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  1. 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 ...

  2. Funding boost for Asian Five Nations

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... throughout Asia,' said Ross Mitchell, secretary general of the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU). Mitchell revealed that ARFU had signed up ESPN-STAR who will show a six-week package which ... Alvin Sallay Series set to change face of game in Asia Asia received a double boost yesterday with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and a major bank joining hands to pump in more than ...

  3. Japan show HK who's best in Asia

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Japan once again showed that they are the best in the region, winning the ARFU U20s Asian Championship by defeating Hong Kong 38-8 in the winners-take-all finale at Hong Kong Football Club last night. The six-tries-to-on ...

  4. HK eager to be Asia's finest

    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 ...

  5. Simpkin's Sri Lankans pose tough hurdle for HK

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... that Simpkin was brought back. And when they say president, it was the president of the country and not the union. Mahinda Rajapakse, a rugby fan himself, not only had to run the country and try ... back. His return was a huge psychological boost to the squad and they reciprocated by turning on a capable performance against China. The president of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union ...

  6. Brilliant Hong Kong maul hapless UAE

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... that mantra in abundance as they went on a 10-try romp past the United Arab Emirates to a 62-3 victory in their final game this season. Japan, Asia's perennial World Cup representatives, might once again have clinched the champion's tag, but they are a full-time professional outfit whose players live and breathe rugby. In this respect, Hong Kong's part-timers can stand ...

  7. Showcase of diversity

    Posted Mar 16th 2009, 12:00am by Rebecca Tsui

    ... Rebecca Tsui The world's largest student association, AIESEC, will host a 'Global Village' event at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui this Saturday afternoon. The event is aimed at letting the public experience the customs of 15 Asian Pacific countries and regions. It is one of the highlights of Asia Pacific Exchange Leadership Development Seminar 2009, which ...

  8. Talking points

    Posted Aug 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ocean News, a newspaper affiliated with the administration, reported that the North China Sea branch was preparing to sue ConocoPhillips China for damages over the spills. Rugby union breaks ground for Tin Shui Wai pitch The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for a new HK$10 million rugby pitch in Tin Shui Wai. The ground, complete with artificial ...

  9. Kandy Sevens shapes as dress rehearsal for World Cup qualifiers

    Posted Aug 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... The International Rugby Board has made 15 qualifying berths available at the 24-team event, with Asia getting two spots. A Women's World Cup will be held in tandem for the first time. Hong Kong have ... on will be to qualify for the 2009 World Cup. It will be tough as we will be up against Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan, among other teams,' said Ivan Torpey, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union ...

  10. e-pal: Kazakhstan

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Miranda Yeung

    ... century it was part of the former Soviet Union, and it became independent in 1991. It is the ninth biggest country in the world. It has a lot of mineral resources, including oil, gas and steel. ... the grand prize. My favourite sport is called kokpar. It is traditional game with similar rules to football and rugby. But it is played on horseback and players use a dead sheep or goat instead ...




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