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Durban has a new jewel in her sporting crown. The inaugural East Coast Tens Rugby Festival will be launched over the Easter weekend (March 30 and 31) next year.
Run by ex-Springbok Robert du Preez and hosted by Rovers Rugby Club, the Tens format has already enjoyed enormous success in Cape Town, where it has been run by Bobby Skinstad during the past five years.
Tens players across South Africa will be given the opportunity to contest in one of five divisions for the coveted Zulu kingdom trophies in an all-out rugby lifestyle weekend.
A limited number of entries are now open, and players hoping to enter their teams are encouraged to secure their place.
The Tens rugby format comprises five forwards and five backs in a social game attracting active rugby players and social players.
A combination of Sevens and 15-man rugby without the wide open space and kicking, Tens is exciting to watch.
These attributes have catapulted the game’s growth in the last 10 years, and the game has gained a large, loyal following internationally and closer to home, in the form of the popular Cape Town Tens event.
“Rugby has been my lifelong passion,” says Du Preez.
“Making the game of Tens rugby accessible to a KwaZulu-Natal audience at all levels of skill, fitness and expertise via the East Coast Tens in Durban is something I’m really excited about.
“I’m looking forward to watching some great games of rugby between both the serious contenders and those old weekend warriors who would love to get out there and have a run again!”
Over and above the rugby, players, fans and visitors to the Durban event can anticipate two days of fun and festivities, including music concerts, exhibit shopping, a lifestyle market and a kids’ zone.
* To enter a team and for more information, visit www.eastcoasttens.com