For the past two weeks Heriot’s Rugby Super6 centre Robbie Chalmers has played in the inaugural World Tens Series.
The first tournament of the new international competition featuring teams of 10 players was held in Bermuda from 24 October to 7 November.
Robbie, 22, played for Phoenix Middle East Rugby, one of seven professional teams that competed in the tournament, including: Miami Sun, Rhinos, Ohio Aviators, London Royals, Asia Pacific Dragons and SX10.
Former England 7s captain Matthew Turner invited Robbie to play in the tournament. Both have played for USA 7s team Tiger Rugby, which is involved in organising the World Tens Series.
Robbie admitted he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play in the new tournament at the Bermuda National Stadium.
‘‘They were looking for a few guys to join the Phoenix rugby team and I jumped at the chance,’’ he said.
‘‘The team is made up with guys from all over the world. We have players from Scotland, England, USA, Lithuania and South Africa and we are coached by ex-Springbok Braam van Straaten.’’
Robbie has enjoyed the experience of playing in the World Tens Series and is hopeful of future opportunities with Phoenix Middle East Rugby.
‘‘It’s been a great experience playing against some of the best players around,’’ he said.
‘‘At times it has been very challenging but it has been very good for my rugby development.’’
The World Tens Series League, took place over two rounds and was won by London Royals. SX10 won the WTS Cup, which finalised the tournament.
There are plans to expand the World Tens Series to 16 teams that will play tournaments in 12 locations around the world during 2021.