All Blacks legend Muliaina to play at HKFC Tens

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 February, 2012, 12:00am


Mils Muliaina, All Blacks legend and 2011 World Cup winner, will be the jewel in the crown for the BGC Asia Pacific Barbarians (APBs) at next month's GFI HKFC Tens.

The 100-cap fullback is joined in an explosive line-up by fellow All Black Anthony Tuitavake and Fijian flier Vilimoni Delasau, a World Cup Sevens winner in 2005.

The Hong Kong-bound squad will be coached by another New Zealand great, former test captain Tana Umaga, and managed by Chester Williams, South Africa's 1995 World Cup-winning star winger.

The APBs reached the Cup final on their debut last year, losing 28-24 to Hong Kong's Tradition Valley.

'I'm thrilled to be included in the APBs squad for the Tens and I'm very much looking forward to two days of exciting and competitive rugby,' said Muliaina, who now plays in Japan. 'I have some great memories of Hong Kong from playing in the Bledisloe Cup and Hong Kong Sevens.

'My teammate here in Japan, Takuro Miuchi, has told me what a great experience it is to play with the APBs. It will be a pleasure to return to Hong Kong and pull on the boots again. We are all hoping we can go one better this year and lift the Cup.'

Muliaini, 31, fractured a houlder in the quarter-final defeat of Argentina during last year's World Cup in New Zealand and was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

Umaga played in 74 tests, including 21 as captain, for New Zealand between 1997 and 2005. 'We will have a tremendous mix of World Cup greats and some highly talented individuals from around Asia-Pacific. As a coach, I'm excited to be working with these players,' Umaga said.

The 2012 Tens will be held at Hong Kong Football Club on March 21-22.