietnam since 1996, AFG to date has more than 50 restaurants in Vietnam and has a deep passion for sports therefore it’s a perfect fit for AFG to organize a tournament of this kind.

AFG has organised similar tournaments for Soccer in HN, hosting 24 teams and more than 2000 people for the after parties. AFG has the required expertise and professionalism to undertake a tournament such as the Wolf Blass Saigon 10’s as it was demonstrated in the inaugural tournament in September 2015. The AFG also has the support of their Parent Group in Hong Kong, The Castelo Group which currently has 25 outlets plus Jaspas Party Junks and has been hosting major events in HK for more than 20 years.

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