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DUBAI INTERNATIONAL VETERANS TENS 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message for Potential Sponsors.

Charity Sporting Prints rugby legends project will again be taking part in the International Dubai veterans rugby tens tournament 2015. A team comprising of 12 to 13 Professional International Players and 2 to 3 Club Players. 

Over the last few years the team has competed in the tournament with reasonable success, winning the 2013 plate tournament and in 2014 they lost narrowly to the main tournament winners by 2 tries in the quarter finals.

This year the team is intending to go all the way with a bigger and stronger team.

The tournament itself is an international spectacle attracting attention on a global scale and a significant audience presence at the tournament itself as our main sponsor this will facilitate great exposure for yourselves.

Let me introduce the International professional players in our team.

Iain Balshaw - England & Lions
Junior Paramore - Samoa
Gavin Thomas - Wales
Dan Parks - Scotland
Terry Fanalua - Samoa
Lee Mears - England & Lions
Chris Wyatt - Wales
Troy Flavell - New Zealand
Jordan James - Wales (RL)
Apolosi Satala - Fiji
Andy Henderson - Scotland
Daniel Browne - Ireland
Opeta Palepoi - Samoa
Shaun Perry (to be confirmed)
Jamie Noon (to be confirmed)


and if his commitments allow, Mike Tindall - England

All the squad players have played at the very highest standard including international level for their countries.

Over the last two years we have raised over 38,000 for our various charities supported by the players.

This year with the help of major sponsors and a well known playing squad we hope to exceed previous totals on behalf of our recognised charities Oxfam and Finding Your Feet.

This opportunity will have significant benefits to both parties. As I'm sure you are aware 2015 is a Rugby World Cup year and with the World Cup underway the eyes of the nation and the world will be focused on rugby union and with the Dubai tournament being just after the conclusion of the World Cup, interest in rugby union will be at its peak with heightened knowledge and awareness. With this in mind I would like to ask you to consider becoming one of our team sponsors. 

We are seeking sponsorship to fund our team and assist in raising money for Oxfam, we are not a full time team we are a select team, this is why we are asking for sponsorship.

Our charity Oxfam are kindly going to help with our team media and advertising, so there shall be plenty of exposure for your sponsorship and company and as well as this, if/when we make the final this match is televised during the main Emirates 7s tournament. So again this will be another great advertising opportunity and also will be covered by Global Rugby Network, one of the teams sponsors

There is so much potential in our team to go far with this tournament and with the help from your sponsorship we can grow even stronger and compete with the favourites whilst also donating money to an outstanding charity.

Charity Sporting Prints also organise the very successful Scottish International Vet Tens with the format being planned for tournaments in Wales and Las Vegas next year as well.

For more details email me David Higgins at rugbyvets@hotmail.com

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MEET THE TEAM

Former International Players in the Team  :

 

Junior Paramore

Former Samoa international with 29 caps, and played for New Zealand World Cup Sevens.

International Career 
2004 Barbarians - Centenary Tour to Portugal 
1991-2003 Samoa - 29 Caps
3 World Cup Campaigns 1991,1995,1999 
1993 with NZ to Hong Kong 7s
7s World Cup 
1991, 92, 94 with Samoa to Hong Kong 7s 

Club Career 
2005 Powergen Shield Winners 
2004-06 Bedford Rugby Club, UK - Player/Forwards coach 
2003 Powergen Cup Winners 
1999-2004 Gloucester RFC, UK - 97 Premiership Games 
1998 Division 1 Players' Player of the Year Award
Bedford Blues Promotion to Premiership 
1997 Club Player of the year Award 
1996-99 Bedford Rugby Club, UK - 105 Games 
1996 Castleford Rugby League - Super League, UKb 
1990-95 Counties RFU, NZ 
1990-95 Manurewa Rugby Club, NZ 
1987 Auckland U20s 
1987-89 East Tamaki Rugby Club, NZ

 

 

Iain Balshaw

 

Former England international full-back with 35 caps between 2000 and 2008, scoring a total of 65 points, and coming on as a replacement in the 2003 World Cup Final win over Australia.  In a club career spanning 17 years, he played over 125 games for Bath from 1997 before Leeds Carnegie in 2004, and again to Gloucester in 2006.  He moved to French side Biarritz in 2009 and played 69 times before retiring in 2014.

 

 

 

Dan Parks

Former Scotland international who won 66 caps for his national side from 2004 to 2012, scoring 250 points in the process, including a record 15 drop goals.  He played for Leeds Tykes at the beginning of a club career in which he also played for Cardiff Blues, Connacht, and most notably Glasgow Warriors.  He is the all time high points scorer for the Warriors with over 1500 points and over 100 appearances.  He was the first ever player to score 1,000 points in the Celtic League in which the Warriors play.

 

 

Gavin Michael Thomas won 24 caps for Wales, scoring four tries as a flanker. He played his club rugby for Tondu, Bridgend, Bath, the Ospreys, (15 appearances), the Scarlets (93 appearances) and the Newport Gwent Dragons (61 appearances). Thomas made his senior international debut for Wales on 10 June 2001 against Japan, and was capped on another six occasions that year. He then played in the 2002 Six Nations, as well as playing Tests against South Africa and Romania. He was capped six times in 2003, including the Six Nations. He played in two Tests against Argentina in June 2006. In May 2010, he was added to the Wales national rugby union team standby list for the summer matches and subsequently called into the full squad due to injury to Andy Powell. Thomas returned to the Wales starting lineup against New Zealand in Dunedin on 19 June 2010 after a four year absence. Thomas announced his retirement from rugby in June 2012.

Gavin Thomas

 

 

 

Terry Fanolua

 

 

Terry Fanolua is a Samoan rugby union player who played Centre for Gloucester winning 152 caps and 29 caps for Samoa.  Fanolua played for Gloucester for ten years and became a member of the 100 league games club.  A strong and devastating runner, Fanolua was the scourge of many opposition players and in 2006 upon he switched clubs joining French side Brive.

 

 

 

Andrew Roger Henderson (born 3 February 1980 in Kent, England) was capped 53 times for Scotland as a centre and scored 8 tries.  Currently playing for GHA, Henderson, between 2000 and 2009 played 121 games for Glasgow Warriors scoring 60 points before moving to Montauban and then to Newcastle Falcons before returning to Glasgow to captain GHA.

Andy Henderson

 

 

He represented Fiji in the 2006 Commonwealth Games where Fiji won the bronze medal defeating Australia.  He was picked by the Leeds Carnegie rugby club which plays in the National Division One. He played 8 games for them scoring his first try against Saracens in the EDF Energy Cup and scored a further 2 against defending champions, Bath. A member of the winning Army Middlesex Sevens team in both 2001 and 2004, he played for Fiji in the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens and returned from Hong Kong with a winners medal and the Melrose Cup.  He made his debut for Fiji in the XV man code in June 2005 against Tonga and has also played for the Heriot's Rugby Club and the Edinburgh Gunners briefly and Taunton RFC. He played for Gloucester as a replacement for injured flanker and fellow Fijian, Akapusi Qera. He signed a contract with Gloucester until the end of the 2009/2010 season and signed to join Sale Sharks for the 2010/2011 season on a 1 year contract.

 

Apolosi Satala

 

 

 

Christopher Philip Wyatt (born 10 June 1973) is a Welsh international rugby union player whose career as a lock forward lasted from 1998 to 2003, during which he attained 38 caps for the Wales national rugby union team.

Wyatt played club rugby in Wales for Newport RFC and Llanelli RFC before moving to Irish province Munster and French clubs Bourgoin and Aix-en-Provence. His international debut came four days before his 25th birthday in the 6 June 1998 4911 winning game against Zimbabwe at Harare. He was selected for the Wales squad in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups and played his last game in the 2 November 2003 5337 loss to New Zealand during World Cup match in Sydney.

Chris Wyatt

 

 

Troy Vandem Flavell (born 4 November 1976 in Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby union player who won 22 caps for New Zealand.  He recently played for Bayonne in the French Top 14. Troy plays lock and is known for his power in the scrum.

In October 2005, Flavell returned to New Zealand after a season with Japanese club Toyota Verblitz.  He opted for a switch to the Auckland Rugby Union instead of joining his former side North Harbour (based in the northern part of the Auckland Region).  He was contracted to Auckland for two seasons.  Flavell regained his All Black place in 2006 with two tests against Ireland before being injured for the rest of the season.

He was named captain of the Blues for the 2007 Super 14 season and was considered the outstanding forward of the Super 14, subsequently regaining his All Black Jersey. He played in the first five tests of the 2007 season. However he was left out of the All Black 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, being replaced by Sione Lauaki.  Many people, including Zinzan Brooke considered this to be a bad decision.

On May 2008, Flavell signed to play with the Japanese club Mitsubishi Dynaboars on a two year contract, starting from the conclusion of the 2008 Super 14 season.  In August 2010, Flavell signed for Bayonne in the French Top 14.  Flavell has played 22 tests for New Zealand, 43 Super Rugby games for the Auckland Blues and 59 games for North Harbour. He has also played for the New Zealand Māori.

 

Troy Flavell

 

 

Lee played for bath with 201 caps and retiring in 2013. Lea played for England winning 42 caps and played for the British Lions 4 times

Lee Mears

 

 

Welsh international rugby league footballer who won 30 Caps for Wales. 
Jordan played for Wigan of Super League, he has previously played for Crusaders, South Wales Scorpions, Swinton, Widnes, Castleford, Sheffield Eagles and Salford.  Jordan is a former Royal Marine of 42 Commando who served with the marines in Iraq and was awarded the King's Badge during his Marines training and played his amateur rugby league with Gloucestershire Warriors

Jordan James

 

 

Opeta Palapoi is an international Samoan rugby player who won 48 caps for his country.  He was also a part of the Samoa squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.  Opeta currently plays for Scottish side Gala RFC. He has previously played for Glasgow Warriors, Border Reivers and English club Harlequins. He is 1.95m tall.

Opeta Palepoi

 

 

Daniel Browne (born 16 April 1979) is currently playing club rugby for London Welsh in the Aviva Championship. He previously played for Bath, Northampton Saints and Leeds Carnegie in the English Premiership.  Browne is eligible to play for New Zealand (through birth), Ireland (Irish Father) and England (3 year residency). He declared in August 2010 that his preference would be to play for Ireland.  Browne's position of choice is as a number eight.

Daniel Browne

 

 

 

 

Charity Sporting Prints - Aims

The aim of this project is to raise funds for various charities supported by International Rugby Players (both Union and League).

There are many excellent charity rugby teams playing for various causes around the world, and we aim to help many of these teams with providing rugby prints for their use for auctions and sales where the entire purchase price goes to the charity.

Charity Sporting Prints aims to take the idea one step further.

The aim for each event that Charity Sporting Prints Rugby Legends attend, is to raise not only awareness of various charities and causes but to raise funds during the event.

Each team will be made up of international and top class rugby players, plus a small number of enthusiastic and supporting local and club over 35 veteran players coming from two clubs.  To be part of that event's playing team, these supporting players will be given the task to raise money in the preceding two months for the charity represented by the team at that specific event.  Money can be raised via any fund raising event and also the sale of any of the series of signed prints which are available at 65 and 130 each. EVERY PENNY OF THE PURCHASE PRICE GOES TO THE CHARITY WITH NO DEDUCTIONS

Each Charity Sporting Prints Rugby Legends team (including the 4 to 6 supporting playing club players) will be hosted by a local club to each event, this will include a formal or informal evening charity event where the host club will also raise funds via event ticket sales / raffle and also the sale of the rugby prints in the series.

 

 

 

 

Sponsors of the Team  :

 

 

Sponsors of the Dubai 2015 Team

 

Sponsors of the Charity Sporting Prints Project

UIS Art

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Cranston Fine Arts - The Military Print Company

 

 

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