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Rugby tens
Highest governing body International Rugby Board
Nickname(s) Tens, Ten-a-side, 10's or 10s and Xs.
Contact Full Contact
Team members Ten
Mixed gender Separate competitions
Categorization Team sport, Outdoor, variant of rugby union
Equipment Rugby ball
Olympic NA

Rugby tens, also known as ten-a-side and Xs, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of ten players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. It is fairly popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand.

Unlike the other two major rugby union variants - rugby sevens and beach rugby - which were invented in major rugby nations, rugby tens was invented in Malaysia, which is not only a Tier 3 rugby playing nation, but one that has not qualified for the Rugby World Cup.[1]

The most important rugby tens tournament is the "Cobra Sevens" which is hosted in Malaysia.[2]

Tournaments are also staged for teams of ten players, known as rugby tens or 10s. Teams are made up of five forwards and five backs, and games have two halves of ten minutes. Unlike sevens, the IRB has not published a version of the laws for tens.


Influence of rugby sevens

The main origin of rugby tens is perhaps the abbreviated code of rugby sevens which originated in the Scottish Borders, and was very successfully exported to produce the Hong Kong Sevens, where it still runs, and is a great missionary force for rugby in Asia. There is also a Singapore Sevens tournament in the region.

Unlike rugby sevens, which has established a substantial presence on every continent, tens is still largely confined to its region of origin, South East Asia, although tournaments have been organised in Europe, Africa and Australasia.

See also

External links


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1 86200 013 3)
  1. ^ Bath, p71
  2. ^ Bath, p29


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