Super Rugby


12/6/2017

St.George Queensland Reds draw Pool A for 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens


The St.George Queensland Reds have drawn Pool A for the 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens which features the Panasonic Wild Knights from Japan’s Top League alongside the Melbourne Rebels, and the Blues.

The draw sets up a fitting rematch between the Reds and the Blues following their 17-17 draw at this year’s inaugural tournament.

There will be no easy pathway to the finals for any of the elite 12 men’s and four women’s teams competing at the showcase season-opening spectacular at Suncorp Stadium over Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10.

Despite this, Queensland Reds prop James Slipper said he was relieved his team had avoided Fiji and the rugged looking Pool C.

“We’ve got a tough pool but I am pretty excited about it,” Slipper said. “I was a bit worried we’d end up in Pool C with the Fijians.”

The prop said he had a great time playing in this year’s tournament and was looking forward to having another crack at it in February.

“I had a lot of fun last year. It was a new experience for me. I’m not used to having that sort of space on the field.”

Featuring New Zealand heavyweights the Crusaders and Hurricanes and the Brumbies alongside sevens Olympic gold medalists Fiji, the 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens ‘pool of death’ is Pool C.

There will also be a rematch between the Robbie Deans-coached Wild Knights and the Rebels – with the Rebels seeking revenge after being sensationally upset by the thrilling Japanese side 17-12 earlier this year.



French heavyweights Section Paloise (Pau) – whose line-up will feature former All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade, Jamie McIntosh, Benson Stanley and Frank Halai and former Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen – have been drawn in Pool B alongside the defending-champion Chiefs, the Highlanders and the NSW Waratahs.

The four-team women’s pool was also drawn into slots that will determine the order of their fixtures. The expanded women’s event will feature a full round robin between the Brumbies Women, Melbourne Rebels Women, Queensland Women and New South Wales Women’s teams.

“Today’s draw underlines the fact that rugby fans are in for a spectacular experience in 2018,” tournament chief executive Rachael Carroll.

“The men’s competition will be just as action-packed and thrilling as it was earlier this year, while the expanded women’s tournament will be a real highlight.

“Once again, the action on the pitch will be sensational. And the move to a Friday-Saturday, day-night format means the stands will be fizzing.

“There’s no doubt the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will be the biggest party in Queensland in 2018.”

2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Pools

Pool A: Panasonic Wild Knights; Melbourne Rebels; Blues; Queensland Reds
Pool B: Section Paloise (Pau); NSW Waratahs; Chiefs; Highlanders
Pool C: Fiji; Brumbies; Hurricanes; Crusaders
Women: Queensland; New South Wales; Melbourne Rebels; Brumbies

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