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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - RUGBY SEVENS

    Rugby union wins access to Hong Kong Sports Institute

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... - was welcomed by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, which called it a historic moment for the sport. It will now have access to government funds for the next four years, with about HK$5 million available annually for athletes only. "We have come a long way and this is the icing on the cake," said delighted Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory. "It ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1222426/rugby-union-wins-access-hong-kong-sports-institute
  2. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Pakistan looks to kabaddi to help build rugby union

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... into kabaddi converts Pakistan's rugby union chiefs are hoping to exploit the traditional tag-wrestling sport of kabaddi as they try to boost the game and build the country's fledgling ... strength, tackling and evasive running. In a country where anything other than cricket struggles to get a look in, the Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) has grown rapidly since it was founded 10 years ago ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1194825/pakistan-looks-kabaddi-help-build-rugby-union
  3. Sport - Rugby - SUPER 15

    Super Rugby to expand to 18 teams with Asia in the mix

    Posted May 01st 2014, 10:21pm by AFP

    ... to 18 teams in 2016, with three new clubs coming from South Africa, Argentina and possibly Asia or the United States, officials said on Thursday. New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve ... way with credible potential bidders for the groundbreaking franchise. Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver said the plan gave Super Rugby "the potential to become a truly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1501753/super-15-expand-18-teams-2016
  4. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Brumbies face tough game against Sharks in Super 15 rugby union

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... their title credentials as they chase a third Super Rugby crown. The Canberra-based Brumbies have been transformed under the coaching of former World Cup-winning Springbok White and so far have accounted for the Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and NSW Waratahs to top the Australian conference. "The challenge of Super Rugby is that you need to be able to adapt your style to be able ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1190860/brumbies-face-tough-game-against-sharks-super-15-rugby-union
  5. Sport - Hong Kong - RUGBY UNION

    Hong Kong rugby union squad facing tough decisions

    Posted Feb 13th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... as both competitions are crucial. This season's A5N Top Five is vital for our World Cup campaign next season while winning core-team status is also a goal," said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance Dai Rees. "A decision will have to be made on whether we use the same players in both [Philippines and London] or pick separate sides." With a small player ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1148845/hong-kong-rugby-union-squad-facing-tough-decisions
  6. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Italy defiant ahead of contest with Rugby Union powerhouse All Blacks

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... move has not been designed to give the hosts a fighting chance in Rome. When it comes to Italy, still an emerging rugby power, and the All Blacks, two-time world champions and the most ... of Italy coach Jacques Brunel. "If New Zealand are the Everest of rugby, we must be ready to climb as far and as high as we can and make light of the cold and bad weather," Brunel said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1084154/italy-defiant-ahead-contest-rugby-union-powerhouse-all-blacks
  7. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    All Blacks brace for aerial attack from Springboks in rugby union clash

    Posted Sep 15th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Dunedin South Africa expected to mount an aerial attack to break down New Zealand's high-octane running game in Rugby Championship clash All Blacks brace for Boks' bombardment The All Blacks expect to be targeted by an aerial bombardment today as South Africa search for a way to break the world champions' stranglehold on the Rugby Championship. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1037019/all-blacks-brace-aerial-attack-springboks-rugby-union-clash
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Welsh union stumbles into New Year still seeking direction

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 10:10am by Reuters

    ... Reuters Welsh union stumbles into New Year still seeking direction The chaos within Welsh rugby continued into the New Year after the four regions condemned the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) ... is still unclear. “RRW and the Regions re-affirm their commitment to the Rugby Champions Cup under the aegis of Six Nations, which will generate a guaranteed £12 million [HK$153 million] additional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1394670/welsh-union-stumbles-new-year-still-seeking-direction
  9. Sport - Rugby - Sevens World Series

    Fiji union says US$21m sponsorship deal is a ‘game changer’

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 01:37pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Suva The cash-strapped Fiji Rugby Union on Friday hailed a new FJ$40 million (US$21.3 million) sponsorship deal as a “game changer” for the sport in the Pacific ... financial aid from the International Rugby Board (IRB) suspended. “This deal will ease some of the burden financially on Rugby House,” he said. “That’s why we are so happy to secure a sponsorship ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1422824/fiji-union-says-us21m-sponsorship-deal-game-changer

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