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  • Apr 2, 2015
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Ulster sign All Black back Charles Piutau

Charles Piutau has won 14 caps for the All Blacks since making his test debut against France in June 2013. Photo: AP

Ulster have signed versatile New Zealand rugby union back Charles Piutau on a two-year deal from July next year, the Irish province announced on Wednesday.

Thursday, 2 April, 2015, 12:02am
The 31-year-old Jerome Kaino left New Zealand to play two seasons in Japan after the 2011 World Cup, but returned last year to try to force his way back into contention for the All Blacks title defence this year. Photo: AFP

Jerome Kaino becomes first All Black to commit beyond Lions tour in 2017

All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino has signed a new three-year contract with New Zealand Rugby, becoming the first player to commit to the country beyond 2017, the organisation said on Tuesday.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:36pm
Hong Kong were disappointed to be knocked out of the Sevens World Series qualifier by Russia, despite the Bears going on to win promotion to play on next season's global circuit. Photo: KY Cheng/SCMP

Hugo Stiles to earn first senior Hong Kong cap at Japan Sevens

Hong Kong under-20 captain Hugo Stiles will be thrown in at the deep end after being called up for this weekend's Japan Sevens in Tokyo, where coach Gareth Baber's squad have been drawn into pool A with the mighty Fiji, plus England and Wales.

31 Mar 2015 - 3:26pm
Samoa’s Samoa Toloa slips a committed Werner Kok tackle during Sunday’s Hong Kong Sevens third-place play-off match won by South Africa. Photos: KY Cheng/SCMP

South Africa maintain grip on World Series thanks to crucial third-place points

One seven-minute period of disjointed rugby ruined South Africa’s hopes of winning a maiden Hong Kong Sevens but the Blitzbokke still managed to cling to their lead atop the HSBC Sevens World Series standings after finishing third.

29 Mar 2015 - 11:13pm
The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

31 Mar 2015 - 1:50pm 2 comments
Yury Gostyuzhev slips a tackle during the qualifier final before running in to score one of four Russia tries in their 22-19 triumph over Zimbabwe. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Russia rally at the death to snatch World Series spot from Zimbabwe

29 Mar 2015 - 6:52pm
Japan's Lote Tuqiri is tackled by Belgium captain Mathieu Verschelden (left) as he advances during their Shield semi-final on Sunday. Photos: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Japan in constant battle with Top League clubs to release best players, says coach

31 Mar 2015 - 2:36pm
Australia savour their moment of glory after beating USA in the Plate final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photos: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Aussies show signs of sevens rugby resurgence after winning Plate

30 Mar 2015 - 2:20am

Hong Kong Sevens 2015 – the finals

Cup Fiji  33-19  NZealand
Third SAfrica  26-5  Samoa
Plate Australia  21-17  USA
Bowl France  5-26  Scotland
Shield Kenya  26-7  Japan
Qualifier Russia  22-19  Zimbabwe

Full Hong Kong Sevens results...

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The 31-year-old Jerome Kaino left New Zealand to play two seasons in Japan after the 2011 World Cup, but returned last year to try to force his way back into contention for the All Blacks title defence this year. Photo: AFP

Jerome Kaino becomes first All Black to commit beyond Lions tour in 2017

All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino has signed a new three-year contract with New Zealand Rugby, becoming the first player to commit to the country beyond 2017, the organisation said on Tuesday.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:36pm

Plays of the Week

Fans in the South Stand show their party credentials on Saturday at the 2015 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

Video: Saturday is party day at the Hong Kong Sevens

Rugby fans from all corners of the globe are in town for the 40th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens. And in this SCMP original video shot on Saturday at Hong Kong Stadium it is plain to see that most have fully immersed themselves in this monster of a party.

29 Mar 2015 - 9:56am

Fifteens

Jamie Hood will lead Hong Kong in their attempt to become a core team in the HSBC Sevens World Series. Photo: KY Cheng/SCMP

Domestic 15s game faces juggling act if Hong Kong earn World Series place

Hong Kong's national fifteens programme is likely to be scaled back if the sevens squad win the qualifying tournament at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and become a core team in the World Series, says top official Pieter Schats.

25 Mar 2015 - 1:54pm

Valley’s future full of peaks as pathway system starts to pay off

Prop Alex Ng Wai-shing (on the right) started playing rugby with Valley’s all-local Mai Jais in National League 4, before working his way up the divisions to the Grand Championship-winning first team. Photos: HKRFU

Four out the five Grand Championship trophies on offer this season, including Grand Final success in the top-flight Premiership division. No wonder Dean Herewini and the other coaching staff over at Societe Generale Valley were all smiles after a near clean-sweep last Saturday.

13 Mar 2015 - 2:45pm 1 comment

Sevens

Hong Kong were disappointed to be knocked out of the Sevens World Series qualifier by Russia, despite the Bears going on to win promotion to play on next season's global circuit. Photo: KY Cheng/SCMP

Hugo Stiles to earn first senior Hong Kong cap at Japan Sevens

Hong Kong under-20 captain Hugo Stiles will be thrown in at the deep end after being called up for this weekend's Japan Sevens in Tokyo, where coach Gareth Baber's squad have been drawn into pool A with the mighty Fiji, plus England and Wales.

31 Mar 2015 - 3:26pm

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Fiji were untouchable as they swept to a popular 33-19 victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday night.

31 Mar 2015 - 1:50pm 2 comments

Community

Celestine Li’s winning creation in the primary school category of the ‘Support Hong Kong Team’ T-shirt design competition. Photos: HKRFU

Schoolkids create winning Sevens designs that fit to a tee

More than 500 primary and secondary school students sent in their art creations for the “Support Hong Kong Team” T-shirt design competition set up by the HKRFU to rally support for the hosts at the Hong Kong Sevens – but at the end of the day there could be only one winner in each of the two categories.

13 Mar 2015 - 2:30pm

Fans invited to pick HK’s all-time best player from the Sevens

Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin, shown in action at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, was the first local Chinese player to score a try at an RWC Sevens – a feat he achieved during the 2001 tournament. Photo: Felix Wong/SCMP

As part of its celebrations for the 40th Hong Kong Sevens in March, the HKRFU has launched an online campaign for the public to help choose the top Hong Kong player to have played in the tournament.

5 Feb 2015 - 8:45pm