Former England captain Steve Borthwick will lead
a powerful Saracens team to play the BGC APBs in Hong Kong's
Chartis Cup on Saturday, 9 June 2012.
The squad includes 2007 World Cup-winning
Springbok captain John Smit, England internationals Borthwick,
Richard Wigglesworth and Hugh Vyvyan, England Saxons Adam Powell
and Nils Mordt, plus a host of up-and-coming stars including Jamie
George, George Kruis, James Short, Jackson Wray, Will Fraser and
There is also a place in the Saracens squad for
current England U18 international Nathan Earle, who will return to
Hong Kong, his birthplace.
Saracens, the 2011 English Premiership
champions, will take on a star-studded BGC APBs team who include
the likes of legends Mils Muliaina, Jerry Collins, Sitiveni
Sivivatu, Rico Gear, Shane Williams and the Tuilagi brothers,
Alesana and Henry.
"We're very excited about this Saracens visit to
the Far East and we're looking forward to playing the BGC APBs in
a highly competitive game,” said Borthwick, the Saracens captain.
“After watching the
Hong Kong Sevens on TV, we can't wait to
experience the unique atmosphere generated at the Hong Kong
The Chartis Cup will be the centrepiece of a
day-long rugby festival at Hong Kong Stadium and nearby So Kon Po
Sports Ground that will feature minis and veterans tournaments
plus a family-friendly Rugby Village at the Indian Recreation Club
that will boast F&B, a children’s play area and big TV screens so
fans can watch the day’s international matches later in the
Admission to the Rugby Village is free. And, as
a bonus, the BGC APBs and Saracens players will drop by after the
Chartis Cup to mingle with spectators and sign autographs.
The Chartis Cup is a charity match, with
proceeds going to the Royal Project office in Thailand to help
rebuild schools in areas affected by the massive flooding in parts
of the country late last year.
Tickets for the Chartis Cup are priced at HK$300 for
adults and HK$50 for children.