This is just what the doctor ordered

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am

The Bledisloe is the best medicine for families. So said former head of intensive care at Prince of Wales Hospital during Sars, and now head chief of service, intensive care, at Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr Tom Buckley.

The assistant coach of DeA Tigers Colts, who was with his wife, Dr Rose Barnett, and his family, said: 'Today has been fantastic. Some people were predicting this would be a serious day. Others said it would be a fun day. I think it's seriously good fun. It will go down with the rugby games that you never forget,' said Dr Buckley. 'It is good for Hong Kong people to see a game of XV's rugby played to a standard that we don't normally see here.

'I remember one great game back in New Zealand. My youngest son had jetlag and fell asleep in his seat. He's since woken up and enjoyed rugby in every sense of the word, and is now playing for Hong Kong under-18s.

'I played amateur rugby up until I got my nose ripped off in Hong Kong a few years back. On the MTR on the way to Prince of Wales Hospital to get it sewn up, I realised I was 36 not 24. These days, I leave it to the experts, and the minis, including my two sons, 18 and 16, and daughter, 13.

'Rugby is great for family dynamics, as well as self-motivating kids to improve their fitness.

'Many conversations around our dinner table extend to rugby. The Bledisloe in Hong Kong has given us something to talk about for years.'