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Harlequins and England No.8 Nick Easter will
bring his Premiership-winning skills to Hong Kong this week as
part of the powerful BGC APBs squad that will take on Saracens in
the Chartis Cup on Saturday, 9 June 2012.
Easter joins an awesome group of back-row
specialists that already includes All Blacks icon Jerry Collins,
Samoa's Henry Tuilagi, Japan legend Takuro Miuchi and 100-cap
Wales hero Martyn Williams.
A trio of stars who play for the Blues in Super
Rugby have also been confirmed for the BGC APBs – props Pauliasi
Manu and Angus Ta'avao along with centre Francis Saili, who made a
stunning impact in Saturday's performance against the Chiefs.
Another world-class addition is hooker Mahonri
Schwalger, Samoa’s captain during last year’s Rugby World Cup and
a key player for the high-flying Chiefs in the current Super Rugby
Local rugby will be represented by Hong Kong
Football Club and national team scrumhalf Pete McKee.
Easter, capped 47 times by England and a veteran
of the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, joins up with the BGC APBs after
playing a key role for Harlequins in their English Premiership
Also arriving in Hong Kong on a high will be
Wales winger Shane Williams and Samoa scrumhalf Kahn Fotuali'i,
fresh from helping Ospreys land the RaboDirect PRO12 title.
“We’ve assembled a squad of proven winners,”
said BGC APBs chairman, Jon Phelps. “We have World Cup veterans,
seasoned test performers, and some of the most exciting talents in
Super Rugby and northern hemisphere rugby.”
Other big names in the BGC APBs line-up include
All Blacks quartet Mils Muliaina, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Rico Gear and
Troy Flavell, Fijian flyer Vilimoni Delasau and Samoa’s 2011 World
Cup centre Seilala Mapusua.
World Cup winner Muliaina, Mapusua and former
Japan captain Miuchi were all members of the BGC APBs squad that
triumphed in the GFI HKFC Tens in March.
The BGC APBs will take on Saracens in the
Chartis Cup at 18:00 this Saturday (9 June) at Hong Kong Stadium.
For Saracens, former England skipper Steve
Borthwick will lead a powerful team that includes 2007 World
Cup-winning Springbok captain John Smit and England internationals
Richard Wigglesworth and Hugh Vyvyan.
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
for which admission is free.
Tickets for the Chartis Cup cost HK$300 for
adults and HK$50 for children.