The Welsh wizard, Shane Williams, will make Hong
Kong the venue for his final playing appearance when he turns out
for the star-studded BGC APBs in the Chartis Cup next month.
brilliant winger will be joined by his former Wales and Lions
teammate Martyn Williams and ex-New Zealand flyer Rico Gear in a
squad that already contains five former All Blacks – including
100-cap fullback Mils Muliaina – and a host of other Rugby World
The BGC APBs will take on reigning English
Premiership champions Saracens – making their first ever visit to
the Far East – in the Chartis Cup at Hong Kong Stadium on 9 June
(kick off time, 18:00).
“To have household names like Shane
Williams, Martyn Williams and Rico Gear so heavily involved speaks
volumes for the appeal of the BGC APBs and the lure of the Chartis
Cup,” said Les Mouat, Chairman and Head of Distribution, Chartis
Insurance Asia Pacific. “Not only will these vastly
experience former internationals be guiding and inspiring the BGC
APBs, they will be highly visible during Chartis Cup week,
coaching youngsters, meeting fans and showcasing APBs rugby to the
Shane Williams scored a record 58 tries
for Wales in a glittering 11-year international career before
retiring from test rugby last December. He is playing his final
season for Welsh side Ospreys and will retire from all rugby this
summer, with the Chartis Cup marking his final game as a
Martyn Williams will play for the BGC
APBs shortly after winning his 100th cap for Wales in their match
against the Barbarians in Cardiff on 2 June. Gear, meanwhile,
scored 11 tries in 19 tests for the All Blacks from 2004-07.
Two other Wales-based players have also been confirmed for the
BGC APBs – Llanelli Scarlets prop Deacon Manu captained Fiji at
last year’s RWC while Ospreys scrumhalf Kahn Fotuali’i played for
Samoa in the world showpiece.
Apart from Muliaina, ex-All
Blacks Sitiveni Sivivatu, Jerry Collins, Troy Flavell and Neemia
Tialata are in the squad together with flying Fijian Sireli Bobo
and Samoan brothers Alesana and Henry Tuilagi.
The BGC APBs
will return to Hong Kong for the high-profile fixture having
already made a major impact in the territory with their Cup
triumph at the recent GFI HKFC Tens.
BGC have also
confirmed they are extending their sponsorship of the team to
include the Chartis Cup fixture.
“Having been closely
associated with the team in last year’s inaugural Chartis Cup and
then the hugely successful Tens campaign, we are delighted to
continue our support for this exciting and appealing rugby team,”
said Len Harvey, Executive Managing Director and General Manager,
Asia Pacific, BGC Partners.
Saracens, meanwhile, will
continue the defence of their English Premiership crown this
Saturday when they take on Leicester Tigers in the playoff
The Chartis Cup showdown will be the
centrepiece of a day-long rugby festival that will feature mini
and veterans tournaments and a Rugby Village next to Hong Kong
Stadium where fans can watch the day’s international matches live
on big screens later in the evening.
Tickets for the
Chartis Cup – priced HK$300 for adults and HK$50 for children –
can be purchased through HK Ticketing and Tom Lee Music