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  1. Fiji's Ryder to skip Dubai

    Posted Feb 25th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of the deep division in Fiji rugby following the acrimonious sacking of his mentor and coach, Waisale Serevi, last month. Ryder's pull-out not only leaves Fiji's World Cup defence in jeopardy, but it also casts serious doubt over his participation at next month's Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens. Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) officials, who kicked out Serevi as coach ...

  2. Serevi says he's ready and willing to take player-coach role

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... the Fiji Rugby Union wants me, I would be willing to come back as a player-coach. My immediate task is to see that Taiwan qualify for the World Cup at the Asian qualifiers in October. But I'm free after that and I'm always available for Fiji,' said Serevi (pictured). He blamed the six-try Cup semi-final rout by New Zealand on poor defensive play from Fiji. 'Our ...

  3. China pride too much for Fiji imports

    Posted Oct 05th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... according to Tan. 'They are all eligible,' said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union executive director Allan Payne. 'IRB officials who are in Hong Kong have looked into the matter and cleared them to play.' Asian powerhouses Japan have a strong corporate league structure and these companies, with the blessings of the Japan Rugby Union, have aggressively recruited players ...

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    Notion that Japanese Super Rugby team is good for the whole of Asia is rubbish

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 03:11pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... for the game across Asia. Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Tatsuzo Yabe said: “It will certainly bring innovation to not only Japan, but also the Asian region as a whole”. I just cannot fathom what ... to grow from 2016. We will have to face the reality that taking that next step up will be beyond our reach unless something drastic happens. What if the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union were ...

  5. Sport - Rugby

    More quality matches for Hong Kong in revamped Asian championship

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 10:55pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... get to play more games against quality opposition, especially Japan," said Dai Rees, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance and technical development. The Asian ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com More quality in 'Top Three' battle Hong Kong will get two bites at Asian powerhouse Japan in a streamlined 15-a-side Asian rugby championship ...

  6. Depleted HK face tough Darwin test

    Posted Jan 24th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... by the Fiji Rugby Union in this World Cup year, only after they made it clear that his role would only be off the field. He will be glad to get the chance to get back into action with the Drifters ... the entire 16-strong squad will go to Wellington,' said Ivan Torpey, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance. 'We will be naming the 12 players for the World Cup in Dubai ...

  7. Sport - Rugby

    Battling Tigers still searching for first win despite bold fightback

    Posted Nov 23rd 2014, 01:05am by Alvin Sallay

    ... that and we have to push on now. But once more it is ‘nearly’ Tigers coach Chris Davies Gifted to the club by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, Spitz did not score tries or have a fairy-tale debut ...

  8. Sport - Rugby

    IRB urged to set up second-tier World Cup

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 12:45am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance and technical development. "A cross-continental competition for say 12 countries would help lift and develop the game in second-tier ... second-tier World Cup Hong Kong and Russia have urged the International Rugby Board to introduce a World Cup for second-tier countries. Officials from both sides said on Friday that a second-tier ...

  9. Sport - Rugby

    Forward thinking has HKFC’s backs against the wall

    Posted Nov 06th 2014, 09:45pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... this season. I would fancy a guess this is the worst-ever start for a side who have been a core component of the fabric of local rugby over the years. The club’s history is long and storied. Established in 1886 by Sir James Lockhart to provide its members with the opportunity to play rugby union, HKFC has been at the centre of our little universe. Its role in the Hong Kong Sevens is well ...

  10. Fantastic Fiji turn back the clock

    Posted Mar 30th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... by the legendary Serevi. He was sacked last month as coach of the national squad by the Fiji Rugby Union, which apparently didn't want him to take on the role of player-coach before the World Cup ... Alvin Sallay They didn't have any stars and were labelled back home as a bunch of no-hopers. But last night Fiji stepped out of the shadow of the legendary Waisale Serevi to break ...




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