COBRA 10s

A Tens game lasts 20 minutes except for the final, which lasts 30 minutes. Played fast and furious, it is an exciting variation of the popular game of rugby Sevens but more closely related to the rugby Fifteens format. The Tens allows both forward and back line play. The key factor here is all-round skills are translated into teamwork at fast pace. Yearly, a total of 16 top teams from all over the world are invited to participate in this prestigious tournament which is played over two days.

COBRA 10s 2019

The prestigious COBRA 10s rugby tournament has announced the dates for the 49th edition of the tournament which will be held on November 9th & 10th 2019 at the Petaling Jaya Stadium, Selangor, Malaysia. The COBRA tens (Combined Old Boys Rugby Association) has a proud and rich history and can be thanked for introducing tens rugby (Xs) to the world in 1967. This long-standing tournament attracts some top-class teams and players. Rugby sides have come from as far as Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, and the UK to compete.

Overview

A Tens game lasts 20 minutes except for the final, which lasts 30 minutes. Played fast and furious, it is an exciting variation of the popular game of rugby Sevens but more closely related to the rugby Fifteens format. The Tens allows both forward and back line play. The key factor here is all-round skills are translated into teamwork at fast pace. Yearly, a total of 16 top teams from all over the world are invited to participate in this prestigious tournament which is played over two days.

HISTORY

Although Malaysia may seem an unlikely place for the making of rugby history, yet it was here that 10-a-side rugby was born. The world’s first 10 a-side rugby tournament was held in Malaysia in 1967. The Tens tournament was indeed a brainchild of a menagerie of Combined Old Boys Rugby Association (COBRA) members. The Tens game was conceived on the barstools of their favourite after match haunt. The idea was to create a format of play that is fast and open but still retains much of the character of the 15s version. he COBRA 10s in its early years was mainly participated by local clubs and several invited foreign teams. The tournament was keenly contested between the expatriate- dominated Royal Selangor Club and COBRA. Then the military took over. First the Royal Australian Artillery Regiment, then the 16th and then 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RZNIR) made the 10s their own – except for brief interruptions by COBRA in 1972 and 1975. The RNZIR in fact won it for seven straight years until most of them were shipped back to New Zealand, thus allowing the curiously named Bunnies to take the title in 1985. The Police took it for two years in a row but the stragglers of the RNZIR, in their final year in Malaysia, wrested the trophy for one last time.
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