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6th April 2019

Rugby legends raise smiles, money at Tackle Cancer game

The GFI HKFC 10s presented a cheque for HK$250,000 to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund following a star-studded Rugby Legends Tackle Cancer exhibition game at Hong Kong Football Club on Thursday afternoon.

Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio joined England flyhalf Andy Goode’s side, which included compatriots Jason Leonard, Simon Shaw, Rob Vickerman, Ben Gollings and Tom Varndell, Scotland’s Tom Smith, Hong Kong’s Rowan Varty and New Zealand’s Olivia Coady.

Waisale Serevi, the ‘King of Sevens’, and ‘Captain America’ Todd Clever joined a team captained by former Scotland lock Jim Hamilton.

The side also included Australians David Campese and Justin Harrison, New Zealanders DJ Forbes, Scott Waldrom and Terry Wright, Samoans Alesana Tuilagi, Freddie Tuilagi and Bella Milo, plus Fiji’s Sam Viriviri, the 2014 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year.

Sally Lo, founder and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Cancer Fund, received the cheque from Gareth Wilde, Chairman of the tournament’s Organising Committee. Lo watched the match and was delighted with the 10-a-side touch game, which also included local amateurs and sponsors.

“It has been such a memorable day. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited as I was when I spoke to the players in the changing room before the match! They’re a great group, giving their time up to come and play. What a fabulous, fabulous match. I was blown away. I’m a real fan now,” said Lo, who founded the organisation in 1987.

“The cheque was more than double what we expected, so we are absolutely over the moon. Not only that, this event also brought home the reality that cancer touches us all in one way or another, so we’re absolutely delighted to be part of this wonderful tournament.”

Leonard, who won 114 caps for England and five for the British and Irish Lions, enjoyed being among so many famous players helping the cause.

“It was great fun, especially when you see people like Serevi still strutting his stuff, Campese doing his trademark steps, then you see Simon Shaw and his first touch is to knock it on five yards,” laughed Leonard.

“I think rugby’s quite unique. We do try to give back, we do try to support as many people as we can and you have so many famous players here for this. This is such a great idea, so credit to Gaz Wilde and the organising group who put this together. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to help kick cancer into touch.”

Internationals:

Andy Goode (c), England
Jason Leonard, England
Lawrence Dallaglio, England
Simon Shaw, England
Rob Vickerman, England
Ben Gollings, England
Tom Varndell, England
Tom Smith, Scotland
Rowan Varty, Hong Kong
Olivia Coady, New Zealand
 
Jim Hamilton (c), Scotland
Waisale Serevi, Fiji
Todd Clever, USA
David Campese, Australia
Justin Harrison, Australia
DJ Forbes, New Zealand
Scott Waldrom, New Zealand
Terry Wright, New Zealand
Alesana Tuilagi, Samoa
Freddie Tuilagi, Samoa
Bella Milo, Samoa
Sam Viriviri, Fiji

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