Hong Kong Sevens

Sevens legend Serevi aims to steer Barbarians to Cup win

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am

Waisale Serevi (pictured) will be hoping his presence will inspire the Hill & Associates Hong Kong Barbarians to win the GFI Hong Kong Football Club Tens on March 24 to 25.

The Fijian sevens legend will line up with the Hong Kong Barbarians for the tournament, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. And Serevi hopes he can lead the side to Cup glory.

'I am excited to try my hand at tens, especially back in Hong Kong. I understand the Baa Baas won the Plate in 2008 and I want to go one better in 2010,' said Serevi, speaking from Papua New Guinea where he coaches the national sevens team.

John Bruce, a long-time supporter of the Hong Kong Barbarians, was 'absolutely delighted' Serevi, who has played in the Hong Kong Sevens three times, will be joining the team.

'It will mean a lot to the other players who will be playing with a legend,' Bruce said. 'Serevi is going to add a lot to this tournament and we are absolutely delighted we have got him to play for us.'

Serevi's appearance will add an extra dimension to the tournament, as organisers last night unveiled the draw for the 16-team invitational event, a prelude to the Sevens.

The Hong Kong Barbarians, usually made up of players who have figured in domestic competition this season but are not eligible to wear the Hong Kong shirt, were drawn in pool B alongside last year's Cup runners-up Alternative New Zealand Legends, Wild Titans from Germany and British Forces side Flying Kukris.

Defending champions Aliens top pool A, where they will be joined by last year's debut side and eventual Bowl winners Scatterlings of Africa - who will again be led by former Springbok flanker Bobby Skinstad - Australian Country Invitational and mainland side China Agricultural University.

Pool C comprises Penguin International RFC under former Scotland coach Frank Hadden and Steve Hill, another British team in Samurai International, Cardiff University and hosts Hong Kong Football Club. The Penguins reached the final in 2007 and 2008 and were the tournament's top seeds in 2009, only to bow out in the Cup quarter-final to Aliens.

Pool D is topped by fourth seeds Borneo Eagles, KIF French Pyrenees - featuring towering forward Patrick Tabacco, who was capped 25 times for France including at World Cup 2003 - the Irish Vikings and Old Boys.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup, while the third and fourth teams go to the Bowl. The losers of the Cup quarter-finals enter the Plate, while the losers in the Bowl quarter-finals enter the Shield.