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  1. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    England seek to win physical battle over South Africa

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... boost to England's morale ahead of the December 1 visit of world champions New Zealand to Twickenham. England, the 2015 World Cup hosts, are currently fifth in the International Rugby Board ... Wood and Alex Corbisiero. "You see what he's delivered off the bench against Fiji and Australia, his ability to deal with international rugby, there's no reason why he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1089373/england-seek-win-physical-battle-over-south-africa
  2. Sport - Other Sport - SPORTS HUB

    Singapore Sports Hub the Lion City's pride and joy

    Posted Nov 18th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... and joy English Premiership sides, rugby's HSBC Sevens World Series and cricket's Bollywood-styled Indian Premier League will soon be strutting their stuff at the Singapore Sports Hub, ... [Southeast Asia] Games. We are looking at our grand opening ceremony continuing for 15 months until the SEA Games, and we will play host to a number of events with the focus being on football, rugby ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1084844/singapore-sports-hub-lion-citys-pride-and-joy
  3. Sport - Hong Kong - RUGBY UNION

    Hong Kong face Rugby World Cup qualifying test run in Dubai

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... a repechage match and qualify for the 2015 World Cup (15-a-side). With Japan perennially dominating Asian qualification for the World Cup, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has set its sights ... Rugby Association, we have been able to go ahead with this for the second year in a row," Gregory said. Hong Kong emerged inaugural champions last year, defeating Kenya, Brazil and UAE. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1081810/hong-kong-face-rugby-world-cup-qualifying-test-run-dubai
  4. Sport - Hong Kong - RUGBY UNION

    Hong Kong 'let down' by IRB's Women's Sevens snub

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... 'let down' by IRB sevens snub Hong Kong has been "badly let down" by the International Rugby Board after being overlooked as a venue for the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series despite being a pioneering force behind the development of the women's game, says rugby union chairman Trevor Gregory. The IRB announced the first ever series for women ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1065248/hong-kong-let-down-irbs-womens-sevens-snub
  5. Sport - Other Sport - LEFT FIELD

    IRB's relegation system for sevens world series is a joke

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... is for certain after this week's announcement by the International Rugby Board- don't ask the world governing body to organise a booze-up in a brewery. After months trying to figure out ... rugby nations. And this should be the main criterion. The IRB has increased the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from 24 to 28 teams and the ninth and last leg of the world series in London ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1043227/irbs-relegation-system-sevens-world-series-joke
  6. Missed opportunity to bolster HK's sevens campaign

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Poor Brian Stevenson. The president of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union had lost his Blackberry and wasn't aware the International Rugby Board was hosting a cocktail party until Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting asked him why he hadn't turned up. Fok, who had been invited by the IRB, managed a quick visit to the rugby shindig before hurrying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014467/missed-opportunity-bolster-hks-sevens-campaign
  7. Guangzhou set to host leg of IRB women's sevens

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... become the mainland's rugby hub. Rugby in China received a significant boost with the International Rugby Board signing a memorandum of understanding with Guangzhou and the Chinese Rugby ... forward in that regard.' Trevor Gregory, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) chairman, said the agreement was likely to result in Guangzhou hosting a leg of the IRB Women's Sevens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000896/guangzhou-set-host-leg-irb-womens-sevens
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Blooming in hostile territories

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... killing fields have turned into a field of dreams for aspiring rugby players in war-torn Afghanistan, a band of whom on Friday had their first taste of international rugby in Dubai. Five months ago, as military helicopters droned above, Aziz Ahmed and a small group of pioneers concentrated on the task at hand, passing a rugby ball, and tried to forget a grim past when the Taliban ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/999584/blooming-hostile-territories
  9. Sport - Rugby

    Afghans join ever-growing ‘Asian rugby family’

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Afghanistan became the newest rugby playing country in the world this weekend as the International Rugby Board and top Asian officials rejoiced at the healthy state of the game globally. Afghanistan, who signed on as the 28th member of the Asian Rugby Football Union last November, had their first taste of international rugby when they played ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/999589/afghans-join-ever-growing-asian-rugby-family
  10. How can something right feel so wrong?

    Posted Mar 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay Even the International Rugby Board doesn't know where the road is heading. But let's hope it gives us back our tournament in its entirety next year. The overwhelming ... This second-tier tournament has the champions of regional events taking part, and every country will have a chance to become a core team. Hong Kong Rugby Football Union president Brian Stevenson called ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/996264/how-can-something-right-feel-so-wrong

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