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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong rugby sevens squad must nurture their self-belief

    Posted Sep 29th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... self-belief Here we go again. This was the thought running through the mind of Brian Stevenson as he watched Hong Kong playing Japan in the semi-finals of the rugby sevens competition at the Asian ... a cursory interest in rugby, suffice to say that Japan and Hong Kong have a healthy rivalry on the sevens pitch. They would love to beat the hell out of each other, and neither would lose any sleep ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1320083/hong-kong-rugby-sevens-squad-must-nurture-their-self-belief
  2. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Ticket prices for the Sevens may seem exorbitant but profits are ploughed straight back into the rugby community

    Posted Jul 21st 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Ticket prices for the Sevens may seem exorbitant but profits are ploughed straight back into the rugby community If you need any more assurances that the Hong Kong Sevens is a money ... time this fund - the engine room that fuels the growth of the game - has topped the HK$100 million mark. This is because the showpiece sevens tournament of the International Rugby Board ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1287082/ticket-prices-sevens-may-seem-exorbitant-profits-are-ploughed
  3. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Shanghai racing ahead of Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... volleyball and a marathon. In return, what can Hong Kong boast of? Its only world-class event is the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. The marathon might be offering more prize money next February - up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1314674/shanghai-racing-ahead-hong-kong
  4. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Sevens debut a national farce

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Both the men's and women's rugby finals in Shenyang should become case studies in how not to introduce fans to a new sport Sevens debut a national farce Sadly in rugby sevens, the referee can turn out to be the most important person on the field, as proven in the gold-medal match at the National Games on Tuesday. Hong Kong were up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1305763/sevens-debut-national-farce
  5. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong should push for a role in IRB Women's Sevens Series

    Posted Dec 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com HK has been a pioneer in promoting women's rugby; now the city must try to bag a leg of the world sevens series We should make bid for equality ... filled with ice. In Dubai, they have the option of dipping into a swimming pool at the state-of-the-art Sevens Stadium, which was purpose-built for the staging of the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1100819/hong-kong-should-push-role-irb-womens-sevens-series
  6. Sport - Other Sport - LEFT FIELD

    IRB's relegation system for sevens world series is a joke

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... rugby nations. And this should be the main criterion. The IRB has increased the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from 24 to 28 teams and the ninth and last leg of the world series in London ... is for certain after this week's announcement by the International Rugby Board- don't ask the world governing body to organise a booze-up in a brewery. After months trying to figure out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1043227/irbs-relegation-system-sevens-world-series-joke
  7. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Why next year is huge for sevens

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... will be a landmark year for sevens with the national team facing a number of challenges. Top of the list would normally be the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will be played in Moscow at the end of June. Hong ... Zealand is eyeing to win both gold medals on offer, men's and women's, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. While the Olympics is the new Holy Grail, sevens rugby needs a lot of commitment because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1110887/why-next-year-huge-sevens
  8. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Success brings its own headaches

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Ref's blunder and lack of Sevens tickets have one thing in common: It's all too easy to side with those who are losing out Success brings its own headaches Sometimes success can weigh you down. Just look at Wales last Sunday at the Hong Kong Sevens. They were leading 12-0 in the Cup final when Fijian Ilai Tinai tip-tackled Lee ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1203456/success-brings-its-own-headaches
  9. Sport - Other Sport - LEFT FIELD

    World series? Pull the other one

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com The International Rugby Board has to rethink its global sevens programme to make it fairer and more inclusive World series? Pull the other one Has ... themselves at the bottom of the standings after the penultimate leg, the Glasgow Sevens, would have an advantage because of the sorry system used by the International Rugby Board, simply because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1240788/world-series-pull-other-one
  10. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    A valuable lesson out of Africa

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

    ... of Africa There is this hunch gnawing at the back of my mind that Hong Kong coach Dai Rees opted for the long haul to Harare last weekend to take part in Zimbabwe's international rugby sevens ... knew that Rowan Varty and his men would not be geared for sevens rugby as yet- they were still in 15s mode with the season just having ended days before the team departed for Harare- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1192436/valuable-lesson-out-africa

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