If the world were a logical place, men would ride sidesaddle . . . and maybe they wouldn’t do a horsey dance that’s taken the world by storm.
“See you at the Sevens” has taken on a whole new meaning for Hong Kong Tourism Board officials, who are now bending over backwards trying to please a sport which most local people used to call “Rubby”.
The All Blacks Sevens will be missing a number of top-line players due to injury with the biggest blow being playmaker and goal-kicker Tomasi Cama. Other influential absentees are Kurt Baker, Toby Arnold, Scot Curry, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna, a youngster who has caught the eye this season.
Personal trainers, topless waiters, underwear models ... what do they all have in common? Outside of their busy schedule of parties, charity events and hanging around the entrance to Abercrombie & Fitch, they might well be rugby players.
Leung, making his first visit to Africa, is part of a 14-strong squad leaving tonight to take part in the Spur Sevens in Harare, which will be the only competitive build-up before the final 12-man squad are named for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from March 22-24.
At last week's Sevens draw, organisers left two spots open in the 12-strong pre-qualification tournament for the finalists at the Consur Sevens (South American Confederation of Rugby) in Rio de Janeiro with hosts Brazil and Uruguay duly filling those berths.
Hong Kong will rub shoulders with the 15 core teams at the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series from March 22-24. They have been invited to do so by the International Rugby Board, not because they are the hosts, but because they wear the mantle of Asian sevens champions.
Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams admits the chance to win Olympic gold could tempt him to switch to rugby sevens for the 2016 Rio Games as he weighs up his future in the boxing ring.
A tough opening fortnight in the domestic competition has left six Hong Kong internationals battered and bruised, forcing national coach Dai Rees to take an extended squad of 14 players for the Mumbai Sevens this weekend.
Three games, two defeats, one try and a fair bit of frustration: Sonny Bill Williams hasn't made the smoothest of starts to life in Japan's Top League.