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  1. Sport - Rugby

    Hong Kong sevens squad to sharpen up in Canada

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:50pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Gareth Baber’s men will face formidable hosts in conditions replicating World Series event Canada trip to sharpen up HK Sevens head coach Gareth Baber ... national sevens squad, will be created to mirror a Sevens World Series competition. The Canada trip will provide us with a real opportunity to play and train against one of the top eight teams ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1545786/hong-kong-sevens-squad-sharpen-canada
  2. Sport - Rugby

    Wallaby Nick Cummins released by ARU to join Japanese club

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:57pm by AFP

    ... for him and his family Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said Cummins had been granted an early release from his contract with the national body to play ... Australian rugby since we were notified of his circumstances,” ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said in a statement. “Due to his unique and extreme personal circumstances, we have reluctantly made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1546463/wallaby-nick-cummins-released-aru-join-japanese-club
  3. Sport - Rugby

    HSBC pulls sponsorship from Asian Five Nations and Asian Sevens Series

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 01:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Blow to Asia as HSBC pulls out of key events HSBC has pulled its title sponsorship from Asia's pre-eminent rugby competitions – the Asian Five Nations and Asian Sevens Series – forcing the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) to downsize the top-flight A5N division from next year.   ARFU president Trevor Gregory admits that HSBC's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1497965/hsbc-pulls-sponsorship-asian-five-nations-and-asian-sevens-series
  4. 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
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Rugby Sevens fans deserve a better deal

    Posted Dec 27th 2012, 12:00am by RAY ODLUM

    ... SCMP Editorial Rugby fans deserve better The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens risk being a victim of their own success. Last year the number of tickets for public sale was slashed from 5,000 to 4,000 amid howls of protest from ordinary rugby fans. Sevens enthusiasts were left to wonder, yet again, where the tickets were going when Hong Kong stadium holds 40,000. It is a measure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1113123/rugby-sevens-fans-deserve-better-deal
  6. Sport - Hong Kong - Rugby

    Hong Kong goes global as rugby sevens talent search hots up

    Posted Jun 15th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... as sevens talent search hots up Sixty players are being identified for the first intake of the rugby sevens programme at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, which will also undergo a global search for a team of coaches next week. With between HK$5 million and HK$8 million in government funding available annually, rugby sevens will take a massive step forward with officials from the Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1261056/hong-kong-goes-global-rugby-sevens-talent-search-hots
  7. Sport - Other Sport - Rugby

    Winning not everything as Kiwis aim to raise game at Rugby World Cup Sevens

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

    ... Alvin Sallay in Moscow alvin.sallay@scmp.com All Blacks Sevens team must defend a lot better if they are to improve on a modest record at the World Cup, warns skipper Forbes after day one ... up for a modest record at the World Cup Sevens. The All Blacks began their campaign with a 31-12 victory over Canada yesterday, leaking two tries, which by their high standards is a no-no. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1271284/winning-not-everything-kiwis-aim-raise-game-rugby-world-cup-sevens
  8. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY SEVENS

    Hosts Russia win Bowl title at Rugby World Cup Sevens

    Posted Jul 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... The small crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium finally got what they had craved for all weekend - the home team winning in style. Russia stormed to a 29-5 victory over Japan to win the Bowl title in the men's World Cup. It raised the roof at the venue of th ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1272748/hosts-russia-win-bowl-title-rugby-world-cup-sevens
  9. Sport - Rugby - SUPER 15

    Blade Thompson double lifts Hurricanes past Crusaders

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 02:11am by AFP

    ... to an upset 16-9 victory in a crucial Super Rugby derby clash in Wellington on Saturday. The unheralded lock scored the only tries in the cliffhanger match, with the Hurricanes' second win ... Thompson's second try was the game breaker, coming from turnover ball with seven minutes remaining in the match and with the Crusaders attacking strongly when trailing 9-11. The big lock was first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1542695/blade-thompson-scores-two-tries-lift-hurricanes-against-crusaders
  10. Sport - Rugby - WOMEN'S SEVENS

    Canada cruise home to take second Women’s Sevens title in a row

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 09:06pm

    ... John Carney It was one-way traffic in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens Cup final when defending champions Canada proved much too strong for France and eased to a 24-0 win. From the first minute the Canadians bossed the encounter at Hong Kong Stadium with Jennifer Kish shrugging off a few tackles before sprinting under the posts to give the Maple Leafs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1459637/canada-cruise-home-take-second-womens-sevens-title-row

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