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  1. Gold hopes weigh on rugby squad

    Posted Nov 21st 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay History beckons Mark Wright and the men's rugby squad who begin their campaign for a first gold medal in team sports for Hong Kong at an Asian Games today. Expectations ... also have not lost to any other team in Asia in the past year or more. All this has put pressure on the shoulders of skipper Wright and his team and how they cope with that strain could decide ...

  2. Rugby team confident they can deliver historic victory

    Posted Nov 07th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... played in, for it is a potential turning point for rugby in Hong Kong.' A gold medal victory by the men's rugby sevens team would be a momentous occasion - the first time a team sport ... rugby gets a second, and bigger, chance when the sevens competition takes place from November 21-23. Apart from Japan, the other major threats will come from South Korea and China. But Rees ...

  3. HKRFU chairman says sevens focus may put China's 15s game at risk

    Posted Jun 08th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... will be playing with the smallest fish next year. 'This is very serious,' said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory. 'If they are more interested in sevens than 15s, it is a huge concern. I hope this is not the case.' Officials from the Chinese Rugby Union were not available for comment. China was not even represented at the Asian Rugby Football Union ...

  4. Home side could prove Asian Games 'surprise package'

    Posted Mar 28th 2010, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... watched Hong Kong defeat the world champions and he was convinced the Bauhinia flag could fly high when Asia rolls out the big guns at the Games. Korea, the two-time Asian Games champions, won gold when rugby was first contested as a medal sport at the Asiad in Bangkok in 1998, defended their title in Pusan in 2002, but were unable to match arch-rivals Japan four years ago in Doha, ...

  5. New HKRFU director aims to win local elite over to rugby

    Posted Mar 14th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... will be rolling up his sleeves and getting down to work at this month's tournament. The new executive director of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) will be entertaining a dozen or more ... the profile of rugby among these VIPs, some of whom may consider the sport as nothing more than a yearly bit of fun whose ultimate result is Causeway Bay and Wan Chai full of drunk fans. 'I have ...

  6. Where one-liners zing as fast as the rugby ball

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... comment that 'New Zealand won't win today as Kiwis don't have enough fingers to count to 11' proved to be prescient. Rugby nicknames were bandied about by MC Justin Sampson ... as 'he looks like one' and former Wallabies coach Rod McQueen was called Mailman, 'because he always delivers'. Ex-Wallaby Dan Crowley was at a lunch for Leighton Asia Limited ...

  7. Last-ditch move for live rugby kicked into touch

    Posted Nov 14th 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... head of marketing, said. 'Having brought rugby union to the Asia-Pacific region free of charge for the last four years, Australia Network is obviously extremely disappointed in the outcome ... John Carney A last-ditch bid by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union to put live rugby on city television screens failed after the Australia Network could not get the advertising it needed. ...

  8. Rugby fans look to the Net after TV blackout on autumn tests

    Posted Nov 06th 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... illegally in bars and pubs around Asia. 'There will be no more international rugby union shown on Australia Network this year and we don't have any broadcasting rights for rugby union ... John Carney Rugby union fans hoping to watch the international autumn tests over the next few weeks better have a good internet feed, as none of them will be shown on Now-TV or Cable TV. ...

  9. Dark days for rugby fans as TV stations get ready to pull the plug

    Posted May 09th 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... pressured into bringing in an encrypted system that prevents it being picked up illegally in Asia. The end result of all this is that Hong Kong rugby union supporters may no longer be able to watch ... at the development stage. 'If Setanta do get a channel up and running in Asia, fans will have to pay for yet another sports package,' Hong Kong Rugby Football Union spokesman, Robbie McRobbie. ...

  10. A treat for fans but there's no scrum for tickets

    Posted Oct 25th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... the chance to turn up,' said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory, who was surprised at the poor turnout. 'What can we do, we can only put the water there, getting ... the first to line up for a signature from the All Blacks flyhalf. 'This is a great idea,' said Justin McLaughlin, who brought along his daughter Asia, 6, and son Louis, 2, 'I'm ...




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