By The Nation
The event is organised annually to raise funds for Nak Suu, a charity organisation established by Eddie Evans, former Canadian rugby international and chairman of the Bangkok Rugby Tens. The charity helps underprivileged children in the slums of Bangkok. Children in these areas are prone to substance abuse, prostitution and suffering from poverty. Funds raised will help these children by creating a supportive environment through team sport and activities as well as providing guidance and care. To support this, all proceeds from the tournament will go directly to Nak Suu, which will ensure this valuable work can continue.
As testament to its popularity, the Rugby Tens is once again booked out with many teams on the waiting list. Visitors can expect the 2020 tournament to be another exciting weekend full of fast-paced rugby, food stalls offering great cuisines, kids' zone with supervised activities, plenty of socialising and of course the legendary after-parties.
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. Youth games take place in the morning and adult games in the afternoon. 24 men’s open teams, 12 women’s teams, 10 vets teams, 42 youth teams and 10 touch rugby teams have already confirmed their attendance as well as 24 referees. This year’s participants include teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Papua New Guinea, The UK, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia, Singapore and, of course, our host country Thailand.
The entire event will be streamed live all over the world with live English commentary.
“In 2019 we welcomed about 3500 spectators and 1500 players and are expecting bigger numbers this year. Our reputation as a premium fun Rugby tournament keeps on growing and growing to attract more participants and supporters. “Our goal is to offer something for everyone, the players, the fans, families and youngsters, basically a great weekend out for all” said Evans.
“I would also like to extend a massive thanks to our generous sponsors, some of whom have been working with us for several years ,” he said. “The young children we support through our Nak Suu programme are benefiting and we can see we are really making a difference in their lives and future. This would not have been possible without the support from Four Points By Sheraton Bangkok Sukhumvit 15, Radisson Blu, Dream Hotel, Blue Horizon, Thai Beverage, Bumrungrad Hospital, Spirit of Bangkok, United Relocations, Prostar, Bangkok Patana School, KIS International School, X-treme Sports Gear and our PR partner, Midas PR Group”.