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Twenty teams from eight nations are confirmed as entries in the 1st Rotterdam International League Nines to be played in Hollands largest city on saturday august 7th.
Teams from Morroco and Serbia will be looking to the Nines as a method of developing their game as will the West Indies who will have competed in both the Middlesex and York 9s before they cross the North sea.
The home nation have five entries with hosts Rugby Rotterdam and Barbarian style Mekka Boys both entering two sides.The combined team of Nijmegen Wasps and Nijmegen Oblix will come under the Nijmegen Nemisis name and carry the hopes of the east of the country.
England is represented by BARLA club Broughton Red Rose,Summer Conference side Nottingham Outlaws.NL3 club Essex Eels and Heavy Woolen Donkeys a social tag team from the Dewsbury area who are delighted to be accepted into the tournament despite having some reservations about the standard they will be up against.
Student teams from Scotland ,Ireland and Oxford University and French club SO Avignon,another York regular, make up the competiton.
Played over one day on four fields the action will be fast and furious from the 10am start until the champions are crowned at 18:00.
Each team will be allocated a Pool from which the tournament groups will be drawn.This will be in a form of seeding but will be based on geographic location ensuring a true international tournament.
The full line up (and their pools) for the draw is,
Pool A (Holland) Rotterdam 1 Rotterdam 2 Mekka Boys 1 Mekka Boys 2 Nijmegen Nemisis
Pool B (International) SO Avignon (France) West Indies Serbia Club Sportiff Berrechid (Morroco) Serbia Youth
Pool C (Students) Scotland 1 Scotland 2 Ireland 1 Ireland 2 Oxford University OB
Pool D (British) Broughton Red Rose Essex Eels Nottingham Outlaws Heavy Woolen Donkeys Scotland Youth
The draw will be made on Friday 6th August at the opening reception to be held at the Rugby Rotterdam venue.