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  1. Sport - Rugby

    Michael O’Connor quits as Australia sevens coach

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 10:14am by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Switch to full-time role put too much strain on family life The coach of Australia’s rugby sevens team quit Tuesday ahead of the Commonwealth Games this year ... in Queensland. “With the sevens programme recently moving to a full-time base in Sydney, and with the international travel to tournaments, it simply meant too much time away from home,” he said. Despite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1434718/michael-oconnor-quits-australia-sevens-coach
  2. News - Hong Kong

    Tourist who drove off in taxi gets suspended term

    Posted Apr 06th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hyman@scmp.com Tourist who drove off in taxi gets suspended term A South African tourist who pulled a driver out of a taxi he had hired during the Rugby Sevens and drove ... annual rugby event, earlier pleaded guilty in Eastern Court to taking a conveyance without authority, driving a vehicle with excess alcohol in his breath and using a vehicle without third-party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1208013/tourist-who-drove-taxi-gets-suspended-term
  3. Sport - Rugby

    Cook Islands’ amateurs battle the odds

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 09:42pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Cook Islands know time is of the essence as they try to tighten up They get only their gym membership covered by playing rugby for the country and it will be a race against time to gel as a team, yet the Cook Islands believe they can qualify for the Sevens World Series, said New Zealand-based coach Chad Tuoro. "We have players with the rugby ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1457176/cook-islands-amateurs-battle-odds
  4. Sport - Rugby

    Sevens dream comes true for Hong Kong kids Raef Morrison and Max Woodward

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:22pm by James Porteous

    ... I can't think of anything better to do in my gap year than play rugby full time. "[Playing at the Sevens] is something I've always dreamed of- I've been going since I was two, so ... Boys Rugby Sevens Championship in July. He felt he was just filling in when called up to the senior team for the first leg of the Asian Sevens Series the following month, with the regulars ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1458564/sevens-dream-comes-true-hong-kong-kids-raef-morrison-and-max
  5. Sport - Rugby

    ‘Magnificent’ New Zealand cement status as Olympic favourites

    Posted May 12th 2014, 09:56am

    ... Reuters and Agence France-Presse in London Kiwis put icing on World Series cake with spectacular London Sevens final comeback New Zealand rugby chief Steve Tew has hailed the achievement ... for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, where rugby sevens will make its Games’ debut. The All Blacks had already been crowned overall champions after qualifying from their pool at Twickenham on Saturday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1510405/magnificent-new-zealand-cement-status-olympic-favourites
  6. News - Hong Kong - IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    Rugby matches compete with fans' antics

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... that is also supposed to be where all the action takes place this weekend at the Sevens. But it's the antics of fans in fancy dress that can sometimes divert your attention from the exciting play. ... with an empty beer jug. And herein lies the problem. The purists will say that the only thing that matters is what goes on out on the pitch where rugby legends like Jonah Lomu, Christian Cullen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1198303/rugby-matches-compete-fans-antics
  7. Sport - Other Sport

    New Zealand favourites to take Hong Kong Sevens

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:01pm

    ... Agence France-Presse World Series leaders New Zealand are favourites to win the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend but in a season which has proved unpredictable there’s plenty of room for an upset. Each of the previous five rounds of the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Sevens Series has been won by a different team, leaving the field wide open for Hong Kong – the most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1196170/new-zealand-favourites-take-hong-kong-sevens
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Feeding off the All Blacks’ aura

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 09:01pm by Mathew Scott

    ... Mathew Scott The country benefits greatly, in sporting and economic terms, from the rugby team’s success Feeding off the All Blacks' aura If you're among those harbouring the fantasy that the rest of the world might be catching up with the smooth symmetry that surrounds the All Black machine, think again. On and off the pitch rugby, New Zealand-style, has never been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1461123/feeding-all-blacks-aura

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