Superman flying in for the Siam Cup

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Jersey-born actor Henry Cavill, who starred as the caped-crusader Superman in the film Man of Steel, will be a VIP guest at the Rugby Club on 2 May.

  • Henry was born in Jersey on 5 May 1983.
  • In December 2013 he was voted as the worlds’ sexiest man by Glamour magazine readers.
  • He was once dubbed the ‘unluckiest man in Hollywood’ by Empire magazine after missing our in several roles, including Batman and James Bond.
  • He is a member of the Jersey Rugby Club.
  • On becoming an ambassador for Durrell, he said he wanted to raise awareness of the wildlife park as well as the importance of conservation

Mr Cavill will be at St Peter in his role as an ambassador for Durrell, which is holding a fundraising day to coincide with the Siam Cup.

The Hollywood star, who will appear as Superman again alongside Ben Affleck in the 2016 film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, was appointed as Durrell’s first ambassador last August and will be involved in a charity auction on the day.

‘Being a Rugby fan and someone who is keen on protecting wildlife what better place to be than at the Siam Cup with Durrell,’ the former St Michael’s student said.

‘It sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic event.

‘You’ll find me about the grounds throughout the day, hopefully with a pint in hand.’

The first official trailer showing Henry in his latest movie role, in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E was recently released.

In it he takes on the lead role as Napoleon Solo, who has to join forces with a former foe, in the film adaptation of the 1960s television series.

Dr Lee Durrell, honorary director of Durrell, said she was ‘overjoyed’ that Mr Cavill was returning to the Island to help support the charity.

Jersey have enjoyed seven successive victories over their Sarnian rivals in the competition since 2008.

Club chairman Bill Dempsey said Mr Cavill’s return was a great opportunity to raise money for the charity.

‘We’re anticipating a big crowd, a fantastic atmosphere and the chance to raise some serious funds for the Durrell, a cause that is very close to his heart,’ he said.

Tickets for the Ipes Siam Cup are £10 for adults and are available from Jersey RFC or via the JT Rewards website.

Tickets for JRFC members cost £5, while under 18s will be admitted free.

In August last year Jersey’s Man of Steel became a Durrell ambassador, in a bid to raise awareness of the wildlife park and the importance.

On a visit to the Island, he swapped his Superman cape for a Durrell t-shirt as he took a tour of the park.

Speaking to the JEP at the time, he said: ‘I’m here to raise awareness of the Durrell conservation effort worldwide. This is a place that is very close to my heart – I used to come here as a boy, and now that I can help to raise people’s awareness of Durrell, I thought I would make the effort.’

Reflecting on childhood visits to the attraction, he said: ‘I used to come here so often. I remember playing here with my brother. Being around the gorilla enclosure is a particular memory.

Lee Durrell, the park’s honorary director and wife of the late Gerald Durrell, said: ‘To use the words ”ambassador” and ”Henry Cavill” in one sentence is brilliant. I hope with his being spokesman it will bring the name of Durrell and our mission to the attention of people all round the world.’

  • In June 2013 Hollywood came to Jersey to celebrate Jersey’s Henry Cavill becoming Superman.
  • Ahead of the Jersey premiere of Man of Steel at Cineworld, Henry took to the red carpet for the movie’s Jersey première, bringing with him fellow stars Russell Crowe and Amy Adams.
  • Thousands gathered outside the cinema for the event, during which the trio chatted to fans and posed for pictures.

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