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Rugby: GFI extends sponsorship of HKFC Tens through 2017

Captained by Wallaby legend George Smith, Asia-Pacific Dragons won the GFI HKFC Tens for the second time in three years. Photo: GFI HKFC Tens.

Captained by Australia legend George Smith, Asia-Pacific Dragons won the GFI HKFC Tens for the second time in three years.

January 21, 2015: GFI Group has announced a three-year extension to its sponsorship of the GFI HKFC Tens in Hong Kong, one of the world’s leading 10-a-side tournaments.

 

The 30th edition of the GFI HKFC Tens will be held at Hong Kong Football Club on March 25-26, the Wednesday and Thursday before the world-famous Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

 

GFI, a leading provider of brokerage services and trading support products, has title sponsored the Tens since 2006 and the new agreement will extend the partnership to 12 years, through to 2017.

 

Scott Tatham, Managing Director, Head of Asia at GFI, said: “Everyone at GFI is delighted that we’re continuing our partnership with the GFI HKFC Tens. This year will be the 10th time we’ve title sponsored the event, which is a wonderful reflection of the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the tournament.

 

“The last week of March in Hong Kong is synonymous with rugby and the GFI HKFC Tens is a key part of ‘rugby week’. In my opinion it’s the best 10s event in the world and one of the best rugby events worldwide. Our clients love it, the players love it and it’s a pleasure to be part of it.”

 

Lisa Foley, the Chairman of the GFI HKFC Tens Organising Committee, added: “We’re extremely fortunate to have such a committed partner as GFI and it is fantastic that they are continuing in their title sponsor role. Having a global business such as GFI as our title sponsor is a reflection of the status and standing of the tournament.

 

“The event now attracts some of the biggest names in world rugby to play at Sports Road and the quality of the games is exceptional. The GFI HKFC Tens can rightly claim to be one of the biggest and best rugby 10s events worldwide.”

 

Last March, Asia Pacific Dragons won the tournament for the second time in three years as a star-studded team, coached by All Black legend Tana Umaga, rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to beat Tradition YCAC 29-14 in a sensational Cup final.

 

Since GFI came on board as title sponsor, the tournament has attracted rugby legends Joe Roff and Toutai Kefu (both 2006), Jonah Lomu (2007), Brian Lima (2008), Bobby Skinstad (2009), Waisale Serevi (2010), George Gregan and Christian Cullen (2011), Justin Marshall (2011 and 2012), Mils Muliaina (2012), and George Smith, last year’s winning captain.

 

Source: GFI HKFC Tens (www.hongkongtens.com); Editing by SportAsia

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