Friday, 16th June 2017 @ 16:05
Your guide to the Beachcomber World Club 10s ahead of the tournament kicking off this weekend.
Harlequins are one of eight teams taking part in the competition at Anjalay Stadium, Mauritius on Saturday 17th June and Sunday 18th June.
The World Club 10s - now in its third year - takes place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June and sees matches consisting of ten minute halves, rolling substitutions, and five-man scrums.
On Saturday 17th June, the two pools of four teams compete in a round robin to decide the Quarter-Finals for the following day. On the Sunday 18th June, teams compete in the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, play-off places and Grand Final in what is set to be a great weekend of entertaining rugby.
In Pool A of the competition, Harlequins will face Western Force, Africa Pacific Dragons and Kubota Spears. Pool B is comprised of the Blue Bulls, the Brumbies, the Cheetahs and French Invitation side, Pyrenees Rugby.
The rules are similar to 15-a-side rugby (but with some of 7s time-saving adaptions). Each squad consists of 16 players, with ten players on the field at a time. The matches consist of two ten minute halves with a two minute half-time. A team is made up of five forwards (three in the front row, and two in the second row), with five backs.
Charlie Walker captains the 16-man squad and is joined by his fellow Melrose 7s winning team members Jonas Mikalcius, Calum Waters, Archie White and James Lang. Senior squad members Ross Chisholm and Karl Dickson will add experience and are joined in the group by Academy members Josh Ibuanokpe and Henry Cheeseman.
Former Washington Huskies linebacker and NFL prospect Psalm Wooching will represent Harlequins in the World Club 10s as a guest player over the two day tournament. Wooching is joined by, former members of Harlequins' Academy, Jon Brake, Nathan Thomas and Sam Gratton while Samir Kharbouch, Levi Davis and Billy Harding are also named as guests.
For more information on the 16-man squad please click here.
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