Reaction to the new Brisbane Global Tens


Former Wallabies and Crusaders coach and current Panasonic Wild Knights coach Robbie Deans: “To gather all these teams together in one place is a remarkable achievement. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our boys stack up against the likes of Toulon. Suncorp is the perfect venue for an event like this. Caxton Street will be buzzing.”

Queensland Reds fullback and fringe Wallaby Karmichael Hunt: “It’s a blend between sevens and 15s. It’s going to allow us to utilise a bit of structure but at the same time play at a fast pace. If I was a fan and wanting to watch footy, that’s definitely a concept I’d be turning the telly on for.”

Highlanders captain Ben Smith: “It’s a great way to hit the 2017 season running. We have lots of fans in Queensland and we can’t wait to get there and play in front of them and our travelling Kiwi supporters with this awesome event.”

Former All Blacks centre and current Blues coach Tana Umaga: “Tens is fast paced, with extra space, but plenty of room for big forwards as well, so in that way it sets it apart from 15s and sevens. There’s a lot of excitement in the team about this fresh new event.”

Wallabies and Toulon star Matt Giteau: “It depends where it sits in our season and how we’re sitting as a team, whether our focus is Top 14 or to give the boys a break and to come back here and participate in something that’s going to be really exciting. They’ll really enjoy getting here and mixing it against those guys.”

Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais: “The tournament will come at a perfect time for us, as we will be entering our final preparations going into the 2017 season. It will give us a final platform to evaluate new strategies and plans that we would have been working on through the pre-season.”

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