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  1. Rugby union

    Posted Dec 31st 2006, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... and once again booked their berth at the World Cup. Off the field, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union were virtually accused of piracy by their counterparts in Sri Lanka for hijacking the Asian ... Alvin Sallay The future looks promising for Hong Kong, but if one were to quibble about the present, 2006 will go down as a year of 'what might have been' for local rugby which ...

  2. Full-time rugby a must for HK

    Posted Jun 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ...'s No1 team and the rest. This is not new. Even in the old days Japan ruled the roost. The Asian Rugby Football Union was formed in 1968 with Hong Kong one of eight founding members. Its purpose ... times, these ambitions remain just a dream. Under new coach Eddie Jones, Japan are playing a heady brand of rugby at a speed that has left the rest of Asia literally breathless. The real test ...

  3. Rugby Union sponsors tries at weekend games to help victims

    Posted Jan 07th 2005, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Every try scored during this weekend's league matches will have extra significance, with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union using the tries to raise funds for tsunami victims. In a novel way to again rally the rugby community after $63,000 was collected at the New Year's Day youth tournament, the football union has decided to donate $250 for every try ...

  4. Asia's elite book tickets to Sevens

    Posted Sep 13th 2004, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of Asia's top three sides. They came close, losing only 24-17 to Taiwan in the other Cup semi-final. 'It was a very interesting and exciting tournament. We have seen some good rugby from all ... Even a herd of elephants and attractive dancing girls did not distract pre-tournament favourites Japan, South Korea and Taiwan from the job at hand - qualifying for next year's Rugby ...

  5. Rugby takes root in villages for Sri Lankan orphans

    Posted May 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... numbers from youth to adult level. 'If Sri Lanka can get this right, rugby will really be ready to take off,' says Jarrad Gallagher, the IRB's regional development manager for Asia ... it will obviously only strengthen rugby in this country,' says Meachen, who coached Tonga at the last World Cup. Words the IRB and its Asian counterpart, the Asian Rugby Football Union, will be glad ...

  6. Sevens fires students' rugby passion

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Cultural Services Department offered free tickets to the annual competition, featuring many of the world's top rugby union nations, to students taking physical education as part of their HKDSE studies. Last Saturday, students at the school entered the 'Name the Dragon' competition, organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union as part of the events promoting this year's ...

  7. The 40,000-ticket question- it's anyone's guess because the union doesn't know

    Posted Mar 25th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... this year,' says Hong Kong Rugby Football Union executive director Allan Payne. 'We are not sure why there is such a huge demand as this tournament is not a milestone or a World Cup event.' ... the clubs, mini-rugby, the Rugby Union Club etc,' Payne said. 'The Hong Kong public got 6,000, which is more than last year. From the remaining 16,000, half goes to patrons and sponsors, ...

  8. HK out to show who's Asia's No 1

    Posted Sep 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay in Kota Kinabalu alvin.sallay@scmp.com Hong Kong are out to prove to the International Rugby Board (IRB) that they should be given more than just one chance to play ... team in Asia.' Hong Kong will accomplish that goal if they win the 12-team tournament this weekend in Borneo, the second and final ranking tournament in the HSBC Asian Sevens Series. Last ...

  9. 4,000 Rugby Sevens tickets to go on sale

    Posted Dec 10th 2004, 12:00am by Jonathan Powell

    ... tickets will be included in tomorrow's sale. 'The HKRFU [Hong Kong Rugby Football Union] has made every effort to ensure that the largest number of tickets possible for the Rugby World ... allocation, participating teams and rugby unions coming to support the event and those tickets sold through official overseas travel agents. Alongside our local fans and supporters, these groups ...

  10. Asia's oldest tournament axed for being 'too unwieldy'

    Posted Apr 08th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Someone up there has a superb sense of timing. The day after Asia's 'Mr Rugby', Shiggy Konno, passed away officials from 23 of the 24 unions in the region ... qualifier,' Gregory added. The expansion of rugby in Asia has resulted in numbers increasing to 24- from Guam to Iran. 'If the current format was continued, a union could have to wait for up ...




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