Tens Rugby

Kiwis aiming for three in a row at Hong Kong Tens

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 February, 2014, 12:37am

Defending champions Fortis New Zealand Metro will head an impressive line-up of international talent at next month's GFI HKFC Tens.

The powerful Kiwis, who are named top seeds, will be going for their third title in a row when the popular 10-a-side rugby tournament is held at Hong Kong Football Club on March 26-27.

Last year's beaten finalists, the Penguins, are back for another crack at the Cup and have been seeded number two.

The losing semi-finalists from 2007, perennial Kiwi contenders Aliens and renowned Fijian side Davetalevu, are seeded three and four.

Metro, winners of the Tens in 2003, 2006 and 2007, will be boosted by the presence of Tonga's Rugby World Cup captain, Nili Latu, in their line-up.

"Nili led by example and was an inspiration to his players at last year's Rugby World Cup. 'We are delighted to have him in our team," said Metro manager Barry Gallagher.

As well as loose forward Latu, Metro expect to include players from New Zealand's extended national sevens squad.

"We're certainly looking forward to returning to Hong Kong for what promises to be another great Tens tournament," added Gallagher.

"We expect the Penguins to be very strong this year, as will our friends the Aliens, Davetalevu and the New Zealand Legends.

"As always with this tournament, we don't take any team lightly as we know anything can happen on the day."