2018 Brisbane Global Tens

  • After today's news, I can't resist starting this thread.

    First things first, the 2018 version of the tournament will take place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February. So not on Saturday and Sunday anymore, like last year. Another change is that it will be a day-night event, beginning in the afternoon and running into the evening, taking games out of the hottest part of the day.

    In addition to the Aussie and NZ Super Rugby squads, participants include French club Pau, Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights, Fiji and Samoa. There will also be a representative side from Western Australia, despite the Wester Force being pulled from Super Rugby.

    And then the reason why I started the thread today. The Blues had been asking fans on social media which player they would like to see included in their squad as a wild card player. Today, the Blues have announced that player: Carlos Spencer!


  • He probably won't do the worst of jobs

  • Super Rugby title winner Carlos Spencer will play for the Blues at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium in February.

    Described by some as one of the most precocious talents to grace a rugby field, Spencer played 96 games for the Blues between 1996 and 2005, and was instrumental in the club claiming Super Rugby titles in 1996, 1997 and 2003.

    A 35-test All Black, Spencer also made 93 appearances for the legendary Auckland team of the 1990s.

    The 42-year-old joins the Blues for the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens as a wildcard selection following an online public poll in which he was a clear favourite with the club’s fans.

    “It’s going to be amazing to put that Blues jersey back on again,” Spencer said. “I am very excited to be running around with a bunch of young guys again.”

    Spencer has remained extremely fit since retiring as a player in 2010.

    “The body’s pretty good,” he said. “I’m actually training for the Cape Epic (an eight-day, 700km mountain bike race through South Africa’s Western Cape) in March next year, so I’m doing a bit of cycling at the moment.

    Blues chief executive Michael Redman said the club was thrilled to have the club legend link with the team during preparations for the 2108 season.

    “Carlos is one of the greatest Blues players ever and our fans voted overwhelmingly that it was him they wanted as our wildcard in Brisbane,” Redman said. “Seeing him in a Blues jersey again will be something special.”

    Being a part of the Blues’ environment again was something he would cherish, Spencer said.

    “I still have a lot of passion for the Blue jersey. To get back involved with that culture at a club that has given me so much over the years is going to very special.

    “I’ve played a couple of social events over the last couple of years but these guys are a lot fitter, faster and stronger. I’ll be relying on the young guys to put me into space and then back me up so I can offload it. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

    Spencer joins global rugby heavyweights Julian Savea, Kurtley Beale, Conrad Smith, Karmichael Hunt, Liam Messam and Colin Slade in committing to play in the 2018 tournament.

  • Hopefully the other NZ sides make a similar selection.

    The Aussies sides all tried to play at least one old player this year (Tuqiri, Larkham, Turinui, Walker, Latham)

  • @duluth said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    Hopefully the other NZ sides make a similar selection.

    Hopefully not. It discredits the event from the get-go. Makes it seem like more of a jokeshop tournament than it already is.

    I actually enjoyed it this year for the fact I got to see all the young'uns from the various WTG showing off their talents. I'm not really interested in seeing Taine Randell, Norm Maxwell, etc getting 2 minutes off the bench every second game.

  • @wurzel said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    Hopefully not. It discredits the event from the get-go. Makes it seem like more of a jokeshop tournament than it already is.

    It's a preseason semi serious giggle

    Fringe players, an older guy and a handful of the top team seems about right to me.
    Most of the top players won't gain much from playing and then there is the injury risk

    I don't get why people want this to be a super serious tournament. Enjoy it (or don't) for what it is

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  • Roger Randle for the Chiefs? Get Fossie to put the boots on? 😝

  • The pools have been announced. Easy pool for the Blues.

  • @stargazer Given the Blues efforts last year at the 10s i'd say an easy pool for everyone else in the Blues pool.

  • @kiwimurph Oh, c'mon, only the Wild Knights will be a serious opponent. Surely, the Blues have the best cattle of that lot.

  • @stargazer Reds and Wild Knights both made it out of the pool stages in the 2017 tournament. Rebels won a game. Blues did neither.

  • All depends on who they send. is it wider squad backs and loose forwards for fitness/ game experience/ shits and giggles or is it their best XV minus the tight five..?

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    So Pau have rolled out some familiar names for their Brisbane 10s team.

    Wonder this mystery AB will be?

    Pau's Brisbane Tens squad: Conrad Smith, Colin Slade, Ben Mowen, Steffon Armitage, Thomas Taylor, Lourens Adriaanse, Frank Halai, Jamie Mackintosh, Ignacio Calles, Lucas Rey Quentin Lespiauq, Jeremy Hurou, Daniel Ramsay, Giovanni Habel Kuffner, Pierrick Gunther, Baptiste Pesenti, Martin Puech, Thibault Daubagna, Clovis Lebail, Bastien Pourailly, Brandon Fajardo, Mathias Colombet, Watisoni Votu, Florian Nicot, Mystery All Blacks legend.

  • @kiwimurph probably mn5s favourite author.

  • Pool C looks stacked. According to that club ranking table - the two best club sides in the world and the Olympic Gold medallists in 7s.....and the Brumbies.

  • @bones my serious guess is Chris Masoe

  • The Brisbane Tens accounted tweeted about the Pau selection having 183 international caps between them. Smith, Slade, Mowen, Taylor, Stanley, Mackintosh, Halai, Armitage and Lauren Adriaanse have a total of 149 caps between them. So, unless other players in this list have international caps, the mystery AB must have 34 caps.

  • @kiwimurph said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    @bones my serious guess is Chris Masoe

    You could be right, but All Blacks "legend"? Let's not just throw that word around like its candy. I'm expecting someone of Carter or McCaws quality.

  • @stargazer According to a quick scan 34 caps means Bruce Robertson, Stu Wilson or Murray Mexted?

    Legends, yes. Likely, no.

    However, assuming there's one random cap spread among the others then 33 could be Victor Vito.

  • @chris-b Would be awesome, but I can't imagine La Rochelle releasing Vito to play for Pau at the Brisbane Tens.

  • @no-quarter said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    @kiwimurph said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    @bones my serious guess is Chris Masoe

    You could be right, but All Blacks "legend"? Let's not just throw that word around like its candy. I'm expecting someone of Carter or McCaws quality.

    well we're already stretching "star" with most of the guys in that graphic

  • @chris-b I saw Bruce last week, he didnt mention it!

    "All Blacks" Legend

    Could it be "All Blacks" 7s Legend DJ Forbes?

  • @taniwharugby said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    @chris-b I saw Bruce last week, he didnt mention it!

    "All Blacks Legend"

    Could it be All BLacks 7s Legend DJ Forbes?

    Haha I hope it is that would be the biggest cop out.

  • @bones said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    @kiwimurph probably mn5s favourite author.

    Norm Hewitt?

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    It seems we weren't aiming low enough with 'All Blacks legend'. Simon Mannix. Fucking hell.

  • @kiwimurph said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

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    It seems we weren't aiming low enough with 'All Blacks legend'. Simon Mannix. Fucking hell.

    Caleb Ralphs career doesn't look too bad now.

  • @kiwimurph I took that tweet from Jamie Wall as a joke. Nothing official about the team naming from Pau; the mystery player not yet named by the Brisbane Tens account either. Hmmm 🤔

  • @stargazer he does coach Pau. Here's hoping it is a joke.

  • Carl hayman

  • Yep much better than Simon Mannix.

  • The draw has been published. I think the times are AEST. In that case, add 2 hours for NZT.

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    Blues will be pleased. Or did they make the draw? Don't think the Crusaders, Hurricanes and Brumbies will be so happy.

  • @arhs Yeah cos the Blues go so well playing in the extreme heat (which 2 of their 3 games are)....just ask the Sunwolves.........

  • So what's up with some teams picking a retired player for this tournament? Are all teams going to name one (legend or not)?

    Drew Mitchell is back in NSW Waratahs blue

    Former NSW Waratahs winger Drew Mitchell has come out of retirement to put on the sky blue jersey as the marquee player for next month’s Global Brisbane Tens tournament.

  • @rocky-rockbottom said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:

    @arhs said in 2018 Brisbane Global Tens:


    Blues will be pleased. Or did they make the draw?

    They're so dumb they probably failed to make the main draw at a fucken invitational tournament. Wish they'd get relegated from Super Rugby so I could just get on with my life...

    I heard the Blues are fitter, faster and stronger then ever before this year! Or is that the Warriors, it gets confusing...

  • @rocky-rockbottom dont worry bro, you can get yourself there in case they fail


  • Fiji Rugby names Brisbane 10s squad

    Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Update: 1:40PM A NATIONAL extended squad for the upcoming Brisbane 10s event has been released by the Fiji Rugby Union.

    FRU chief executive officer John O'Connor said an event like the Brisbane 10s was a perfect opportunity to provide exposure for the local players.

    The Brisbane 10s will be held next month (February 9-10) at the Suncorp Stadium in Australia.

    The selected players are:

    Prop - Joeli Veitiyaki, Mosese Ducivaki, Kalivate Tawake, Eroni Mawi, Timoci Sauvoli. Osea Naganilau

    Hooker - Vesi Rarawa, Veremalua Vugakoto, Ratunaisa Navuma

    Locks/Flanker - Fabino Rogovakalili, Lepani Kurumudu, Viliame Rarasea, Albert Tuisue, Mosese Voka, Peni Raidre, Filimoni Seru, Jale Railala, Elia Canakaivata

    Half Back/Fly Half - Serupepeli Vularika, Frank Lomani, Seru Cavuilati

    1st Five - Teti Tela, Jone Manu, Alivereti Veitokani

    Centre - Ifereimi Tovilevu, Lepani Rayala, Peniasi Kunabuli, Enele Malele, Cyril Reece

    Wing/Full Back - Apete Davete, Timoci Sinate, Inia Tawalo, Aporosa Tabulawaki

  • St.George Queensland Reds squad for Brisbane Global Rugby Tens

    James Slipper Bond University 95 86
    Taniela Tupou Brothers 17 1
    Sef Fa'agase University of Queensland 34 -
    JP Smith GPS 27 -
    Brandon Paenga-Amosa Sunnybank - -
    Andrew Ready Easts 27 -
    Angus Blyth Bond University - -
    Harry Hockings University of Queensland - -
    Kane Douglas Norths 90 31
    Angus Scott-Young University of Queensland - -
    Michael Gunn Easts 8 -
    Liam Wright Easts - -
    Tai Ford Bond University - -
    Reece Hewat Norths 1 -

    James Tuttle GPS 18 -
    Moses Sorovi University of Queensland 1 -
    Tate McDermott University of Queensland - -
    Hamish Stewart Bond University 5 -
    Nick Jooste Norths - -
    Teti Tela Souths - -
    Tony Hunt Norths - -
    Samu Kerevi (c) Souths 44 8
    Filipo Daugunu Wests - -
    Jayden Ngamanu Souths 1 -
    Izaia Perese Easts 12 -
    Lachlan Maranta Wests 2 -

    The St.George Queensland Reds have announced their squad for the second edition of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, which returns to Suncorp Stadium in a new day-night format this February 9-10.

    The Tens will be the Reds’ second pre-season fixture in 2018, but their first against external opposition, following on from their opposed training session at their annual St.George Twilight Fan Day at Ballymore Stadium on Friday 2 February.

    Reds head coach Brad Thorn has named a squad featuring some familiar faces, while also rewarding the pre-season efforts of some uncapped members of the wider training squad.

    The 26-man squad features 15 players with Super Rugby experience and four capped Wallabies – James Slipper, Kane Douglas, Taniela Tupou and Samu Kerevi, who was today unveiled as the latest Brisbane Global Rugby Tens ambassador and will captain the side at the tournament.

    Thorn has also named 11 uncapped players in his squad, providing them an opportunity to push for selection ahead of the Super Rugby season. Last year’s tournament saw five uncapped players, including recent Wallabies debutant Izack Rodda, feature at the Tens before going on to make their Super Rugby debuts in the 2017 season.

    Thorn said: “The Tens provides a good opportunity for the players to put into action what they’ve worked on throughout the pre-season.

    “We’ve got three pre-season fixtures this year, we felt it was important to give everyone an opportunity to showcase their skills. It’s a good reward for their hard work.

    “Last year’s tournament was fast and physical and provided a good challenge a couple of weeks out from the season. No doubt the guys are looking forward to getting out there in front of our home fans.”

    Fans will also have the opportunity to see a number of new players in action against external opposition for the first time, including former Brumbies prop JP Smith and NRC leading try-scorer Filipo Daugunu.

    The Reds have been drawn in Pool A, alongside Australian-conference rivals the Melbourne Rebels, the Blues from Auckland and Top League finalists the Panasonic Wild Knights from Japan.

    The Reds’ kick off against the Blues at 2:43pm on Friday 9 February, followed by the Rebels at 6:27pm. Their final pool match is against the Wild Knights at 1:15pm on Saturday 10 February.

    This year’s tournament will also feature four women’s teams, after the inaugural event showcased a two-game series between Queensland and New South Wales.

    The Queensland women kick off against New South Wales 4:07pm on Friday, followed by the Brumbies at 8:19pm and the Rebels at 4:03pm on Saturday.

    The second annual Brisbane Global Rugby Tens is a 12-team tournament, featuring all nine Super Rugby sides from Australia and New Zealand, along with Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights, a Fijian invitational side and French heavyweights Section Paloise (Pau).

  • The Gallagher Chiefs Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Squad is:

    Aidan Ross
    Liam Polwart
    Sosefo Kautai
    Michael Allardice
    Lachlan McWhannel
    Mitchell Brown
    Mitchell Karpik
    Liam Messam
    Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
    Marty Mckenzie
    Solomon Alaimalo
    Charlie Ngatai
    Tim Nanai-Williams
    Toni Pulu
    Shaun Stevenson
    Samisoni Taukei’aho
    Angus Ta’avao
    Atunaisa Moli
    Taleni Seu
    Lachlan Boshier
    Jonathan Taumateine
    Tiaan Falcon
    Johnny Fa’auli
    Alex Nankivell

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