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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - RUGBY SEVENS

    Loss of fly-half Keith Robertson bad for Hong Kong Rugby Club's World Cup bid

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Playmaker's decision to put playing career on hold to train as a pilot will dent team's World Cup aspirations Blow for HK as Robertson takes flight Hong Kong's World Cup qualification hopes have suffered a blow after playmaker Keith Robertson put his sporting career on hold to train as a pilot. The flyhalf, one of Hong ...

  2. Walker 'key to breaking' HK Sevens Cup famine

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... as the sentimental favourites look at ways to break a five-year Cup drought later this month. Walker is one of two new players drafted in a 13-man squad for the Hong Kong and Japan legs of the HSBC Sevens ... will be hoping Damudamu can carry England to a fifth Cup victory in Hong Kong, their 'home away from home' and boost their hopes in the series. England are in fourth place in the standings ...

  3. Extra qualifying spot boosts HK's World Cup odds

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Hong Kong's job of qualifying for the 2013 World Cup Sevens in Moscow has been made easier with the decision to award Asia three qualifying spots. ... for the Moscow World Cup. 'This is great news,' said Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees. 'I thought only two teams would qualify from Asia, but obviously with one more place available, it makes ...

  4. HK drops plans to bid for World Cup

    Posted Dec 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... making a bid for the 2013 World Cup sevens. The International Rugby Board has announced that Brazil, Germany and Russia have formally expressed their intentions to bid for the World Cups- for both men and women- in 2013. Hong Kong was expected to make a bid as the 2013 tournament will be the last World Cup before rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de ...

  5. Welsh wizards grab World Cup glory in thriller

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

    ... Alvin Sallay in Dubai The red Welsh dragon soared high last night at The Sevens. Wales defeated Argentina 19-12 in a pulsating final to lift the Melrose Cup for the first time and complete ... brought the scores level before Wales superior composure won the day. The inaugural women's World Cup - refereed by Hong Kong's Gabriel Lee Wing-yi - was won by Australia who defeated ...

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

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

    ... 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 after the week-long training camp in New Zealand followed by the Marist Sevens next weekend. 'We always intended that the camp in New Zealand was very important for World Cup ...

  7. Kenya coach treats short-form success only as a springboard to 15s World Cup

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Cup, and I hope sevens will help us achieve that.' Kenya are enjoying a good run in the IRB Sevens. A core team - one of 12 who play in all eight legs - for the second successive year, ... It will be harder in Hong Kong, but I hope we can once again make it into the Cup quarter-finals.' Captained by Humphrey Kayange, the Kenyans have made waves and are a marked improvement from last year ...

  8. Wales want to ride wave of success to Cup quarters

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... weekend. But Welsh sevens coach Gareth Baber has not set his sights too high and is only aiming to reach the Cup quarter-finals at the Hong Kong Stadium. 'Our aim is to finish in the top ... will have their work cut out trying to make it into the Cup quarter-finals as they are drawn with Fiji, Zimbabwe and South Korea in the preliminary pool D. Meanwhile, Argentina will be missing ...

  9. Dubai to host 2009 World Cup Sevens

    Posted May 07th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Dubai will host the 2009 World Cup Sevens. The International Rugby Board awarded the tournament to the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union, which will host the showpiece event- including a women's World Cup for the first time- in February 2009. 'This is a good result for Asia. I was pleasantly surprised that Dubai beat Melbourne for the hosting rights,' said ...

  10. Rugby bosses hail Sevens' new format

    Posted Mar 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... such as last night's Cup winners Fiji and runners-up New Zealand - and a 12-team qualifying event for the likes of Hong Kong and Japan. HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory said the changes had taken ...




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