Rugby Tens Championship Returns to South Africa

Get ready for the return of the Rugby Tens Championship where more equality and inclusivity in sport will light up SA!


South Africa (28 September 2023) — The Rugby Tens Championship (R10C), a professional Rugby 10s competition that offers equal opportunities to athletes worldwide, is making its return to South Africa!

Its second global High-Performance Residence Program is set for October, while the third Championship edition will take over in November—an epic display of more equality and inclusivity in rugby.

The R10C debuted successfully in Lisbon in 2021 and expanded to South Africa in 2022, including stops in Pretoria and Stellenbosch. The tournament featured 5 franchises competing in four divisions, including Men, Women, Boys, and Girls, and expects a 6th franchise to join this year!

“R10C is all about rugby, equality, and entertainment”, says Co-founder and CEO of R10C, Andreea Trufasu. “It’s our mission to provide equal opportunities for men and women, boys and girls in an exciting and unique tournament format.”

The organisers expect to announce numerous HSBC Series Sevens, National Teams Sevens, and 15s, as well as top Professional Clubs international stars to be playing and coaching in the competition.

“We’ve grown from four to five franchises since inception, with the inclusion of the Blue Bulls in 2022 and we’re looking forward to adding another franchise to the competition in 2023. All we can say for now, is that Cape Town will have more than one reason to attend this year’s event,” adds Trufasu.

This third edition of the R10C is set to take place at the Helderberg Rugby Club in Strand, Cape Town on 18, 22 and 25 November.

As for those set to battle it out for the division trophies and the coveted Franchise Champion Trophy, the Balkan Honey Badgers, Blue Bulls, Cape Town Wild Dogs, San Clemente Rhinos, Serengeti Elephants, and one new franchise will go toe-to-toe.