Touch World Cup bringing players to Coffs from all corners
WHEN the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup starts in Coffs Harbour in late-April, it's going to be like a United Nations meeting.
A total of 84 teams from 21 countries have nominated to play at C.ex Coffs International Stadium from April 29 to May 2.
Five nations - Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines - are set to make their debut at the World Cup.
Including Australia, 11 countries have nominated a team in each of the three open divisions (mens, womens, mixed).
The other 10 being England, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, USA and Wales.
China and Malaysia have entered the mens and womens divisions, the Phillipines will be playing opens in the womens division while Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Jersey, Netherlands and the South Pacific island nation of Niue will be participating in the mixed open competition.
Federation of International Touch president, Eric Acker, said the large number of countries heading to Coffs Harbour should be no surprise.
"Our sport has seen a huge growth in the last couple of years, especially in East Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and South Asia," Acker said.
"We can now count 56 registered members of FIT. Hence the 8th Touch World Cup will see the number of participants hugely increase."