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Fleck, Skinstad to host Cape Town Tens

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 18 Aug 2008 at 22:43

Former Springbok stars Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck have promised to put Cape Town on the map, after launching an exciting and ground-breaking Rugby Tens tournament that is set to take place in the Mother City in February 2009.

Rugby 365 reports that Skinstad, a World Cup winner last year, and Fleck, a former Bok vice-captain, made this pledge at the launch of this event at the BMW Pavillion at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront on Friday evening.

The aptly-named Cape Town Tens – a two-day festival of rugby, with a large emphasis, of course, on post-match enjoyment – will take place under the auspices of South Africa’s oldest rugby club, Hamiltons, on February 7-8, 2009.

And the former Boks – both of whom boast extensive playing experience, having played at various levels across South Africa, Australasia and Europe for many years – believe the Cape Town Tens will help put the city on the map ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

“A bunch of expats travel the world playing Tens rugby across Asia and it’s about time that they came to Africa,” said Skinstad, who has played in a few of these Tens tournaments himself. “Cape Town has always been seen as the most cosmopolitan city in the country, so it made sense in every aspect to make the Mother City the home of Tens rugby in Africa.”

Fleck, who made his Tens debut in Bangkok in February of this year, added: “I’ve played just one Tens tournament, but already I’m a convert. It caters for all shapes and sizes, whilst we think Cape Town is the ultimate venue, with the perfect attractions and people here, who will help make the tournament a massive success both on and off the field.”

However, Skinstad and Fleck will not be going at it alone, with the duo joining forces with Tournament Director Ron Rutland, himself a veteran of a few Tens tournaments as a player, but, more recently, as one of the organisers of the very successful Bangkok Tens.

Rutland, who has known Skinstad since the early 1990s, invited the former Bok skipper to play for the ‘Jamboys’ in the Bangkok Tens in 2006. After missing the 2007 event due to Super 14 commitments, Skinstad – with Fleck in tow – returned to Bangkok in 2008, which is how the idea of the Cape Town Tens first began.

“After chatting to Ron in Bangkok, it just made sense,” revealed Fleck. “Cape Town shouldn’t have to stand back to any other city in the world… Plus, we believe Tens rugby has the potential to become rugby’s version of 20/20 and we want the South African rugby public to join in the fun.

“Obviously the rugby is important, and the level of (rugby) support in Cape Town is always absolutely fantastic, but we’re hoping that the Cape Town Tens becomes more than just a rugby event and something of a regular fixture on the social calendar – much like the J&B Met is in Cape Town every February.”

Tournament Director Rutland, who played alongside Fleck and Skinstad in the 2008 Bangkok Tens, explained the rationale behind playing this 10-a-side version of the game.

“With no loose forwards on the pitch it opens things up a bit more and lets the backs have a go,” said Rutland, “but, at the same, you can’t neglect your scrums and line-outs and there’s even a time and a place for a bit of rucking.”

Looking at the tournament itself, Rutland has high hopes ahead of the 2009 Cape Town Tens, saying: “When we started the Bangkok Tens in 2004 there were just 16 teams and the tournament was played on a dustbowl doubling up as a pitch.

“Now there are 32 teams playing, the games are played at a top private school in Bangkok and before it starts some 600 kids take part in a massive mini-rugby festival. I have no doubt in my mind that the Cape Town Tens will achieve just that – only bigger, better and quicker.”

The 2009 Cape Town Tens will get going with a lavish pre-tournament function on Friday, February 6, before the round robin action gets underway the following day. There will be three levels of action; the beer league (for those that want to have a bit of fun off the park!), the veteran league (for those a bit long in the tooth) and the premier league.

The first day will see all the teams take part in the round robin phase, before moving to the knockout stages the next day. Win or lose on the Saturday, all the teams will have a chance to play more matches on the second day – eventually culminating in the various finals.

“When I played in Bangkok, we played in the premier league and it was actually very competitive. In fact, some youngsters showed me a thing or two!” said Fleck. “But even that ended with a couple of beers being shared and some friends being made, many of whom we’re hoping to lure to Cape Town in February.”

Fleck has already had contact with the likes of former All Blacks great Josh Kronfeld, whilst ex-Wallabies Pat Howard, Tim Horan and David Wilson have all expressed a keen interest to play, along with Samoan stars Zak Feaunati, George Harder and Mike Umaga.

“I have already spoken to some of my old teammates like Corné (Krige) and André Vos to come and join in the fun – they have no excuse not to play,” said Fleck.

“At the same time, however, we would also like to target the likes of Christian Cullen, Gregor Townsend, Will Greenwood and Allan Bateman, all of whom would help make this a truly international event.”

Skinstad, meanwhile, claims to have sounded out Toks van der Linde – “just to get the props involved!” – whilst former British stars Kenny Logan (Scotland) and Paul Wallace (Ireland) all want to be part of the inaugural Cape Town Tens.

“It’s very important not to forget about the props,” quipped Skinstad. “Props, hookers and locks also get old and they’re not exactly equipped to go and play Sevens!

“Sevens is basically all about one link man and six gas men, whereas Tens gives you that space, but also doesn’t neglect the basics of the game.”

An official public launch – watch the press for more details – will take place in November, when the Cape Town Tens committee hopes to announce which big-name players will be in attendance. An announcement will also be made concerning which local charity the tournament will support in order to give something else back to the City of Cape Town.

“Already we’ve been very lucky to have the support and full backing of the V&A Waterfront and it seems rather appropriate that Hamiltons – the oldest rugby club in the country – are also involved not just as hosts, but as official partners of the tournament,” said Fleck, who also confirmed that Castle Lager had already signed on as the Cape Town Tens’ first sponsor.

“We’re expecting a competitive two days of rugby, coupled with plenty of fun afterwards for all the players and supporters, some high-level coaching clinics for any aspirant youngsters out there and an opportunity for this tournament to become an integral part of the Tens circuit.”

Skinstad concluded: “Judging by the interest from potential sponsors and players, I can safely say that the Cape Town Tens is on track to become the Hong Kong Sevens of its time. We have one of the best in the business in (Tournament Director) Ron Rutland on board and we believe can make this a truly special annual event in years to come.

“Fleckie and I have played social rugby all over the world – and we love it. Now, we have a chance to reciprocate and play host to all the wonderful characters and legends of the game that we have had so many good times with. With Cape Town in the mix we’re hoping to make this ‘party at our place’ the hot ticket to have in the rugby world.”


  • Okay this is OLD news but some of you might have missed it and it seems there IS very little to nothing known about 10’s Rugby in SA.

    So have a read at this and get down there when it happens to enjoy the spectacle.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.08 22:46:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • We were discussing it earlier this evening on this thread: http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/08/17/snyman-to-coach-sri-lanka/

    Comment 20 onwards.

    As you may have guessed by now i enjoy 10s it is awesome.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.08 22:47:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Feb? That’s like the hottest time of the year. But sounds like fun. Wish I could be there.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.08 09:46:39 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Come to Dubai at the end of nov for the Dubai 7’s.

    it’s winter here then so it will only go up to mid 30’s in the day. 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.08 17:06:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Thought you had to have a reason…. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.08 17:15:30 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 5) :

    I will be attending both the Dubai 7’s and the RWC 7’s this season 😎

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.08.08 17:25:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : That is great!! Good for you. 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.08.08 17:26:54 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : oooooohh since when ❓ where are RWC 7’s this season ❓

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.08.08 17:38:23 by KSA Sharkette Reply
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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 8) :

    Dubai in March or April. 😎

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.08.08 17:49:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : 😎 and then we’re off to Cairo (april 4-7)too 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.08.08 17:53:04 by KSA Sharkette Reply
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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 10) :

    let’s hope it doesn’t clash with the RWC 😉 😳

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.08.08 18:02:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : March 5-7, 2009 😀 😎

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.08.08 18:08:08 by KSA Sharkette Reply
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  • Dubai 7’s 27 – 29 Nov ’08
    RWC 7’s 05 – 07 March ’08

    The International Rugby Board has announced the dates and qualifier process details for IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 in Dubai. The Tournament, whichwill be the first to incorporate a women’s RWC Sevens competition will be held from March 5-7.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.08.08 18:13:47 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Have you read what Tank Lanning had to say on women’s rugby. Interesting name that, considering….

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.08.08 18:17:48 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : you WILL NOT be doing any officiating for the women’s section of the comp – I’m ok with you watching men shower – women ……nah 😳 😆 😎

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.08.08 18:19:29 by KSA Sharkette Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 14) : What did he say?

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.08.08 18:22:40 by McLovin Reply
  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 15) :

    Maybe we can put you to work????????????????

    May need video evidence though 😳

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.08.08 18:24:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 14) :

    I try to ignore him after that crap he spewed about SA teams having to intentionally throw S14 matches to help other SA teams.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.08.08 18:25:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : Somebody on this site told me not to be lazy, to read it up myself. 😀 😀 I will go and copy and paste if you insist??

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : You may not be able to afford that luxury for too long… Forgive me, I’m rambling… 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.08.08 18:30:34 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • Robbie Fleck is a legend!

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.08.08 18:40:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Tank Lanning on women’s rugby:

    “That SuperSport chose not to broadcast last weekend’s curtain raiser, and have made the same (correct) decision with regard to this weekend’s match, speaks volumes. Why – because no one cares, and no one, except the players families (and even then only if dad hosted a function with non-attendance being on pain of disinheritance) would watch the broadcast …

    Instead they are going to broadcast what is without doubt one of the more eagerly awaited schoolboy matches of the year as one of their FNB classic clashes – Grey college taking on Paul Roos. For good reason – because people care

    Now surely it would have made more sense to make the schoolboy match the curtain raiser on Saturday?

    I have raised this subject before in a Sport24 column and some of the responses suggested that the ladies game needed the exposure more than the schoolboy, club or provincial under 21 league. But upon reflection – this should not be about exposure – that is someone else’s job. No – this is about giving the ticket paying customer more value for their rand. So do not force stuff down people’s throats (because all they will do is stay in the pub longer and not watch the curtain raiser), but rather add to the day’s entertainment by offering a curtain raiser worth watching …”

    KSA, should this not be welcome, please erase.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.08.08 18:44:36 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : in his own lunchbox

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.08.08 18:45:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) :
    In his own lunch box!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.08.08 18:46:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • snap………….ish :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.08.08 18:46:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 21) :

    Now why would that NOT be acceptable? 🙂

    Lenning is a piluck.

    Am going to love to hear him rant beacuase this weekends u/19 curtain raiser is not being shown. 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.08.08 18:49:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : tee hee. Fools seldom differ

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.08.08 18:57:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hehehe bunch of weeny’s

    Girl footballers are shaming the guys

    Male soccer players, with their penchant for play- acting and histrionics, have been put to shame at the Olympic Games by their well-behaved female counterparts.

    While the men go tumbling over at the slightest touch, often performing a triple somersault before clutching their faces in apparent agony and waving a fake yellow card in the air, the women simply stand up and get on with the game.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.08.08 20:20:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : There’s a lesson that could widely apply nowadays. It does get irritating the way everybody are performing as if for an Oscar.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.08.08 20:33:25 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 28) :

    Soon we will have the Olympic men’s soccer teams doubling at the olympic Diving teams as well. 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.08.08 20:39:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 21) : Thanks

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.08.08 21:17:51 by McLovin Reply


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