02 Jun Kenya Sevens trio, South Africa’s Chavhanga boost Africa Pacific Dragons for World Club 10s Mauritius
Record-breaking Collins Injera, Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde, Billy ‘The Kid’ Odhiambo and former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga will compete in Mauritius this month for the newly named Africa Pacific Dragons.
June 2, 2016: Collins Injera, the World Rugby Sevens Series’ all-time leading try scorer, is among three Kenya Sevens stars who will represent the Africa Pacific Dragons at this month’s World Club 10s in Mauritius.
Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde – who lifted the Cup as Kenya won their first-ever Sevens Series title in Singapore in April – and Billy ‘The Kid’ Odhiambo will also represent the APDs from June 18-19 along with Tonderai Chavhanga, the fleet-footed former South Africa wing.
Africa Pacific Dragons (APDs) is the tournament name for Asia Pacific Dragons, who finished third at the 2014 World Club 10s in Singapore. The invitational side will feature several African players in Mauritius to mark the event’s move to a new continent.
The APDs are grouped in Pool B with Saracens – the reigning English and European champions – Top 14 holders Stade Francais Paris and South Africa’s Cell C Sharks, one of the event’s three Super Rugby franchises.
Australian Super Rugby sides Aquis Brumbies and Western Force, three-time European champions Toulon and Italian All Stars will play in Pool A of the 10-a-side competition, which will be held at the 16,000-capacity Anjalay Stadium.
Injera, 29, recently broke the Sevens Series all-time record of 230 tries when the winger scored against France in the London Sevens at Twickenham, before celebrating in the stands with his parents.
“Andrew, Billy and myself are all excited about playing in the World Club 10s in Mauritius, especially after such a special season for Kenya Sevens,” said Injera, who has now scored 235 tries in 347 matches since 2006 and was a Sevens Player of the Year nominee in 2009.
“We were so proud to finally win a Cup in Singapore, then in London I finally broke the try-scoring record, so it has been a memorable year. Now, we really want to show the world the Kenyan style of rugby when we play for the Africa Pacific Dragons in Mauritius.”
In Singapore, Injera played a crucial role as Kenya won a Cup title for the first time since making their debut on the circuit in 2002. At 12-12 in the semi-final against Argentina, the winger converted a 40-metre drop kick in the last play of the game to put Kenya into only their third-ever Cup final. He was then named Player of the Final after scoring two first-half tries in a shock 30-7 win over against Fiji.
Injera was one of only two Kenya players to compete in all 10 events on the 2015-16 Sevens Series as Benjamin Ayimba’s side finished seventh overall. Amonde, 32, captained Kenya in the last eight events after the forward missed the first two due to bereavement, while Odhiambo, 22, returned for Paris and London last month after missing the Hong Kong and Singapore legs due to injury.
Chavhanga, 32, also boosts the African presence in the APDs squad. Renowned as one of the fastest players to ever represent South Africa, he scored a Springbok-record six tries against Uruguay in his international debut, won four caps and played Super Rugby for the Stormers, Lions and Sharks.
The World Club 10s will crown a week-long rugby festival also featuring amateur clubs, women’s teams and age-group sides competing in supporting events. All of the finals of the supporting tournaments will be held at the main 16,000-capacity Anjalay Stadium on Sunday, June 19.
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 Union Mauritius and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Mauritius).
World Club 10s, Anjalay Stadium, Mauritius
June 18-19, 2016
RC Toulon (France)
Aquis Brumbies (Australia)
Italian All Stars (Italy)
Western Force (Australia)
Cell C Sharks (South Africa)
Africa Pacific Dragons (Pacific/Africa)
Stade Francais Paris (France)
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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.