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Leighton Duley - Master of Ceremonies
Leighton Duley
Hardly needing any introduction Leighton, or Dules as he is more affectionately known, is a legend in Hong Kong rugby circles. Having returned to the Loon after self-imposed exile with DEA RFC Dules is now fluent in Cantonese, well that is his explanation for communication breakdowns during some of the league fixtures this season. A Kiwi hooker hailing from the land of the long white cloud Dules is sure to be "worried" by the presence of the NSW Sheepshaggers. Behave yourself lads, or you can clear up the droppings this year. Having exchanged Banter with Phil DeGlanville and Jeff Probyn at RugbyFests in the past, Dules is looking forward to getting 'up close and personal' with Bentos
  Phil De Glanville


Phil de Glanville or “Hollywood to his mates! Phil played his senior rugby for Bath RFC playing 189 times and notching up 250 points. During his 12 years at Bath he captained them to a league and cup double in 1989. His international career with England spanned 7 years with 38 appearances and 40 points.
Leighton Duley - Master of Ceremonies
  Jeff Probyn

Jeff Probyn or Pot Belly Bagpus as he is known in Hong Kong, The Askeans, Streatham and Wasps prop was selected in England's squad for the 1987 Rugby World Cup, but Probyn did not make his international debut until 1988, at the age of 31, against France. Left out of the 1993 Lions squad which toured New Zealand, Probyn toured South Africa with a World XV in 1989, and was a member of the Wasps FC side which won the English Courage league in 1990. Along with Stuart Barnes, Wade Dooley, Mike Teague, Peter Winterbottom and Jon Webb, Probyn wore the England shirt for the last time in a 17-3 defeat by Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 1993. In total, he won 37 caps for England and scored 3 tries.


  Leighton Duley - Master of Ceremonies
  John Bentley

John Bentley or “Bentos” to his mates. Originally a Union player, he made his England debut against Ireland in 1988 aged 21 and played on the summer tour against Australia.After training as a policeman he then turned his back on Union which was then an amateur-only game, and played professional rugby league. He played for Great Britain at league and signed for Leeds, before moving on to Halifax, as well as enjoying a short spell in Australia with Balmain Tigers.
When Rugby Union turned professional, he signed for Union side Newcastle Falcons in 1996, helping the side to their first and so far only Premiership title. He was then selected for the 1997 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, where he played in the second Test, playing opposite James Small.After the tour he played twice more for England at Rugby Union before switching back to League with Huddersfield Giants.
  Joe Bugner

He was a boxer!
  Terry Hart - Master of Ceremonies
  Victor Ubogu
Victor Ubogu
Victor is a former Bath and England rugby union player. He also played, whilst still at university, for Moseley. He attended West Buckland School where he received the school's top award, the Fortescue Medal, and St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1992 he became a prop for the England national rugby union team where he remained until 1999 gaining 24 caps and scoring 5 points. He now owns and runs a travel company, offering hospitality at sporting events. Combining the size and strength typical of a prop with unusual speed for a player specializing in this position, Ubogu was often a highly effective ball-carrier in broken play. Against well-drilled international defences he sometimes lacked penetration, but he frequently embarrassed club-level opposition

Anson Bailey - Master of Ceremonies

Anson Bailey  
  Phil Greening
Phil Greeniing
A former England rugby player,  Greening finished his rugby career with London Wasps in 2005. During his career he earned 24 caps for England, as well as going to Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 2001. He also captained the English rugby sevens team, as well as playing at the 2002-03 Hong Kong Sevens.
  Gavin Hastings

Gavin Hastings OBE (born 3 January 1962) is a former Scotland rugby union player. He is frequently considered one of the best, if not the best, rugby player to come out of Scotland.His nickname is "Big Gav". Hastings was born in Edinburgh. He has played for Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University, Scotland and the British and Irish Lions and was one of the outstanding rugby union players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. He played fullback, and captained the Lions on the tour to New Zealand in 1993 (after playing in all three tests in the 1989 tour to Australia).

  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
  Tim Stimpson

Stimpson was educated at Silcoates School, Wakefield. In 1992, he went to the University of Durham, where he studied anthropology at Grey College, graduating in 1995. He went on the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa and would have played in the tests as first choice full back were it not for the better goal-kicking of Neil Jenkins that would be crucial to the Lions' series victory. He fell out with Newcastle's management and Rob Andrew, during the 1997–98 season and did not make many appearances for them, signing at the end of the year for Leicester Tigers. After the retirement of Joel Stransky he became Leicester Tigers' principal goalkicker.
In 2003 he was rumoured to be linked to French club Perpignan despite having time left on his contract at Leicester. Despite initial denials from Tigers' management, he did sign and moved to France after the 2003 World Cup, Tigers releasing him from his contract. However, he failed to play for Perpignan and in 2004 returned to England to play for Leeds Tykes. He decided to retire from playing for Leeds Tykes to pursue a career in coaching in January 2006. In the summer of 2006 his services were used by Nottingham Rugby Club, where he presently holds a part time coaching role.
Stimpson won a record five consecutive Premiership titles with Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers.
  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
  Paul Wallace

During his rugby playing career Paul played with UCC, Munster, Blackrock College RFC, before moving to professional club, Saracens whom he played with from 1996 to 2001 before returning Leinster in 2001. He played at international level with Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, representing Ireland at junior levels before making his full international debut against Japan in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in Bloemfontein to play along side his brother Richard. He went on to win 46 caps for Ireland between 1995 and 2002 His final match for Ireland was against Georgia in a world cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road in September 2002.

Wallace was chosen as a late replacement for Peter Clohessy to tour South Africa with the 1997 British and Irish Lions. He became one of only five members of the tour who played the full duration of all three tests. Paul was a very influential player in the winning of the series, facing Os du Randt in the scrum and was subsequently described by captain, Martin Johnson, as; "My player of the series" with tour manager Fran Cotton regarding him as the cornerstone of the Lions scrum.
  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
  George "Dodie" Weir

George Weir started playing rugby for Stewarts Melville RFC, his former school, in Edinburgh. He studies at the Scottish Agricultural College as a HND student from 1988-1991 . He moved to Melrose RFC in the Borders and was part of the team that won six Scottish club championships. Doddie was first capped for Scotland against Argentina in 1990. He suffered a horrific knee injury as a result of foul play while playing for the British Lions against Mpumalanga Province in the 1997 South African tour. Doddie has won 61 Scottish caps and played for Newcastle Falcons. He finished his playing career together with Gary Armstrong at The Borders in 2004.
  Josh Daniels - Comedian
  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies 
  James Forrester

James Forrester is a former English rugby union player who played at number eight for Gloucester Rugby.

Having played for England U21 he made his England A debut against Wales in Bristol during 2002 and in June of that year also played for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham, scoring a memorable 65 metre try and outstripping Jonah Lomu in the process. He was also capped by the England Sevens squad in 2002, playing in the opening World Series tournament in Dubai and two others and was man of the match with two tries, when England A thrashed Scotland 78–6 in March 2003.
  Gareth Chilcott
Gareth Chilcott
Gareth "Coochie" Chilcott is a former rugby union player, who played as prop for Bath and England.

He made his England debut against Australia in 1984. He toured with the Lions in Australia in 1989, together with Andy Robinson and Jeremy Guscott.
  Simon Evans - Comedian
  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
  Serge Betsen

Serge Betsen is a French rugby union player who plays as a flanker for London Wasps at club level and formerly for France internationally. He is generally considered to be one of the top flankers of the professional era (post-1995) of rugby union. Nicknamed la Faucheuse (the Grim Reaper), Betsen's finest moment came during the 2002 Six Nations Championship in the match against England, when his relentless man-marking of Jonny Wilkinson eventually resulted in the fly half's replacement and paved the way for a 20–15 victory. Later, England's coach, Clive Woodward said of Betsen: "“He is the only player that I can say was the single-handed reason we lost a match." France went on to win the Grand Slam and Betsen was named France's International Player of the Year. Betsen is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Monaco-based international organization Peace and Sport
  Andy Nicol
Andy Nicol
Andy Nicol is a former rugby union player and he also captained theScotland NationalRUgby Union team from scrum-half on the famous occasion in 2000 when Scotland beat England 19-13 at a rain-soaked Murrayfield and so prevented England from achieving the Grand Slam that year. He won 23 caps for Scotland. Andy is currently a sports presenter for the BBC
  John Moloney - Comedian
  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
  Scott Gibbs
We are delighted to welcome Scott Gibbs to RugbyFest. Scott started out in the rugby world at Pencoed RFC excelling at mini and youth level before stepping up to first class rugby with Bridgend ,Neath and Swansea initailly up until 1994. During this period Scott gained his first of his 53 caps playing for Wales against England in 1991.Scott then pursued a two year change of codes playing League for St Helens before returning to Swansea in 1996 where he played until 2004.

Many of course will remember Scott for his performance in the 1997 British Lions tour, aka Living With John Bentley, in which he was named "Player of the Series" ! Note not MVP !!!!! Apart from his steam rollering of Os Du rant , some may also remember him for his break dancing in the gym!!! However for most Welsh and I guess English, well all rugby fans he is remembered with differing degrees of affection for his superb individual try in the last ever Five Nations matches. In the dying moments Scott crashed stepped and gigged his way through what seemed like the whole English defence to not only ruin Englands Grand Slam , but to hand the last Five Nations Championship to the Jocks, I mean Scotland!!! Greetings Scott and delighted to have you on board
  Peter Wheeler
Well-known as a world-class rugby player, Peter played 349 games for Leicester Tigers between 1969 and 1986, captaining them for five seasons.  He played 41 matches for England and captained the side in 1983/84.  He played in seven Tests for the British Lions, touring with them to New Zealand in 1977 and South Africa in 1980.  He made eight appearances for the Barbarians, scoring a hat trick of tries on his debut and including matches against Australia in 1976 and New Zealand in 1978.  He was in the Barbarians side that became the first Northern Hemisphere team to win the Hong Kong 7s in 1981. He toured or played with or against some of the greatest characters in rugby and he has the stories of these to relate. Peter was rugby speaker of the year in 2005. He represents Leicester on the board of the English Professional Clubs and represents those Clubs on the English RFU Professional Game Board.  He is also a Board member of European Rugby Cup Limited.
  Gary Marshall - Comedian
  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
  Scott Hastings
scotthastings Former Scotland/ British & Irish Lions player Scott Hastings is Scotland's most capped centre three quarter with 65 caps. He played in 51 Internationals with his brother Gavin and they are the only brothers to have played together in a British Lions Test match. A former captain and full-back with Scottish Schools, out of George Watson's College in Edinburgh, he was first capped for Scotland a month after his 21st birthday in January 1986 against France. Ever present in the Scotland team he captained the Barbarians against the 1993 All Blacks and has Captained Scotland at 7 a-side rugby. In 1989 Scott played in 9 of the 11 games with the Bristish and Irish Lions on their winning tour of Australia, including the final two test matches. He played in ten of Scotland's fourteen World Cup games in 1987, 1991, 1995 and joined ITV's commentary team for the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups. Scott continues to be involved in the media and writes the occasional newspaper column. He is also a regular commentator with Sky Sports in their coverage of the Heineken Cup at IRB7's
  Simon Shaw
World Cup winner and former England / British Lions player
Born in Nairobi and having spent much of his childhood in Spain, Simon represented Bristol RFC before joining London Wasps in 1997. Over the next 14 seasons Simon won every honour available in the English game as the club enjoyed a sustained period of success, including four Premiership titles and two Heineken Cups. In May 2008, Simon became the first player ever to play in 200 Premiership matches, and on his departurefrom the club in 2011 Simon had made 339 appearances. Simon made his England debut against Italy in 1996 and has represented his country on 71 occasions in total, including at three World Cups. In 2003 Simon was called up to the squad following an injury to Danny Grewcock, earning an MBE as part of the World Cup winning team. In 2007 Simon was an integral member of the England team, playing the full 80 minutes in the losing final to South Africa, and in 2011 Simon featured in three matches for England at the tournament in New Zealand. Simon toured with the British & Irish Lions in 1997 and 2005, though he didn't win his first Lions cap until the second Test of the 2009 tour to South Africa.
  David Trick
We are delighted to welcome the very rapid David Trick to Rugbyfest. 'Tricky' who ran in 171 tries in 247 games on the wing for Bath (1979-1991) could have given Alan Wells a run for his money clocking 10.4 seconds as the UK 100m Junior Champion. Realising this was the game for him when the attraction of post match bevvies took over from orange squash and training he went on to international level demonstrating his England prowess in the 80s, clocking up another impressive 11 tries in just 12 outings. A modest man once referring to himself as "...bloody brilliant" - never undersold as only one of a chosen few to represent England at every level from U16 to full international. Nowadays hooking plays more of role - on the golf course that is! Tricky spends his time writing and after dinner speaking with a light-hearted look at the world of sport and its characters; widely regarded as one of the best sporting speakers in the UK.
  John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
  Steve Borthwick
• Played 16 years as a professional player in England
• Represented England from 2000 to 2010 Won 57 caps for England and captained the team on 21 occasions, being ranked as the 5th highest number of appearances as England captain
• Played 10 seasons for Bath Rugby, laying 246 games for the club and being Club Captain for 3 seasons, leading Bath to win European Challenge Cup in 2008
• Then played 6 seasons for Saracens, playing 145 games and being Club Captain for all 6 seasons, leading Saracens to win the Aviva Premiership in 2011
• Most number of appearances, and most number of minutes played, of any player in English Premiership Rugby – 265 games
• Captained 140 Premiership Rugby games, being 2nd on the all-time list
• Throughout professional rugby career, studied to earn an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics and a Masters degree in Managements.
• Currently Assistant Coach to the Japan National Rugby Team
  Joe Roff
Joe Rof Legend status doesn't come easily but when your countrymen use your name as a warm tasty beverage the 'Joe Roffie' you order from a café shows the warmth and respect for the man.
Joe played a highly impressive 86 times for the Wallabies scoring 30 tries in a career that included three Rugby World Cups, on the winning side in 1999. This special time continued during the Lions Tour in 2001 with his memorable intercept in the Second Test in Melbourne seeing the Wallabies draw level in the series and winning the final game in Sydney. While playing at club level for the Brumbies lead to successive Tri-Nation trophies, in 2000 & 2001, which capped off this prolific period. After international duties were over he left for France at Biarritz and later to Japan for Kubota Spears. However, he could not resist the urge to go to Blighty gaining a degree at Oxford and even playing in a couple of Varsity games to wrap up his playing days.
  Andrew Mehrtens
Andrew Mehrtens Andrew's rugby playing career is a statisticians dream, 3,178 points in 281 first class games split between 108 games for Canterbury with three NZ National Championships, 87 games for the Crusaders with five Super Rugby titles and 70 test matches for the All Blacks knocking up 967 points as the second highest points scorer means he will go down as one of New Zealand's greatest fly halves. The prolific scoring record goes on as he is the fastest player in the world to reach 100; 200; 600; 700; 800 and 900 points in Test matches; a ten year span from 1995-2004, including two Rugby World Cup performances . After his international playing days, he decided to go north with a couple of years at Harlequins followed by spells at Toulon, Racing Metro and Beziers. Such a 'study' of French sides may have been as a result of his observation after the All Blacks lost to France in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: "The French are predictably unpredictable." The world of coaching now occupies his time as the Waratahs kicking coach: "If I can do anything to help anyone enjoy similar experiences and a similar enjoyment to what I had in rugby then great."
bentos John Bentley - Master of Ceremonies
John Bentley or “Bentos” to his mates. Originally a Union player, he made his England debut against Ireland in 1988 aged 21 and played on the summer tour against Australia.After training as a policeman he then turned his back on Union which was then an amateur-only game, and played professional rugby league. He played for Great Britain at league and signed for Leeds, before moving on to Halifax, as well as enjoying a short spell in Australia with Balmain Tigers. When Rugby Union turned professional, he signed for Union side Newcastle Falcons in 1996, helping the side to their first and so far only Premiership title. He was then selected for the 1997 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, where he played in the second Test, playing opposite James Small.After the tour he played twice more for England at Rugby Union before switching back to League with Huddersfield Giants.


Al Kellock

Al Kellock (Scotland)

A tall, rangy lock, Kellock made his Scotland debut in a non-cap match against Queensland in 2004 but was made to wait until the Wallabies' visit to Murrayfield later that year for a maiden Test cap. The following year he made the switch from Edinburgh to Glasgow, where he was appointed Warriors captain. In 2009 he assumed the Scotland captaincy in a famous win over Australia following an injury to Chris Cusiter and also took the leadership duties on their victorious tour of Argentina in June 2010. He missed the November internationals that year but returned as captain for Scotland's Six Nations campaign in 2011. He was hampered by a serious knee injury in the wake of that tour but was named Scotland skipper for the Six Nations on his return to action. Kellock had previously represented Scotland at Under-19 and Under-21 level and was also a member of the Scotland 'A' squad that won the IRB Nations Cup in 2009. And Kellock continuted his comeback for Glasgow before being given the final two months of the season off to rest by Scotland boss Andy Robinson. Kellock will captain the national side into the 2011 World Cup.
Nathan Sharpe

Nathan Sharpe (Australia)

Lock forward is a tough position in which to excel, but Sharpe has been one of the most consistently excellent players of his generation.
After making his international bow against France in 2002, he zoomed past the 50-cap mark during 2006 with a remarkable sequence of Test appearances: when he was rested for the Test against Fiji in Perth in June 2007 it ended a run of 28 consecutive matches for the Wallabies since 2005. He earned his 100th Test cap against Wales at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and is currently the fourth most-capped Australian international of all-time alongside David Campese and behind George Gregan, George Smith and Stephen Larkham.

He represented Australia in rugby at U19 and U21 level in 1996-97 and went on to represent the Australia's U21 team for two more years, captaining the side in 1999. He made his Super 12 debut for Queensland Reds in 1998, playing alongside Eales, and he was later named Rookie of the Year as well as the winner of the Australian Rugby Union Players' Association's Medal for Excellence - voted for by his peers.
In 2006, Sharpe played every minute of all 13 Wallaby Tests at lock and was captain of the Western Force in its inaugural Super 14 season having spent eight years with the Reds. He went on to surpass George Gregan's all-time Super Rugby appearance record during the 2011 season.
He only started two games during the World Cup as Australia claimed third place but that was enough for him to join the 100 Test cap club. Later that year, he claimed the Australian Rugby Union Players' Association's 'Medal of Excellence' for the third time - joining Gregan as a three-time winner of the honour.
Tom Shanklin

Tom Shanklin (Wales)

Shanklin made his Wales debut against Japan in 2001, while playing his club rugby with Saracens. He became a dependable presence in the Wales midfield, with an excellent scoring record at both international and domestic level. He was by this point an established international, having made his Six Nations debut against France in 2002. He was selected by Steve Hansen for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, playing in Pool games against Tonga and New Zealand, notching a try in the latter. Shanklin's excellent form during the tournament led to his selection for the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, although a career threatening knee injury would end his tour before the Test matches. The injury would wipe out his 2005-06 season, with question marks remaining over whether a return to playing would be possible. Selection for the Rugby World Cup squad was assured with some fine end-of-season displays for the Blues, but poor Welsh performances at the finals saw Shanklin again exiting a World Cup early. He was also a key member of Wales squad that went close to securing back-to-back Championships the following year - only to be pipped by Ireland. His form was rewarded with a place in the British & Irish Lions squad for that year's tour to South Africa but a shoulder injury suffered on Magners League duty with the Blues ended his tour before it had begun.

John Bentley

John Bentley, former England and Lions wing is the official RugbyFest Ambassador and a keen participant in the more social aspects of the RugbyFest event.

Originally a Union player, he made his England debut against Ireland in 1988 aged 21 and played on the summer tour against Australia.

After training as a policeman he switched codes from Rugby Union, which was then an amateur-only game, to Rugby League, where he became a professional. He played for Great Britain at league and signed for Leeds, before moving on to Halifax, as well as enjoying a short spell in Australia with Balmain Tigers.

When Rugby Union turned professional, he signed for Union side Newcastle Falcons in 1996, helping the side to their first and so far only premiership title. He was then selected for the 1997 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

Bentos, as he is affectionately known, MC’s the Evening with Kowloon and between anecdotes and beer quaffing manages to keep the event ticking along.
Wendell Sailor

Wendell Sailor

Wendell Jermaine Sailor (born 16 July 1974 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian former professional rugby football player who represented his country in both rugby league and rugby union – a dual code international. He is an indigenous Australian Torres Strait Islander. Sailor's large frame and bullocking style changed the way wingers played rugby league in the late nineties. His big-money move from the Brisbane Broncos to the Queensland Reds in 2001 created many headlines, as did his move at the end of the 2005 Super 12 season to the New South Wales Waratahs. He has often attracted public attention during his career, none more so than in 2006 after the return of a positive drug test following the Waratahs v Brumbies match at Aussie Stadium on 16 April 2006. This put an end to his rugby union career as he received a two-year suspension from all forms of rugby. He successfully returned to rugby league in May 2008 with NRL club St George Illawarra Dragonsonce his ban expired, playing an additional two seasons under his old coach at Brisbane, Wayne Bennett, before retiring.
Neil de Kock

Neil de Kock

The South African-born scrumhalf Neil De Kock has been a superb acquisition for Saracens, offering experience and fighting spirit to the team. He captained the team to the semifinals of the Heineken Cup and is regarded as one of the best overseas signings Sarries has made. He gained invaluable experience with Western Province, the Stormers and the Springboks while playing in his native land, and hasn't missed a beat since joining Sarries. Such was his impact in his first year that he was the players’ choice to lead the side as captain for the 2007/08 season. He was a regular with the South African province and also with the Super 14 side The Stormers and is widely regarded as one of the most talented scrum halves in South Africa where his passing, kicking game and all round awareness saw him win 10 caps for the Springboks after making his debut in 2001 against Italy. He was also part of the country’s 2003 World Cup squad.
Charlie Hodgson

Charlie Hodgson

Charlie - a fly-half with a distinguished career of winning 38 England caps and British & Irish Lions experience. No stranger to success at club level winning three Aviva Premiership titles; once with Sale and twice at Saracens including a magnificent European double in 2016. Lauded by his peers: "The word 'çlass' sums him up," says Mark McCall, "and he still looks class. He's probably the best passer of the ball I've ever seen. He's one of the greats of Premiership rugby....." Charlie still leads the Premiership points tally by a country mile with a staggering 2,623 points in the bank. Charlie is now working with Sarries Recruitment and Talent Identification programme; his record should be safe for a while yet.