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  1. England turn on the style

    Posted Dec 06th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Dressed to dazzle, England took the first step towards fulfilling skipper Ben Gollings' wish when they defeated Samoa 29-21 to win the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens. Having discarded their traditional white strip, England - in jazzy orange shirts an ...

  2. Millions lost on hosting Bledisloe

    Posted Nov 01st 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union lost millions of dollars in staging the DHL Bledisloe Cup encounter on Saturday because fans stayed away, said chairman Trevor Gregory. 'I can't go into exact details, but yes, we made a loss from this fantasti ...

  3. Experience key weapon in All Blacks' armoury

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... If he was not the world's best fullback, Mils Muliaina probably would have become a used car salesman, as he certainly knows how to pitch a line. Listening to him, it is hard not to be convinced it is impossible to replace experience. The All Blacks ...

  4. Alvin Sallay

    Posted Sep 05th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Richie McCaw was quite blunt and did not try to cushion the blow. Asked if there was the possibility the Bledisloe Cup would one day be played in Singapore, the All Blacks captain said it was unlikely. 'When I was there once, it was really hot and I ...

  5. Alvin Sallay

    Posted Jun 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Once upon a time, well, actually 12 years ago, China was heralded as the next best thing to a pint of Guinness by the Dublin-based International Rugby Board, which was upbeat at the world's most-populated country joining the global rugby family. Today, as rugby stands on the brink of being welcomed back to the Olympic fold, the IRB's dream that China would soon ...

  6. Sevens silverware in Hong Kong's grasp

    Posted Mar 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Dubai The Azan - the Muslim morning call to prayer - was ringing in the dawn air as Hong Kong walked out of the arrival hall yesterday to the bus waiting to take them to the hotel where all 24 men's teams and 16 women's teams have gathered for the 2009 World Cup Sevens. But none of the others would have been accompanied by a precious cargo like the Hong ...

  7. Gutsy HK robbed of Marist trophy

    Posted Feb 08th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay A last-gasp try prevented Hong Kong from lifting the silverware in the International competition at the Marist Sevens in Wellington yesterday, but coach Rodney McIntosh was still delighted at the 'gutsy' performance and declared the World Cup build-up an unqualified success. Tries from Rowan Varty, Ant Haynes and Keith Robertson, plus two conversions from ...

  8. Injuries could cost Cheuk and Alexander their World Cup spots

    Posted Jan 31st 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Injured duo Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin and Tim Alexander have been ruled out of the 15-strong Hong Kong sevens squad who leave today for Wellington for the next phase of the build-up for the World Cup in Dubai in March. Their absence will make it hard for them to press their claims for a place in the 12-man squad for the World Cup. The squad will be announced soon ...

  9. Eyes of the world on Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hotly anticipated Bledisloe Cup clash crucial to development of game in Asia More than 100 years of tradition will end today when the Wallabies and All Blacks clash in the ANZ Hong Kong 2008 Bledisloe Cup at Hong Kong Stadium. It is a watershed on more than one count. For the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, it is a momentous and daring step to unveil a second ...

  10. Alvin Sallay

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay The beef raised on the Pampas grasslands tasted delicious and melted in the mouth. Huge barbecued slabs, taken off the spit, were carved and placed between buttered baguettes for the ravenous pack. Ricardo Forrester, the consul-general for Argentina, looked around the crowded terrace in Wan Chai with an air of satisfaction. His only discontent? His country has still ...




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