20 Jun English champions Saracens aim for ‘treble’ at World Club 10s

Saracens captain Henry Taylor says reigning European and English champions face “top-quality” pool opposition in Mauritius as they bid for unique treble 

June 16, 2016: Saracens are aiming to complete a unique trophy treble at this weekend’s World Club 10s as they bid to add to their recent triumphs in the English Premiership and the European Champions Cup.

Scrumhalf Henry Taylor, 22, captains a squad featuring recent England Sevens players Mike Ellery and Seb Nagle-Taylor, and South African hooker Jared Saunders.

Saracens face Cell C Sharks of South Africa, the star-studded Africa Pacific Dragons and French invitational side Euskadi in Pool B on Saturday, and Taylor admitted that the side had a lot to live up to following the club’s achievements this season.

“We’ve won the double with the senior team, so there’s a bit of pressure, but we’ll do our best. The boys are buzzing to get going,” Taylor said.

“The team are feeling good. There has been a steady build-up since we arrived on Monday and the lads are really excited now.”

Taylor, who helped England win the 2014 World Rugby U-20 Championship in New Zealand, said most of the squad in Mauritius were new to 10s and admitted they face some huge challenges in the group stage.

“We’re playing against some top-quality teams and players,” Taylor said. “The Sharks have brought some serious names with some serious experience. Playing a team like the Africa Pacific Dragons with so many top names will be an experience in itself.”

However, the piano-playing, fine arts graduate said the team had enjoyed their first few days in Mauritius, where they have been staying at Trou aux Biches Resort and Spa, one of four Beachcomber hotels hosting the eight teams.

“It’s unbelievable here. We’ve been staying in one of the nicest hotels on the island, so a big thank you to Beachcomber for that,” Taylor said.

“The boys couldn’t have asked more for a more welcoming stay from the resort. The hospitality from all the staff has been unbelievable.”

The Aquis Brumbies are the pre-tournament favourites after bringing a squad featuring 15 contracted Super Rugby players, including seven players from the side that finished runners-up in the 2014 World Club 10s in Singapore.

The Brumbies headline Pool A and face Australian Super Rugby rivals Western Force, three-time European champions RC Toulon and the Italian All Stars.

The 2016 World Club 10s is sponsored by Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Beachcomber Hotels, Air Mauritius, Emtel, Pepsi, MC Vision, Ciel Group, Impact Productions, BRM (official watch), Samurai (official ball), City Sport, Otayo, Tropic Knits and Fortis Clinique Darné.

Owned and organised by Carinat Marketing, the tournament is sanctioned by World Rugby, Rugby Afrique, Rugby Union Mauritius and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Mauritius).

World Club 10s, Anjalay Stadium, Mauritius; June 18-19, 2016

Time (18/06) Pool Match
10:00-10:24 A RC Toulon (France) v Aquis Brumbies (Australia)
10:24-10:48 A Italian All Stars v Western Force (Australia)
10:48-11:12 B Cell C Sharks (South Africa) v Africa Pacific Dragons
11:12-11:36 B Euskadi (France) v Saracens (England)
13:12-13:36 A RC Toulon (France) v Italian All Stars
13:36-14:00 A Aquis Brumbies (Australia) v Western Force (Australia)
14:00-14:24 B Cell C Sharks (South Africa) v Euskadi (France)
14:24-14:48 B Africa Pacific Dragons v Saracens (England)
16:48 – 17:12 A Italian All Stars v Aquis Brumbies (Australia)
17:12-17:36 A Western Force (Australia) v RC Toulon (France)
17:36-18:00 B Euskadi (France) v Africa Pacific Dragons
18:00-18:24 B Saracens (England) v Cell C Sharks (South Africa)


Pool A

Aquis Brumbies (Australia)
1. Tom Staniforth, 2. Robbie Abel, 3. Josh Mann-Rea*, 4. Ruan Smith*, 5. Les Makin*, 6. Jarrad Butler (co-captain), 7. Blake Enever, 8. Jordan Smiler*, 9. Michael Wells, 10. Michael Dowsett*, 11. Brent Hamlin, 12. Robbie Coleman* (co-captain), 13. Nigel Ah Wong*,14. James Dargaville, 15. Lausii Taliauli, 16. Aidan Toua. Head Coach: Dan McKellar.

Italian All Stars
1. Alessandro Furia, 2. Greg Bauer, 3. Andrea Michelini, 4. James Downey, 5. Matt Graham, 6. Marco Neethling, 7. Lean Schwartz, 8. Warren Ansell, 9. Chris Smylie (captain), 10. Tobie Botes, 11. Andrea Marcato, 12. Durandt Gerber, 13. Ulrich Beyers, 14. Kyle Wilkinson, 15. Chris Jordaan, 16. Aaron Persico, 18. Marcelin Rorato. Head Coach: Zane Ansell.

RC Toulon (France)
1. Thomas Hoarau, 2. Badri Alkhazashvili, 3. Thomas Vernet, 4. Rudy Gahetau, 5. Andrew Cramond, 6. Mickael Blanc, 8. Lucas Vaccaro, 9. Anthony Meric, 10. Thibault Dufau, 14. Romeo Ballu, 15. Teiva Jacquelain, 16. George Stokes (captain), 17. Clément Martinez, 18. Gregory Annetta, 21. Quentin Lalarme, 22. Geoffrey Cazanave. Head Coach: Olivier Beaudon.

Western Force (Australia)
1. Mees Erasmus, 2. Tom Sexton, 3. Oliver Hoskins, 4. Riley Winter, 5. Rickus Van Der Heyden, 6. Tevin Ferris, 7. Kane Koteka (captain), 8. Onehunga Havili, 9. Angus Taylor, 10. Michael Ruru, 11. Jarome Leonard-Tekanawa, 12. Eric Vasukicacau, 13. Ammon Matuauto, 14. Brad Lacey, 15. Naude Wessels, 16. Tom Sheminant. Head Coach: Dwayne Nestor.

Pool B

Africa Pacific Dragons
1. Romain Lamusse, 2. Damien Fitzpatrick, 3. Sisa Koyamibole, 4. Michael Meyer, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Anthony Matoto, 7. Josh Tyrell, 8. Pau Halafifi, 9. Jimmy Cowan (captain), 10. Steve Brett, 11. Christope Rousset, 12. Cardiff Vaega, 13. Shane Spring, 14. Tonderai Chavhanga, 15. Viliame Waqaseduadua, 16. Billy Odhiambo. Head Coach: Steve Jackson.

Cell C Sharks (South Africa)
1. Dale Chadwick, 2. Kerron van Vuuren, 3. Kyle Cooper, 4. Jean Deysel (captain), 5. Jean Droste, 6. Jaywin Juries, 7. Joe Pietersen, 8. Sandile Kubeka, 9. Neil Maritz, 10. Morne Joubert, 11. Graham Geldenhuys, 12. Ayron Schramm, 13. Malcolm Cele, 14. Tristan Blewett, 15. Thobekani Buthelezi, 16. Grant Rattray. Head Coach: Ryan Strudwick.

Euskadi (France)
1. Florian Lapayrade, 3. Guillaume Ducat, 5. Bastien Fuster, 6. Arnaud Duput, 7. Julien Jane (captain), 8. Etienne Herjean, 9. Felix Le Bourhis, 10. Pierre Gayraud, 11. Julien Tisseron, 12. Victor Battut, 13. Sebastian Oudill, 14. Thibault Lacroix, 15. Grégory Arganese, 17. Vincent Sedes. Head Coach: Vincent Etcheto.

Saracens (England)
1. Paul Tupai, 2. Jared Saunders, 3. Josh Taylor, 4. Grant De Jager, 5. Seb Nagle-Taylor, 6. Mike Ellery, 7. Sean Vine, 8. Michele Peruch, 9. Henry Taylor (captain), 10. Tom Whiteley, 11. Seb Mosely, 12. Mark Kohler, 13. Elliot Clements-Hill, 14. Mike Allan, 15. Jared Meyer, 16. Ian Vass. Head Coach: Ian Vass.


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Mauritius men’s captain Romain Lamusse and women’s captain Christabel Desjardins conducted the draw for the 2016 World Club 10s, which will be held in Mauritius from June 18-19.

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About World Club 10s

Owned and organised by Carinat Sports Marketing, the World Club 10s is an eight-team, 10-a-side invitational rugby tournament featuring leading professional teams from around the world. The second edition will be held at the 16,000-capacity Anjalay Stadium in Mauritius from June 18-19, 2016. Participating clubs comprise Cell C Sharks (South Africa), Aquis Brumbies and Western Force (Australia), RC Toulon and Stade Francais Paris (France), Saracens (England), Italian All Stars and Asia Pacific Dragons. The tournament features two round-robin pools of four on the Saturday and 12 knockout matches on the Sunday, so each team plays six 20-minute matches over the weekend. Sponsors include Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Beachcomber Hotels, Air Mauritius, Emtel, Pepsi and MC Vision. The first World Club 10s was held in Singapore in June 2014 and was the first international sports event to be staged in the newly opened 55,000-seat National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub. The Blues (New Zealand) won the final by beating Brumbies (Australia) 10-5 after extra-time. Other teams came from France, England, Wales, Italy, Samoa and Asia-Pacific.