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  1. Samoans soak up soggy conditions

    Posted Mar 25th 2009, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... in Hong Kong so I'd say they are favourites.' Two years ago Samoa beat old rivals Fiji 27-22 in the final, while last year they were beaten 12-10 by South Africa in the semis. 'We've done well in Hong Kong in recent years and we want to keep that going,' said playmaker Uale Mai. 'It'll be tough because Fiji are in the same pool as us and they are always ...

  2. A gauntlet of greed, and joy for a nation in need

    Posted Mar 27th 2011, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... Rugby Football Union, said all tickets had been sold through official channels and that if fans bought tickets elsewhere they could not guarantee they were valid or available. On the pitch, some ... and there was great rugby. But on the back of a rash of fake tickets, a larger than usual number of touts tried to cash in. At least 50 fans who had flown in from Sydney, Dubai and Singapore were refused ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - SPORT

    Rugby tackles social issues at Chinese school

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... Union, which introduced the scheme in its community rugby programme. "We're pioneers," Yeung said. "It's an opportunity for our students to learn more about what has ... and the school itself," he said. Other union programmes use rugby to reduce juvenile delinquency, teach English, combat discrimination and build pupils' self-confidence and self-esteem. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - RUGBY SEVENS

    Public to get 'even fewer' Rugby Sevens seats next year

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

    ... to the public next year. This year, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union reserved 4,000 tickets for public sale, which were distributed via a ballot. However, 50,000 tickets were applied for. Now even ... To clarify the ticketing situation last year, the union issued a breakdown of the figures. At that time, local rugby clubs and the local community got 45 per cent; 14 per cent went to international ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - COMMERCIAL DISPUTE

    Designer seeks compensation from HKRFU for Sevens passes artwork

    Posted May 26th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... of using her artwork without her permission in a bid to save money. Lawman Law was in the process of printing this year's passes in January when the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union suddenly said it had changed its mind. It is alleged the union went ahead and produced the passes elsewhere, without her knowledge. Law's Genius Design and Printing Company had been retained ...

  6. Sport - Hong Kong - HONG KONG SEVENS

    HKRFU ballot fails to stop touts getting Sevens tickets

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union made 4,000 tickets available for sale via a public ballot this year. The union believed this method was the fairest way to distribute the tickets. Applicants had ... their hands on tickets - and not just those sold in the public ballot. Tickets sold to rugby club members and the corporate sector also fell into their grasp. Official ticket prices are the same ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Teen drinkers to be targeted at Hong Kong Sevens

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com Rugby chiefs join forces with support group for second year to tackle alcohol problems at event Teen drinkers at Sevens targeted Hong Kong Sevens organisers are once again working with a leading youth charity to combat teenage binge drinking at the event, after the success of last year's initial project. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union ...

  8. Mitchell continues fine family tradition of scoring in HK

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney There must be something in the water in Hong Kong that brings out the best in Drew Mitchell's family. Both of Mitchell's brothers, Zane and Bronsen, have played on tours to Hong Kong for the Australian army in recent years, with both ...

  9. Kenyans drive another nail into Kiwi coffin

    Posted Mar 30th 2009, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... stage is a new experience for a New Zealand side in rugby- unless you count the 15s World Cup over the past 20 years- but the times are changing on the sevens circuit. It's not often ... 'We will go back and focus on where we need to improve,' he said. 'World sevens rugby is much more competitive than it was, say eight or nine years ago. Up until now we've ...

  10. Boks battered, bruised but still full of belief

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney South Africa moved into the Cup quarter-finals after a mixed bag of performances, but it was a crucial injury that may have had the biggest impact on their chances of winning their first Sevens crown. The South Africans- ranked as tournament n ...




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