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Andrew Amonde, Oscar Ouma among stars set for SA’s Rugby Tens Championship

Amonde charges forward against Japan on day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Stadium on 27 July, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby
Andrew Amonde charges forward against Japan on day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Stadium on 27 July, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

Andrew Amonde and Oscar Ouma will be part of stars scheduled to feature in Rugby Tens Championship (R10C) in South Africa in October.

Amonde and Ouma who were part of the SX10 side which won the World 10s Series in 2020 will be joined by former Kenya Under 20 star Jeff Mutuku on the list of Kenya players scheduled to take part in the Championship.

Kenya Lionesses stars

Kenya Lionesses playmaker Grace Adhiambo, speedster Janet Okello and fellow Olympians Stellah Wafula and Judith Okumu will also travel down to SA for the tournament.

Kenya Lionesess in a past action. Photo Courtesy/ Spain Rugby

Kenya Lionesses Janet Okello in a past action. Photo Courtesy/ Spain Rugby

The star-studded competition will also have International legends such as Blitzboks stalwart Branco du Preez, former South Africa international Marithy Pienaar.

Uganda’s Ian Munyani, Zimbabwe Sables Hilton Mudariki are also set for the tournament.

Editor’s pick:

“R10C is an exciting concept in sport. It brings equality for Men and Women at various levels including compensation structure, it’s a unique development pathway for Boys and Girls and it creates opportunities for diverse competition with players from countries such as New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, USA, Ireland, Kenya, Portugal, Sweden, South Africa and more” said R10C co-founder and president of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, Willem Strauss.

About Rugby Tens Championship (R10C) South Africa:

The professional rugby 10s competition will involve women and men, as well as U18 girls and boys, and will be held in South Africa on October 7 and 8 at the Harlequin Club in Pretoria, followed by Stellenbosch on October 14-15 at Danie Craven Stadium.

Franchise sides that will participate in the tournament include; Balkans Honey Badgers, Blue Bulls Rugby Union, Cape Town Wild Dogs, San Clemente Rhinos and Serengeti Elephants. Each team will field a team in all the four categories.

Rugby Championship teams. photo Courtesy/RC10.

Rugby Championship teams. photo Courtesy/RC10.

These teams will not only compete for Tournament Cups, but each side’s ranking in their division will contribute to the Championship Franchise title. Similar to the Constructors’ Championship in Formula One, the Championship Franchise Title will mean that by the end of a series, any franchise should have a chance of lifting the prized trophy.

A competition with three core values are ‘rugby, equality, and entertainment’, the Rugby Tens Championship champions opportunities for all, and promotes equality in sport. This includes giving athletes of diverse backgrounds, nationalities and experience the opportunity to compete at a professional level, and equal resources and compensation to men and women.

Notable Players set for R10C Championship:  

Australia National Teams and Professional Clubs: Natalie Wright (Queensland Reds), Kaitlin Shave (Brisbane Broncos), Georgia Hannaway (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Nathan den Hoedt (LA Giltinis, MLR), Sama Malolo

Austria National Team: Elena-Riccarda Hennig

Canada National Team: Oliver Nott (Toronto Arrows, MLR), Kainoa Lloyd (San Diego Legion, MLR), Brock Gallagher (Loggerheads, PR Sevens), Josh Larsen (New England Free Jacks, MLR)

England National Teams and Professional Clubs: Ellen Ramsbottom (Loughborough Lightning, Allianz premier 15s)

Fiji National Teams: Adi Vani Buleki (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Reapi Ulunisau (2020 Olympics), Viniana Riwai (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Rusila Nagasau (2016 & 2020 Olympics)

France National Teams and Professional Clubs: Luca Mignot (University of Bath, BUCS Super Rugby), Marie Saluzzo (Stade Francais), Kelegh Moutome( HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Romeo Ponge Prince (Berre)

Ireland National Teams and Professional Clubs: Anne Caplice (2017 RWC), David Busby (Seattle Seawolves, MLR), Patrick O’Toole (NOLA Gold, MLR), John Poland (New England Free Jacks, MLR)

Jamaica National Teams: Jack Rampton (2022 RWC7s), Matthew Coore

Japan National Teams and Professional Clubs: Chiharu Nakamura (2016 & 2020 Olympic Games, 2018 & 2022 RWC7s)

Kenya National Teams: Andrew Amonde (2013 & 2018 RWC7s) Oscar Ouma (2013 RWC7s), Grace Adhiambo (2020 Olympics), Stellah Wafula (2020 Olympics), Judith Okumu (2020 Olympics), Janet Okelo (2016 & 2020 Olympics), Jeff Mukutu

Mexico National Team: Isabel Gonzalez Burgos (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series)

Namibia National Team: Wynand Breytenbach

Netherlands National Teams and Professional Clubs: Pleuni Kievit (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Jordan Heil (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Timon Vijn (Loggerheads, Premier Rugby Sevens)

New Zealand National Teams and Professional Clubs: Rebekah Cordero Tufuga (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Angus Fletcher, Shakira Baker (2014 RWC, 2018 RWC7s, 2016 Olympics), Marcelle Parkes, Rhiarna Ferris, Harmony Ioane, Grace Steinmetz

Poland National Team: Anna Klichowska (2022 RWC7s), Natalia Pamieta (2022 RWC7s)

South Africa National Teams: Branco du Preez (2013 RWC7s), Marithy Pienaar (2018 RWC7s), Lorinda Brown(HSBC World Cup Sevens Series), Mathrin Simmers (2022 RWC7s), Nomsa Mokwai (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Felicia Jacobs (2022 RWC7s), Kirsten Conrad (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Ryno Benjamin (2009 & 2013 RWC7s)

Sweden National Teams and Professional Clubs: Minonna Nunstedt, Amanda Swartz

Trinidad and Tobago National Team: Jonathan Taylor

Tunisia: Mariam Mekni

Uganda National Team: Ian Munyani

USA National Teams and Major League Rugby: Matai Leuta (2018 RWC7s), Cyrille Cama (LA Giltinis, MLR) , Elizabeth Tafuna (USA Falcons 7s), Ryan James (LA Giltinis, MLR)

Zimbabwe National Team: Hilton Mudariki (Zimbabwe Goshawks), Biselele Tshamala (Zimbabwe Goshawks)

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