Women’s Rugby

Dream meeting for Eva

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2014, 9:24pm

Secondary school student and rugby player Eva Li Hang-lam was thrilled to meet the defending champions of the Hong Kong Women's Rugby Sevens on Wednesday.

New Zealand's Aotearoa Maori are in Hong Kong to take part in the 10th women's rugby sevens, with the final to be held at the Hong Kong Stadium tonight.

It will be Eva's turn to visit their home country later this year. Eva has been selected as a New Zealand Student Ambassador and will have the opportunity to play rugby at one of the country's high schools in July.

She is one of 12 students selected to tour New Zealand, where they will learn about the country's culture, environment and tourism and hospitality industry.

Under the programme, which was launched last year, the students will stay in New Zealand for three to six weeks.

Eva, who has been playing rugby for eight years, hopes to improve her English, meet new friends and see more of the world.

'I will be going to a girls' school in Christchurch in July. I'm really looking forward to it,' said the Form Six student from Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College.

'I am thrilled to have the chance to speak to the Aotearoa Maori team. I hope to find out how to improve my rugby skills.'

Eva, 18, currently plays scrum-half for Kowloon Rugby Club.

New Zealand have been the reigning champions for the past nine years, and they are planning to make it 10-in-a-row tonight.

Lavinia Gould, 26, captain of Aotearoa Maori, said: 'You never get tired of winning. We've prepared very well. I'm very confident that we will win for the 10th time. We play because we have a passion for the game and we've been training as hard as we can.'

The team are in the same group with Canada and Hong Kong.

'We've never played Canada before. It will be an interesting game. The Hong Kong team have huge skill and huge heart,' Gould added.