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  1. Sport - Rugby - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    Gareth Baber’s period of grace is over

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 08:41pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... of grace is over The honeymoon is over for Gareth Baber. Now starts the daily grind of marriage- that of rugby sevens and the Hong Kong Sports Institute where the Welshman is the head coach ... Nature has its own gestation period and three months isn't it as far as rugby and Homo sapiens are concerned. Until we have an army of players banging on the HKSI door, we must make the best ...

  2. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    A glimpse within the ICC cocoon

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 09:29pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... when it ruled, cricket has never been given a decent chance to spread its roots. While the world governing bodies of soccer and rugby union have been more progressive, the ICC has been content ... Sevens Rugby World Cup had 24 teams (the 15s World Cup next year has 20), cricket's World Twenty20 is limited to just 10. For all its public declarations that six associate teams had taken ...

  3. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    Left field: Let's put rugby eggs in one basket

    Posted Oct 21st 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay As Asian champions, Hong Kong should devote more resources to developing the sevens game and let 15s take a back seat Let's put rugby eggs in one basket At last, champions of Asia. Even if it is only seven-a-side rugby, Hong Kong's triumph at a former bastion of British colonialism, the Bombay Gymkhana Club, last Sunday is long overdue. Once ...


    Immigration red tape thwarts HK skier's Olympic dream and points to eligibility headache ahead of Asian Games

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 10:54pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... and rugby, both of which will be fiercely contested, with Hong Kong having a good chance of winning medals. Cricket chief Mike Walsh admitted he was worried and had been trying to get clarity on the issue with the Hong Kong Olympic Committee. Former national rugby coach Dai Rees, who has now taken on a more administrative role, also has concerns. Both sports are traditionally played ...

  5. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    M-Mark shows MEF the way

    Posted Feb 01st 2014, 09:29pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... the event could help a sports association promote and develop its sport, in the way the Hong Kong Sevens has helped the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union turn rugby into a household sport today. ...

  6. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    Finding love in the right places

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 09:29pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... rugby sevens. Hong Kong have played in every Rugby World Cup Sevens since the tournament's inception in 1993 and this is a proud record. Cricket, in reality, is still a step away from doing ...

  7. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    2014 a pressure test for all

    Posted Jan 04th 2014, 09:41pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... and cater to all sports from cricket and rugby to athletics and football- will have on the region. Meanwhile, we are still in the talking stage, trying to decide what the best way forward is. What ...

  8. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    ICC still has its head in the sand

    Posted Nov 30th 2013, 08:03pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... of the world. Rugby union has 20 countries. Not so cricket, which is preoccupied with preserving its small turf instead of looking at promoting the game. Yes, test cricket might be a bridge too far ...

  9. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    Left field: Sports hub change deterred, but official explanation murky

    Posted Oct 28th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... A financing model is apparently ready and the bulldozers and cranes must move in right away. As Trevor Gregory, chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, pointed out, Hong Kong has always been ...



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