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  1. Serevi treats Ryder with kid gloves

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

    ... Alvin Sallay Fiji star William Ryder has been wrapped in cotton wool by Waisale Serevi in the run-up to the Hong Kong Sevens this month. In a bid to protect his protege, Fiji's player-coach Serevi has ordered the fleet-footed Ryder- top try-scorer (22) in the IRB Sevens Series this season- not to take part in any of the domestic sevens tournaments dotted around Fiji ...

  2. Serevi fires up his veterans

    Posted Apr 01st 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay 'Although I'm happy that we won all our three pool games, we didn't play well. We made a few mistakes' Fiji can be forgiven for thinking they have double vision this afternoon when Scotland front up in the Cup quarter-finals. In their final pool game yesterday, they met the Scots. By a quirk of the draw, the two teams meet again. Fiji beat ...

  3. Sri Lanka battle to fly after attack

    Posted Mar 28th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... trying to find a flight out of Colombo and are talking to Cathay about booking us on another airline,' said Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union executive director Dilroy Fernando. 'The ... repercussions for Sri Lankan rugby. The island nation is trying to revive plans to host the Asian Rugby Football Tournament in November. Sri Lanka has informed all Asian unions, including Hong Kong, ...

  4. Samoans make all the right moves

    Posted Apr 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... director of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. 'Pesamino is a superstar and it's terrific to see Samoa win for the first time since 1993. We are delighted at the record crowds. ... rugby fans who make the Hong Kong Sevens a global one of a kind. There was not a spare seat in the stadium yesterday. Despite massive beer consumption, police reported a well-behaved crowd ...

  5. 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, ...

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

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

    ... 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 ... finalised,' Gallagher said. The IRB announced last week that nine unions would qualify directly for the men's tournament (the eight quarter-finalists from 2005- Fiji, New Zealand, England, ...

  7. Golden Gordon's happy return

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

    ... Tietjens hopes can be addressed next Sunday. 'Like I said, it is harder now. More unions are putting in more resources to sevens rugby these days. And at a big tournament like Hong Kong, ... as a coach,' he added. In charge of the national sevens squad for the 14th straight year, Tietjens' contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union will end in October. He says it will then be time ...

  8. HK get 2nd chance against Argentina

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

    ... minute. 'We really played well and should have beaten them. It was once again a case of missed opportunities,' said Ivan Torpey, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head ... of the day came when Tonga defeated England 12-5. The Tongans also came close to topping pool A as they ran Fiji close before losing 22-21, having led 21-10 at one stage. ...

  9. Three-try Pesamino toast of Samoa

    Posted Apr 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... close as all the play was at the northern end. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union might as well have closed that section off and allowed the exhibitionists- a couple did invade the pitch during ... Alvin Sallay Battle of the Pacific islanders a classic story of a game of two halves, with Fiji losing out The bright city lights did not startle Samoa's village-grown heroes ...

  10. Chance for Hong Kong's 'Pocket Rocket' to shine

    Posted Mar 28th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... system. Born in Hong Kong, he began playing at mini-rugby level, turning out for the Sandy Bay under-7s. He quickly made his mark as he progressed through the age groups. His pace and skills earned him three Player of the Tournament Awards at the annual New Year's Day tournament held by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. What is more remarkable is he got them while playing ...




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