2 minutes with ... Rambo Leung Yung-kit

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 12:00am


Hong Kong's first Chinese rugby player to make the top grade has returned to the limelight as player/coach of newly 0promoted Cross Try Causeway Bay in the First Division. The 32-year-old tasted his first success by leading his team to a Bowl victory in the recent Securicor Union Sevens tournament at King's Park.

You're been around the local scene for a long time. You must be happy your team has finally made it to the First Division.

Yes, I am very happy because this team were first formed 16 years ago and I was one of the founding members and original players. We're a local Chinese club with 90 per cent Chinese membership. We have a few Koreans and a few Western players in our team, too. I returned to Cross Try CWB last year and began coaching as well. I am happy to be coming back and coaching and playing with this club. It's good for the development of the game here because more and more Chinese are playing the game.

You're assistant manager at the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union for the high performance elite unit. Do you have time to coach your club?

Yes and I'm going to play as well! I have been away from playing for four years and it's nice to come back and play in a team you have been involved in for years.

You had some success at the recent Securicor Sevens, winning the Bowl competition. Tell us about that?

We lost two of our pool matches and went straight into the Bowl competition. We didn't lose our pool matches by very much, so it was encouraging. Luckily we didn't come up short against Kowloon, who we beat in the Bowl final to snatch our first silverware in the top flight.

How many teams do you have at Cross Try CWB?

We have two girls' teams and four boys' teams and each team have a coach. All in all, we have around nine teams [including juniors].

What are your goals in the men's First Division?

Our goal is to finish in the middle of the table. The standard of our team is not quite up to scratch, but we are learning all the time. We hope the more experienced players will help out the younger ones. We're not thinking about winning the championship - yet.