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  1. Hong Kong fans ecstatic but Kiwis are already calling it a 'travelling circus'

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay While Hong Kong fans were reacting with joy at the mouthwatering prospect of watching test-rugby, fans in rugby-mad New Zealand were united in giving the thumbs down ... fixture will be delightfully irrelevant- the Bledisloe will be over three months before this game is even played.' Hong Kong rugby fan Nigel Clarke, however, was delighted at the opportunity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/628567/hong-kong-fans-ecstatic-kiwis-are-already-calling-it-travelling-circus
  2. Eyes of the world on Hong Kong

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

    ... 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 ... Cup to Hong Kong had been the correct decision by the unions of Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. 'We have got two of the best teams in the world who will hopefully provide us ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658522/eyes-world-hong-kong
  3. The rules may change but the game doesn't, shrugs Deans as Hong Kong clash brings new set of parameters

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

    ... hemisphere, 23 were presented to the International Rugby Board who rejected seven including the legalising of handling in the ruck. However, the historic ANZ 2008 Hong Kong Bledisloe Cup encounter ... consequences that are different and they too are minimal,' said Deans, who will appear with the Wallabies at Hong Kong Stadium for the final clash this season against the All Blacks. Speaking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/654319/rules-may-change-game-doesnt-shrugs-deans-hong-kong-clash-brings-new-set-parameters
  4. Mitchell continues fine family tradition of scoring in HK

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney There must be something in the water in Hong Kong that brings out the best in Drew Mitchell's family. Both of Mitchell's brothers, Zane and Bronsen, have played on tours to Hong Kong for the Australian army in recent years, with both getting on the scoresheet here. It was only natural, then, that Drew should continue the family tradition by doing the same ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658655/mitchell-continues-fine-family-tradition-scoring-hk
  5. All-rounder Barnes a superstar in the making

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

    ... the Brisbane Broncos as an 18-year-old and played nine first-grade matches in his only season in the National Rugby League in 2004/05. 'I was offered a contract by [rugby league coach] Wayne Bennett and I had no hesitation in joining,' says Barnes, whose father was a driver for a coal-mining company. A year later he made the seamless switch to rugby union, joining the Queensland ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658509/all-rounder-barnes-superstar-making
  6. Pannell powers Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 09th 2008, 12:00am by Rebecca Tsui

    ... Rebecca Tsui Local rugby union squad played their first match against Tunisia in difficult conditions and came away with a hard-fought victory The Hong Kong 15s rugby union team defeated ... games are important for our preparations,' said Hong Kong coach John Walters. It was the local team's first rugby test against Tunisia and the hot, humid conditions made it tough ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/633068/pannell-powers-hong-kong
  7. Gulf warn Hong Kong to be wary of Kazakhstan

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

    ... after Hong Kong had beaten the Arabian Gulf in the opening encounter in the HSBC Asian Five Nations 20-12. Hong Kong returned home last night fully satisfied at having secured the five points ... by Leung and Rowan Varty, sealed the win. 'For a bunch of guys who train irregularly, we did well,' said Gulf captain Diarmuid O'Malley, pleased that his team had given Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/635577/gulf-warn-hong-kong-be-wary-kazakhstan
  8. Two big wins for Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 14th 2008, 12:00am by Rebecca Tsui

    ... Rebecca Tsui Squad use new game plan to score convincing victories over Chinese Taipei The Hong Kong XVs rugby squad played beautifully to defeat Chinese Taipei in two home matches last week. Hong Kong XVs head coach John Walters said the team was the strongest side available. The 22-member squad was carefully selected. In the first Test, Hong Kong defeated Chinese Taipei ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/622921/two-big-wins-hong-kong
  9. Five Nations elite status key to World Cup hopes

    Posted May 26th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hong Kong will need to remain in the elite division of the HSBC Asian Five Nations in 2010 if they want two bites at the cherry- winning a berth at the 2011 World Cup- ... on Saturday- disclosed that the International Rugby Board (IRB) had changed its qualifying process for the next World Cup, giving lesser-ranked countries like Hong Kong a better chance of making ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/639087/five-nations-elite-status-key-world-cup-hopes
  10. Defence the key to World Cup hopes

    Posted Sep 24th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... squad on Thursday. It will be a tough selection as there has been a lot of good individual play,' said Ivan Torpey, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance. The 16-strong ... Alvin Sallay Defence will be the key to success at next month's Rugby World Cup Sevens Asian qualifiers, according to Andrew Chambers, who led the Hong Kong squad on an unbeaten run ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/653744/defence-key-world-cup-hopes

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