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    Hong Kong join Asian Five Nations

    Posted May 31st 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Six Nations, will be held annually and will replace the biennial Asian Rugby Football Tournament. 'It was decided at the last ARFU council [Asian Rugby Football Union] that a tournament on the lines of the Six Nations would replace the old ARFT competition, revealed Allan Payne, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's executive director, yesterday. 'But this will be better than ...

  2. Touch and tag makes its mark in Hong Kong

    Posted May 05th 2007, 12:00am by Melanie Ho

    ... for tackle rugby, but Marco Wong, of the Hong Kong Touch and Tag Association, said that over the past six years, touch has begun to develop in Hong Kong as a sport of its own. 'It's a very ... a national team. Though very much a recreational sport in Hong Kong, touch rugby has greater popularity in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. In January, the Federation of International ...

  3. HK may compete in Sri Lanka, after all

    Posted Sep 17th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... 1969 and is the oldest regional tournament after the Six Nations. It will be replaced by a championship played annually on a home and away basis and split into divisions. ... in Colombo, but was cancelled due to security reasons. 'Our focus this season for the XVs squad is the new Asian Five Nations Championship which kicks off in April next year. We had ...

  4. Five Nations spots still up for grabs: Walters

    Posted Nov 13th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... were still open for April's all-important inaugural Asian Five Nations Championship. 'This is the team for now. But we will disband after our games in January and re-pick the squad ... the traditional source in Asia, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) had approached one of the second-tier European nations and invited them so that the local squad could have some useful ...

  5. Asia's oldest tournament axed for being 'too unwieldy'

    Posted Apr 08th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... decided the Asian Rugby Football Tournament (ARFT) was no longer viable. The biennial ARFT, the world's oldest regional rugby tournament next to the Six Nations (formerly the Five Nations ... of the Asian Championship in its present form is not rosy at all. The tournament's importance has been undervalued by the fact rugby is now a medal sport at the Asian Games and the World Cup ...

  6. Italy make historic breakthrough

    Posted Feb 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Italy stunned Scotland with three tries in the first six minutes and went on to win 37-17 at Murrayfield yesterday to secure their first-ever away victory in the Six Nations. The amazing victory was their highest score and biggest margin of victory in the championship- eclipsing the 14-point margin from their 34-20 win over Scotland in their first match in the competition in Rome ...

  7. Dance, rugby handed medal status for 2009

    Posted Jun 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Kin-wa Dance sport and rugby sevens have been reinstated as medal sports for the next East Asian Games, making a total of 23 sports when the games are held in Hong Kong in 2009. 'The two sports [dance and rugby] proposed at the meeting that they should be medal sports and not demonstration sports and it was accepted by the games' council after it considered all ...

  8. Kowloon cook up recipe to leave their rivals eating humble pie

    Posted Sep 28th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... for the player-of-the-season award. He will be a big influence on the club,' said Kowloon director of rugby John Bruce. Kowloon have flattered many times in the past, only to let down their fans in the end. Bruce ... mythology. We came close two seasons ago to winning the Grand Championships, but lost in that 95-minute game. There is an air of optimism in the club and I hope we can win the league ...

  9. Hong Kong won't play in 'Asiad'

    Posted Sep 20th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay With its focus entirely on the inaugural Asian Five Nations Championship next year, Hong Kong will stick to its decision not to take part in the 'Rugby Asiad' to be played in Sri Lanka in November. 'The directors have decided to keep with the original decision not to go to Colombo,' said Trevor Gregory, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman. ...

  10. HK's Asian Games trio to miss Seoul training camp

    Posted Mar 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Korean national squad in Seoul. Wright and impressive backs Robertson and Varty are all based overseas and were unable to join the 17-strong training squad for the trip to Seoul. Also missing ... Korea. All four players who will be missing the action will also be in the running for a place,' said Ivan Torpey (pictured), the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance. ...




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