Asian Sevens Series

The Asian Sevens Series was set up in 2011 by the Asian Rugby Football Union, now known as Asia Rugby, to raise the profile of the abbreviated game and help national teams prepare for the debut of rugby sevens at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Trevor Gregory (right), chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, at the official draw for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens earlier this year. Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

Make no bones about it. If not for the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, the world's local bank - well, that is what it used to call itself - would not have got involved in Asian rugby.

Saturday, 15 November, 2014, 4:24pm

Video: Singapore Sevens final

Video: Singapore Sevens final

Watch the finale of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series 2013 in Singapore, the fourth straight Cup final to feature arch-rivals Hong Kong and Japan. It was another close match and a thrilling finish as Japan won 24-19 to lift the Cup and claim the Series.

12 Feb 2014 - 11:23pm

Hong Kong surrender Asian crown after another Japanese comeback

Hong Kong slump to the turf as Japan celebrate at the final whistle during the Singapore final. Photo: SCMP Pictures.

The future might be bright, but yesterday everything was gloom for Jamie Hood and his men as Hong Kong failed to defend their Asian title. It was powerfully wrested back by Japan, who lifted the fourth and final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Singapore, winning 24-19.

7 Apr 2014 - 8:35pm

Hong Kong on course to retain sevens crown

Tom McQueen heads for the try line in Hong Kong's 10-0 win over China on the first day of the Singapore Sevens. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The signs are good for Hong Kong as they close in on their second successive Asian title after finishing the first day at the Singapore Sevens unbeaten, but more importantly with their try line uncrossed.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:38am

Hong Kong sevens side ready to give Rees fitting farewell

Hong Kong hope to repeat their Mumbai tournament victory in the last leg of the Asian Sevens Series in Singapore. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong will go all out to give head coach Dai Rees a farewell to remember as they attempt to defend their Asian crown by winning the final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Singapore this weekend.

13 Feb 2014 - 1:32am

Haynes’ return from injury boost for Hong Kong sevens squad

Anthony Haynes' return could prove vital for the final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Singapore. Photo: Sam Tsang

Livewire forward Anthony Haynes could not have timed his return from injury better with Hong Kong travelling to Singapore this weekend for the fourth and final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series with the crown hanging precariously in the balance.

13 Feb 2014 - 1:31am

Hong Kong’s Tom McQueen passed fit for Singapore Sevens

Tom McQueen appears to have overcome a shoulder injury. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Fears that Hong Kong would lose lethal weapon Tom McQueen for the final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Singapore in November abated after a troubling shoulder injury cleared up sufficiently for the winger to put off indefinitely an operation that was scheduled for late October.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:39am

Hong Kong hold points differential edge in Asian sevens showdown

Hong Kong are focused on winning the final leg of the Asian Sevens Series. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Jamie Hood’s decision to take a penalty drop goal in the final against Japan at the India Sevens might be more crucial than initially thought.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:16am

Hong Kong on target to win sevens tournament in India

Captain Jamie Hood will be out to inspire Hong Kong to retain their HSBC Asian Sevens Series crown. Photo: SCMP Pictures

It was at the historic 138-year-old Bombay Gymkhana that Hong Kong enjoyed their finest moment in sevens rugby last year when they were crowned Asian champions after beating Japan in the Cup final. Hong Kong will be hoping that’s a good omen as they try to hang on to their crown at the same venue on Sunday.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:41am

Hong Kong have to engineer own luck to keep Asian title hopes alive

Hong Kong will be playing in the India Sevens this weekend. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A hurting Hong Kong will need to create their own luck if they are to keep their title hopes alive at the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, said head coach Dai Rees on the eve of the India Sevens in Mumbai.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:18am

Kwok Ka-chun defers honeymoon to help HK defend Asian crown

Kwok Ka-chun will turn out for Hong Kong at the India Sevens this weekend. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The honeymoon has been put on hold for newly married Kwok Ka-chun as he gets ready for Hong Kong's push to protect their Asian crown this weekend at the India Sevens.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:24am

Super Saturday action may sideline players ahead of Sevens Series in India

Salom Yiu Kam-shing is among many players in the Hong Kong sevens squad to resume league matches on Saturday. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong's shaky hold on its sevens crown will face a severe test at home on Saturday before the third leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series gets under way in Mumbai, India, next weekend.

14 Mar 2014 - 11:26am

Another final, another agonising defeat for Hong Kong in Asian Sevens Series

Alex McQueen puts in a tackle in the semis against South Korea.

Japan's new sensation Lomano Lemeki broke Hong Kong hearts for the second successive time at the HSBC Asian Sevens Series when he scored in sudden-death extra-time to give the Brave Blossoms a spine-tingling, 17-12 victory in the Cup final in Thailand.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:26am

Heat is on Jamie Hood’s squad to leave Asian series rivals in the dust

Jamie Hood

The heat is on Jamie Hood and his side at the second leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Thailand this weekend with the International Rugby Board declaring that only the top two teams at the end of the four-leg series will qualify to play in the Hong Kong Sevens next March.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:28am

Rowan Varty stood down as Hong Kong sevens team captain

Rowan Varty.

Hong Kong will be back to full strength for the second leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Thailand this weekend but Rowan Varty will relinquish the captaincy to Jamie Hood as he focuses on earning his stripes as a lawyer.

13 Feb 2014 - 2:44am