Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Changwon to Host Next Leg of Korea Rugby Series

Changwon, South Korea – August 9, 2010 — Changwon, west of Busan, will host the next round of the Korea 10s League rugby series. The third of four planned tournaments will be held on Saturday the 21st of August from 12pm to 5pm, continuing the growing success of expatriate rugby on the peninsula.

The tournament has space for six teams and the hosts expect to welcome squads from Seoul, Cheongju, Gumi, Jeollanam-do and Busan.

The last two tournaments have been dominated by the Seoul Survivors, although other teams are catching up fast. In the latest round in Cheongju, the Gumi Barbarians pushed Seoul’s A squad very close, only letting the previously dominant side win by a solitary converted try.

The Korea 10s League is a four round series held in cities throughout Korea aimed at promoting and developing full-contact rugby. The last tournament is planned for Gumi, north-west of Daegu, in early October.

10s Rugby tournaments have been held in Korea before but this is the first time that a coordinated league has been developed in order to provide rugby players with the opportunity for year-round competition against other competitive sides. 10-a-side rugby requires less player numbers and resources to run, maximizing the amount of teams and players, both foreign and Korean, that can participate in the tournaments.

Each individual tournament is played in a round-robin format. Points accumulated throughout the season will decide the winner of the series.