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  1. Sport - Other Sport

    Washout for big names in HSBC Sevens World Series

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... for the second successive tournament in the HSBC Sevens World Series. At the opening leg Down Under in October, England ended in the Bowl final, losing to Spain. Things got worse at their happy hunting ... Brown, who had flown to Dubai from Leeds to take in a bit of sun and rugby. He got neither on a wet opening day. The increasing competitiveness of the series was underlined by sides such as South ...

  2. Tokyo tournament tipped to join world series

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Tokyo is favourite to host one of two new legs in an expanded HSBC Sevens World Series. The city could come on board either next year or in 2013. International Rugby Board chief executive Mike Miller said there was every likelihood of the annual series increasing from eight to 10 tournaments next year, and that one of these stops would be in Asia. 'We ...

  3. Sport - Hong Kong - Rugby

    Canada won't take Hong Kong lightly at Sevens, says coach

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Coach says his side will prepare as if the home side were a top-level team Canada won't take HK lightly at Sevens Canada will not take Hong Kong and their "40,000 supporters" lightly, said head coach Geraint John, who added the hosts of this week's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens were unlucky not to be part of the IRB World Series ...

  4. Sport - Hong Kong - Rugby

    Jewel in crown helps propel massive growth

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... had never been attached to a Hong Kong team until last year, when the sevens squad won the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, pipping Japan to the prized spot. Today, the Rowan Varty-led squad are eyeing a berth as a core team in the IRB World Series. "We have come a long way on the playing field. Yes, at 15s we are still a long way behind Japan but we have showed that at sevens we ...

  5. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Wales brim with confidence ahead of title decider

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 11:57am by Reuters in London

    ... and also a World Cup semi-final. “In the autumn we were battered by injuries, we were absolutely annihilated by injury in the games and even before that series started. “We now have our best team ...

  6. Sizzling Samoa out for Series hat-trick

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Even the laidback Samoans seem to be surprised with their consistency which has earned them back-to-back World Series victories and the prospect of an unprecedented hat-trick ... Kong, it will not only mean more points [30] and a cash bonus [US$100,000], but it will also give us the lead in the IRB Sevens for the first time since the series began 11 years ago. That would ...

  7. Underdogs have their day as big guns implode

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

    ... Isaacs toeing the ball across the line and scoring the match-winning try. With a delicious sense of irony, the DJ played the Tom Jones classic Delilah. The 30,000-strong crowd sang along ... Now we have to go and smash everyone in Hong Kong and win the world series, which England have never done before.' The shocks continued with Argentina's defence proving too much ...

  8. Sport - Hong Kong - RUGBY UNION

    Hong Kong 'let down' by IRB's Women's Sevens snub

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com The world body has disappointed Hong Kong officials by ignoring a request for the city to host a leg of the first Women's Sevens World Series HK ... World Series despite being a pioneering force behind the development of the women's game, says rugby union chairman Trevor Gregory. The IRB announced the first ever series for women ...

  9. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    All Blacks go to Cardiff knowing Wales will up game

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... since the World Cup that this would be the the game they would be targeting in this series," Hansen said. "So any recent performances or results won't have any bearing ...

  10. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Barritt insists All Blacks can be beaten

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 09:59am by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London England centre Brad Barritt insisted his side can do what no side has done in more than a year and defeat New Zealand when they meet the world champions at Twickenham on Saturday. The All Blacks, who have not lost a European autumn series international in a decade, arrive at ‘headquarters’ on a 20-match unbeaten run dating back to August last year. ...




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