Hong Kong National Rugby Union Team

Sealed with a hiss as hosts get dream draw for Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong squad celebrate at yesterday's draw for the Sevens, which saw them placed in a favourable pool for the March showdown. Photo: Edward Wong

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.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 4:39am

Hong Kong eye place in 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

Dai Rees

Asian champions Hong Kong are in with a realistic chance of making an Olympic appearance in rugby sevens two years before the sport makes its first appearance at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, after the International Olympic Committee included it in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing next summer.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

HK prepare for 'backlash' after A5N glory

With the surprise element being lost, Hong Kong are preparing for a 'backlash' as an experienced squad make a strong bid to break Japan's stranglehold on the HSBC Asian Five Nations this season.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Be careful what you wish for

Forget the challenges on the field, the biggest hurdle for Hong Kong if they became a world series team next season would be finding a group of players who could commit to playing in 10 tournaments, says Dai Rees, head of performance at the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Coach Dai aiming high

Head coach Dai Rees believes Hong Kong can achieve their goal of joining the elite in the world series after naming his squad for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

Rowan Varty will take on the captaincy armband for the first time at next weekend's showpiece event at Hong Kong Stadium as the hosts chase one of three prized core-team berths up for grabs.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Kowloon out to earn respect in final with HKFC

It couldn't have been scripted better. Next week's Grand Championship final is a showdown between sides with a lot to prove to each other - Altus Kowloon out to boast that winning the league was no fluke, while Newedge Hong Kong Football Club keen to declare that losing the league was a travesty of justice.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Valley boys reduce Tigers to pussycats in grand final win

Tradition Valley were in no mood for fairy-tale endings last night as they won the G4S Grand Championship final with a clinical 29-3 victory over sentimental favourites DeA Tigers.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

True grit Tigers dash Club's double hopes

Forget the version of True Grit showing in cinemas. The real version was on show yesterday at Sports Road as Keith Robertson and DeA Tigers crushed Newedge Club's hopes of winning the double with a superb 13-8 victory in the G4S Grand Championship semi-final.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Baptism of fire awaits Hsieh as HK tackle Japan

Kowloon scrumhalf Kenneth Hsieh Chun-hang will win his first cap on Saturday in intimidating circumstances when he runs out against the might of Japan in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition in Tokyo.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

Three HK forwards may miss Japan showdown

Hong Kong could travel to Tokyo for the crucial last game against Japan in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition on May 22 missing three of the back five forwards who started last week against Kazakhstan.

12 May 2010 - 12:00am

Do-or-die time as HK face Koreans

'A work in progress' was how Dai Rees described it soon after he took over as head coach of Hong Kong in November 2008. Now, midway through his three-year tenure, the time has come to see if real progress has been made as Hong Kong meet South Korea at Sports Road today.

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

HK ready for World Cup warm-up in Europe

Beanies, fleece jackets and thermal underwear will be popular travelling companions as the 29-strong Hong Kong squad leave today on a groundbreaking three-game tour of Europe.

In the 57-year history of organised rugby, a Hong Kong team have never toured Europe - and certainly not in the dead of winter.

10 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Gold-medal dream dies after nightmare ending

The dejected faces of the Hong Kong men's team said it all after a historic gold medal was snatched from their grasp with only five seconds to play as Japan scored a try for a 26-24 win.

The party mood at Hong Kong Stadium turned sour as the long-cherished dream that rugby would be the first team sport to win a gold medal for Hong Kong at a multi-sports event was shattered.

7 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

HK to rotate captains for historic European tour

Captain Jon Abel will share the leadership role when Hong Kong step into the 'unknown' on the historic three-game tour of Europe next month.

Head coach Dai Rees, who yesterday announced a 29-strong squad for the first tour of Europe in the 57-year history of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, said the captaincy burden would be shared.

25 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Abel promises HK will be wary of Lion City

Hong Kong will be hoping they can stitch together two halves in games against Japan and South Korea and come up with a complete performance against Singapore in a must-win encounter in the HSBC Asian Five Nations at Football Club today.

16 May 2009 - 12:00am