Sevens euphoria may lure Union boss back for more
By NAZVI CAREEM
STUART Leckie may seek another two-year term as chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.
Leckie, 49, said earlier this year that he would not stand for re-election at the Union's annual general meeting in June.
But after last week's highly successful Sevens at the Hong Kong Stadium, Leckie confided in a colleague that he may reconsider.
Leckie is currently holidaying in the United States and will return to the territory next week.
But a Union official said: ''He was asked straight after the Sevens whether he will step down and he said that he will think about it during his holidays.'' Leckie, who holds a senior actuarial position at The Wyatt Company, is finding it increasingly difficult to combine work and his rugby duties.
He is in the office at 7.15 am and rugby duties often keep him busy until late into the evening.
Hong Kong Football Club's Leckie beat Valley's Lionel Mee for the chairman's post in 1992 to succeed policeman Don Watson.
Nominations for several posts in the Union's executive committee are still open and it is believed that current fixtures director Jamie Scott is considering vying for the chairman's position.
That would mean giving up his current position, which still has a year to run.
Secretary Peter Else and grounds director Grahame Low are half-way through their terms.
One director who will not seek another term is John Fraser, the Union's director of development.
British Forces man Fraser's job with London's Ministry of Defence is taking him back to Britain in mid-June after four years in the territory.
He said: ''The position I have here finishes and I have no option but to go back, even though I would love to stay. But I knew this when I took up the development position two years ago.'' Fraser feels the past two years has produced a regulation in the standard of rugby at the base level in that a higher number of youngsters are achieving a good skill-level.
''There has also been a rise in the standards at the top level, although, admittedly, that has been more circumstantial.'' Hong Kong rugby's development section have also revived the education trust which will provide an education scholarship to a local Chinese who would otherwise not have the opportunity.
Other positions up for re-election are finance director, held by Dave Bruce, David Crosbie's laws and amateurism and Larry Abel's youth rugby.
It is believed that Crosbie may not stand for re-election.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong are still hoping to organise a trip to New Zealand in the summer in their build-up for October's Asian Rugby Football Tournament.
All the New Zealand provinces have been alerted to the fact that Hong Kong are willing to tour, but no matches have yet been confirmed.