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Saracens to make Hong Kong bow
ESPNscrum Staff
February 11, 2012
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Former All Black Mils Muliaina will play for the Asia Pacific Barbarians against Saracens © Getty Images
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Saracens will make their first appearance in Hong Kong when they play the Asia Pacific Barbarians team in the Chartis Cup this summer.

The current Aviva Premiership champions have pledged to take their strongest available team to face the APBs, who will include 2011 Rugby World Cup winner Mils Muliaina. The game will take place at Hong Kong Stadium on June 9.

"We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to play in Hong Kong," said Saracens chairman Nigel Wray. "Saracens is a club based in north London since 1876, but we are eager to take our squad, with their incredible work ethic, to all corners of the rugby world."

Mark McCall, Saracens' director of rugby, added: "Hong Kong represents something special in the rugby world, largely because of the annual Sevens tournament. It is a privilege for us to have been invited to play a 15-man match against a strong Asia Pacific Barbarians team and we are very much looking forward to the occasion."

Chartis and match organisers have pledged that proceeds from the event will go towards the Royal Project office in Thailand, under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, to renovate schools hit by flooding last year and help students from very poor families with the expense of attending classes.

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