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  1. China targets Olympic sevens

    Posted Mar 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... captain Johnny Zhang Zhiqiang. Zhang (pictured), who will coach the mainland team at next weekend's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, said the Chinese Rugby Union and central government had placed a priority on rugby sevens. The other top goal was establishing a core team in the HSBC Sevens World Series. 'The realistic goal for China is to focus on developing sevens ...

  2. China eyes own sevens spectacle, but not now

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... face in local rugby circles and the highest points-scorer of all time at the Hong Kong Sevens, says it would be rash to host a similar event now. 'We can do it, but we would need to lower ... on the mainland have no idea about rugby and there is also nothing on TV.' China booked their berth at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from March 23-25 by finishing third in the HSBC Asian ...

  3. For China, Olympics now a full-time affair

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by Andrew Mullen

    ... inclusion of rugby sevens in the Olympic Games programme. Howver, China's 24-5 defeat by Kenya in the semi-finals of the Shield highlighted the gulf that still needs to be bridged for China to be even considered an outside hope for a medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, despite the earlier, 35-26 win over Hong Kong. But with the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Olympics, all 22 provinces ...

  4. Big brother's big boost

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Rugby is new in China. The country only joined the International Rugby Board in 1997. China made their debut at the Hong Kong Sevens as recently as 1998. They are now ranked among the top six ... the bronze medal at the Asian Games. Winning an Asian Games medal in a team sport would have put Hong Kong rugby in the limelight and brought kudos from the local sporting community ...

  5. Overseas training pays off as India stun visitors China

    Posted Jun 04th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... in October, India have spent significant periods training overseas with the South Africa SevensBoks and more recently at the International Rugby Academy in New Zealand. It seems to have rubbed off ... game. There had been high hopes for China when they joined the International Rugby Board in 1997. But after impressing in the first few years- they even managed to defeat Hong Kong ...

  6. The long and short of it

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... It's all about sevens as rugby neophytes China, dazzled by the Olympic rings, focus mainly on 'the short game'. Yet against all odds, including government indifference, ... and the availability of players, both of which go primarily to sevens.' In March 1997, China was welcomed as the 76th member of the International Rugby Board by the late Vernon Pugh at a small ceremony ...


    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... the mainlanders sprung the shock of the tournament. China defeated Scotland, the nation that invented sevens, 19-12 in a massive turnaround that brought a huge smile to captain Johnny Zhang Zhiqiang. ... With only several weeks to prepare for the tournament, the China dragon breathed new life into their Sevens programme with a determined victory that will rank as their best-ever result. ...

  8. Sri Lanka make short work of weak China challenge

    Posted Apr 30th 2006, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Colombo Home side's victory sends out Rugby World Cup warning to Hong Kong Sri Lanka sent out a strong warning to Hong Kong that they will be a force to be reckoned with after they hammered China 30-0 in a 2007 Rugby World Cup Asian Zone qualifying match at Longden Place yesterday. A powerful performance from Sri Lanka's pack and an equally lacklustre ...

  9. Hong Kong seal place in quarter-finals

    Posted Apr 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Kin-wa The Hong Kong men's team advanced to the quarter-finals after they finished first in their group at the world championships in Bremen, Germany, yesterday. Playing their final match in group D, the SAR team, who needed the best possible re ...

  10. News - China - CENSORSHIP

    Seven subjects off limits for teaching, Chinese universities told

    Posted May 10th 2013, 01:20pm by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Civil rights, press freedom and party's mistakes among subjects banned from teaching in order described by an academic as back-pedalling Seven topics off limits, university staff told Mainland universities have been ordered to steer clear of seven topics in their teaching, including universal values, press freedom and civil rights, two ...




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