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  1. 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

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com The four-team tournament is a test run for a likely World Cup qualifying repechage scenario Hong Kong face strong challenge at Dubai event Hong Kong will take on two of the best tier-three nations in the world, Belgium and Zimbabwe, in the Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations next month in Dubai in what is really a test of their ability to win ...

  2. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Wallabies expect tough test against French

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... yesterday, start their four-test campaign at the Stade de France on November 10 before taking on England, Italy and Wales on successive weekends. "The first one is key for us," Deans said. ... the possibility of an early showdown with the all-powerful All Blacks. "Seedings are important, but no more so than the fact they are test matches," Deans said. "That's the by-product- ...

  3. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has four tests to save his job, says media

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Deans 'has four tests to save his Wallabies job' The clock is ticking for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, who has four tests to turn around their fortunes ... will end." The Australian newspaper took a similar line saying: "D-day for Deans edging closer … [he] has four tests to save his job," it said. Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones said last ...

  4. Coach Rees optimistic ahead of Japan test despite injuries

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... ideal,' Rees said. 'Japan is the biggest test match we have on an annual basis and is the key clash for our 15s players every year. Playing Japan lets us know how good we are as players ...

  5. Rugby fans look to the Net after TV blackout on autumn tests

    Posted Nov 06th 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney Rugby union fans hoping to watch the international autumn tests over the next few weeks better have a good internet feed, as none of them will be shown on Now-TV or Cable TV. ... for 2011 either,' Australia Network spokesman Elliott McKenna said. In the first of the autumn tests tonight, England take on the All Blacks at Twickenham, Australia face Wales in Cardiff, ...

  6. Wallabies-All Blacks HK test 'closer'

    Posted Sep 14th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... with officials, including InvestHK and the Hong Kong Tourism Board, on the feasibility of the southern hemisphere rivals playing a test match at Hong Kong Stadium in October or November 2008. 'We ... of holding a fully fledged test match in Hong Kong with the world governing body at the IRB's annual meeting next month. HKRFU executive director Allan Payne rated the chances of the game being ...

  7. Drug-busters test eight players in swoop on SAR

    Posted Nov 24th 2004, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... on Monday night as part of the world governing body's crusade against illegal and performance-enhancing drugs. 'The IRB carried out a surprise drugs test on our squad. They arrived unannounced and randomly picked eight of our players for testing,' Hong Kong head coach Ivan Torpey (pictured) said yesterday. He declined to identify the tested players. In a bid to keep ...

  8. Drug-testing programme to be expanded

    Posted Mar 29th 2004, 12:00am by Noel Prentice

    ... Noel Prentice Sevens players will be subjected to out-of-competition drug testing next season. At the moment, the players are tested only at tournaments and in training in the days before the event. 'We have never done this before,' said Mark Egan, the International Rugby Board's representative at the Hong Kong Sevens. 'Next season we will be testing anywhere, ...

  9. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Wales bid to break duck against Wallabies

    Posted Dec 01st 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Cardiff Wallabies expect Welsh to come out fighting Statistics do not read well for Wales going into their last international test match of 2012 against Australia ... But Deans said the Wallabies would be looking to finish their long season, in which they had played an incredible 16 tests, on a high ahead of a well-earned break, the resumption of Super 15 rugby ...

  10. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    France should follow England's example, says Philippe Saint-Andre

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... arriving relatively fresh. "We are going into the Six Nations on the back of four successive wins [the three November tests plus a win over Argentina on their summer tour]," said ... director. "There they play between tests and club rugby about 30-32 matches. Here we play around 40. There are some very, very important negotiations regarding this problem due in June. ...




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