17 Jun Will Genia, Heyneke Meyer join APDs’ all-star coaching staff at World Club 10s Mauritius

Australia legend Will Genia and former South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer join Kiwi coach Steve Jackson and long-time Tonga international Hale T-Pole in the Africa Pacific Dragons’ management team

June 15, 2016: Australia scrumhalf Will Genia and former South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer have both joined an all-star Africa Pacific Dragons coaching staff for this weekend’s World Club 10s in Mauritius.

Genia, who has won 66 caps for the Wallabies, is the team’s backs coach and has happily returned to the training pitch after an injury-plagued first season with Stade Francais Paris.

Meyer, 48, arrived on Wednesday and will be the team’s technical advisor, having led South Africa to third place in last year’s Rugby World Cup in his fourth year in charge of the Springboks.

Steve Jackson, a Blues assistant coach and North Harbour head coach, is the squad’s head coach, while Tonga stalwart Hale T-Pole is the team manager, having played his second Rugby World Cup last year.

Genia, 28, is arguably the most famous of the quartet, having been a Wallabies regular since 2009 and a key player as Australia reached the final of last year’s Rugby World Cup, his second.

After a frustrating few months with injury, Genia is delighted to be part of the second World Club 10s in ‘paradise island’.

“It’s my first time in Mauritius, a place I’ve always wanted to come. I’m fortunate that rugby brings us to pretty special places so this happens to be one of them,” said Genia.

“The organisers were kind enough to invite me along and put me in touch with the APDs, so I’m really excited to be here and looking forward to it. It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Genia’s charges include former scrumhalf rival Jimmy Cowan, who won 51 caps for New Zealand and will supply ball for compatriots Stephen Brett, Cardiff Vaega and Viliame Waqaseduadua, Kenya Sevens star Billy Odhiambo, and South African wingers Tonderai Chavhanga and Shane Spring.

“I’ve had a few good chats with Jimmy. He’s the sort of bloke who’s real competitive, who likes to get stuck in, so it’s pretty good to be on his side this time around,” Genia said.

“We’ve also got guys contracted to clubs all over the world, guys who have been given an opportunity to come and showcase their talents. It’s special to get that blend of players from around the world and show that true spirit of rugby, which is to enjoy the game and make lifelong friends.”

Before moving to France, Genia played eight seasons of Super Rugby for the Reds so is very familiar with the Cell C Sharks, one of the APDs’ Pool B opponents along with English champions Saracens and French invitational side Euskadi.

“I know a few of the Sharks guys,” he said. “They’ve brought over a few experienced campaigners and a few young guys as well. They’re pretty familiar in terms of the fact they’re a Super Rugby team, so it’ll be good.”

The Aquis Brumbies, whose squad includes 15 Super Rugby players, are the tournament favourites and will play in Pool A with fellow Australian franchise Western Force, French giants 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.

The World Club 10s will be broadcast live in Australia on BEIN Sports (Channel 513). 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

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)

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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.