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Expect a better Rugby World Club 10s next year: organisers

Organisers of the inaugural Rugby World Club 10s, which drew more than 20,000 fans over the weekend, expect next year's event to be even better.

SINGAPORE: Organisers of the inaugural Rugby World Club 10s expect next year's event to be even better.

The first competitive event held at the new National Stadium drew more than 20,000 fans over the weekend.

Promoters Carinat Sports Marketing said it would review the event over the coming week and that's when firmer ideas could be thrown up on how to improve the two-day festival.

Feedback from the eight elite clubs participating has been good and most have signalled they would return, if invited next year.

Carinat has a contract to run another two editions of the competition.

Jon Phelps, Managing Director of Carinat Sports Marketing, said: "It's a great start, first year, fantastic crowd enjoying themselves, so there's a lot to build on. We'll play in July next year, so we've got 12 months now to get everything out there. I think everyone's now seeing the event so we're hoping to bring it on further with more crowds, more people and more fun around it."

The Singapore Rugby Union also praised the event, calling it one "befitting of a stadium that is of international standard."

But there are issues to iron out such as improving human and vehicular traffic around the stadium.

Low Teo Ping, President of Singapore Rugby Union, said: "It has been fantastic, despite the fact that it is a new venue. Teething problems are bound to be in place and I think the kinks are being worked on. And I'm sure the next one is going to be even better, and the next one will be even better than the previous one."

The Rugby World Club 10s was won by the Auckland Blues who beat the Brumbies 10-5 after double extra time.

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