Wednesday 20th March – Group Stage, Gates open at 10.00am – Free entry
Thursday 21st March – Finals Day, Gates open at 10.00am. Cup Final at 8.05pm – $100
2013 GFI HKFC Tens
The 28th GFI HKFC Tens will be taking place at Hong Kong Football Club on 20th and 21st March. This year sees the tournament once again at a 16 team format to ensure the talent and skill level is at the highest possible level.
The tournament will enjoy live television coverage for the third straight year. Now TV will be showing live footage from 12.30pm onwards on Wednesday and Thursday. This climaxes with the four semi-finals and four finals on Thursday and will also broadcast a tournament highlights programme after the event.
The Hong Kong Tens started in 1986 as a social rugby Tournament at the home of the Hong Kong Sevens to commemorate the centenary of the Hong Kong Football Club.
It has since grown into a world class Tournament that is recognized as the Premier Tens Tournament in the world, attracting top players and teams from around the globe.
The Hong Kong Tens offers an opportunity for club and international players from both hemispheres to play against each other, compare styles and skills, and to make off-field friendships. There are few opportunities outside of official internationals and Tournaments where such “north-south” games can be played.
Hundreds of past, present and future internationals from over 20 national teams have played in the Hong Kong Tens over the years including Joe Roff and Toutai Kefu (both 2006), Jonah Lomu (2007), Brian Lima (2008), Bobby Skinstad (2009), Waisale Serevi (2010), George Gregan and Christian Cullen (2011), Muliaina (2012) and Marshall (2011-2012), last year’s winning captain.
To highlight the quality of player that the Tens has seen grace the artificial turf at the Hong Kong Football Club, the 2003 Cup winning New Zealand Metro team alone contained four future All Blacks in Jerome Kaino, Sione Lauaki, Nick Evans and Ben Atiga, while Conrad Smith’s Otago Shepherds didn’t even reach the final! Hosea Gear and Ben Smith are among other players to have gone to play for the All Blacks.
There have also been instances of players performing beyond expectation at the Tens and finding themselves playing for their country at the Sevens the next day. This happened to Charlie Baxter who was spotted by New Zealand 7s coach Gordon Tietjens at the Tens on the Wednesday and Thursday and promoted him instantly to his New Zealand squad for the 7s at Hong Kong Stadium over the weekend.
The Hong Kong Tens is played at the Hong Kong Football Club, in the middle of Happy Valley Race Course; a truly
unique setting for rugby! Since last year’s tournament, the Hong Kong Football Club have relayed the pitch with the latest technology in artificial pitches, providing the most realistic ‘grass’ effect without the mud which allows for free flowing and exciting rugby.
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