Penguins have added former All Black Rico Gear and American “player of the decade” Todd Clever to a fearsome squad looking to make amends for last year’s disappointing showing at the GFI HKFC Tens. The Penguins, seeded fourth, will be looking to Gear and former USA Eagles captain Clever to spearhead their challenge, alongside a host of youthful talent from New Zealand at Hong Kong Football Club next Wednesday and Thursday. With our experience and fire-power, we’re looking to go all the way to the title this year Rico Gear “The quality of the rugby in the Cup competition is fantastic,” said 37-year-old Gear, who is making his second appearance at the Tens. “Given I’m one of the senior players in the squad, I’ll be looking to the young fliers to do all the running while Todd and I pull the strings. With our experience and fire-power, we’re looking to go all the way to the title this year.” Also capped by New Zealand Maori, Gear scored 11 tries in 19 appearances for the All Blacks and still holds the record for most tries in a Super Rugby season with 15 for the all-conquering Crusaders in 2005. Gear, whose brother Hosea is also an All Black, was a devastating exponent of the short-format game and a key part of the gold medal-winning All Black team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Clever has already tasted victory at the Tens as part of the victorious Asia-Pacific Barbarians team in 2012. The 32-year-old played 63 times for the USA, captaining the team in both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. The versatile flanker also represented the USA Sevens team in 24 competitions across a stellar career. This year’s third seeds, Samurai, have recruited rugby league convert Omari Caro, England Sevens scrum-half Jack Walsh and Tongan international Vili Fainga’a as they look to end a title drought which includes two heart-breaking defeats in the finals over the past five years. Jamaican-born Caro won the Super League’s fastest man title in 2012, with a time of 10.28 seconds for 90 metres. The 24-year old has played rugby league for Jamaica and Super League team London Broncos, but the Tens will be his first rugby union tournament. Walsh, 22, featured in the England’s sevens team at last year’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and will be looking to impress in an effort to force his way back into consideration. Fainga’a, 27, is the younger brother of Wallaby twins Anthony and Saia. Although his siblings have both played for Australia, Vili opted to play for Tonga and has been capped in both the fifteen and seven-a-side format. Sixteen teams will compete in four round-robin pools on day one before progressing into the Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield competitions on day two.