Day-night affair: Brisbane Global Rugby Tens to return bigger and better in 2018
The Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will again launch the rugby season in 2018, with Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announcing that 14 world-class teams would descend on Suncorp Stadium for the spectacular two-day tournament on 9-10 February.
New to the competition, star-studded French club Pau and Olympic sevens gold medallists Fiji will contest the 2018 tournament alongside the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby clubs. The field will be rounded out by two of the standout teams from 2017, Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights and Samoa.
Event organisers have responded to fan feedback and next year will see new day-night matches, kicking off on Friday and Saturday afternoon and continuing into the night to create an energetic festival atmosphere in the surrounding Caxton Street precinct.
Earlier this year, Rugby Tens attracted bumper crowds to its high-stakes competition and array of elite international sporting stars.
Major events are a significant drawcard for holiday visitors, who now number half of the city’s total visitors. The inaugural tournament coincided with a spike in New Zealand tourism, increasing visitation from our neighbours across the Tasman by more than five per cent.
Holiday visitors attend other events, fill hotel rooms, boost retail and hospitality industries, and contribute heavily to the more than $100 million that major events inject into Brisbane’s economy.
The city is building a strong reputation for our sporting and cultural events and Brisbane is committed to attracting and growing these in line with the recommendations from the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan.
Liam Messam, captain of the reigning champion Chiefs, said the action and intensity would go up another level in 2018.
“Heading into this year no one really knew what to expect as it was very much a new concept,” Messam said.
“We learned very quickly that the Tens format works brilliantly – it was fast but also very physically demanding. There were some huge hits out there and the atmosphere coming from the stands was incredible.
“I’m already looking forward to coming back in February and having a shot at defending our title. We know it won’t be easy.”
With the incredible line-up of teams and the switch to day-night format, the 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will be one of the premier events on the international rugby calendar.
Don’t miss your chance to be part of the rugby revolution with tickets on sale from Friday 1 September and corporate and hospitality packages on sale now.