Hong Kong Rugby

A gift that can keep on giving

Rowan Varty is chosen to represent the Barbarians against the British and Irish Lions.

It has been a momentous week for rugby in Hong Kong, especially the abbreviated version of the game. Rowan Varty might have brought distinction on himself and the local game by being chosen to represent the Barbarians against the British and Irish Lions, but the more significant achievement was the decision by the Sports Commission to open the door for sevens at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 6:29am

Home-grown prop Leon Wei to start for Hong Kong against UAE

Hong Kong head coach Leigh Jones. Photo: Nora Tam

Wei is one of four new faces in the 22-strong squad named yesterday by head coach Leigh Jones, but is the only one who will start. The other debutants are DeA front-rower James Cooper, Hong Kong Football Club flanker Will Hunt and Hong Kong Scottish back Dave Whiteford.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

Rugby tackles social issues at Chinese school

Trevor Gregory, Chairman of Hong kong Rugby Football Union. Photo: Edward Wong

Dr Yeung Wing-hon, principal of Confucius Hall Secondary School in Causeway Bay, called it an honour to work with the Rugby Football Union, which introduced the inaugural School of Rugby programme.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am

Fun, fun, fun for everyone

A fan joins the Beach Boys as they jam during yesterday’s performance. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The sun was shining like it was a Californian summer's day, and although the stadium is a long way from the beach, 40,000 fans rode the wave of the smooth harmonies and almost achingly beautiful lyrics of the Beach Boys.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Dawn breaking on a bright new era

Hong Kong rugby team. Photo: Edward Wong

A week from today, when all the excitement has died down, Hong Kong rugby will awake to a new dawn. Well, actually eight days from now, when the new funding cycle for the existing 15 elite disciplines at the Hong Kong Sports Institute kicks in. Make that 16, for sevens will soon be part of the cream at the top.

24 Mar 2013 - 8:47am

Union chief hails sevens teams for spreading gospel

Dozens of children watch the show as Australian sevens players Shannon Walker performs some drills at the Australian International School yesterday. Photo: SCMP

Gregory yesterday praised all 28 teams competing in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens for taking the time to get involved with the local community. The HKRFU estimates that nearly 10,000 children would come in contact with the world's leading players before the event kicks off on Friday, and stressed this interaction was a key part of the success of the Hong Kong Sevens.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:41am

High fives all round at beach festival

Hong Kong Scottish's Adrian Griffiths tries to take down Borrelli Walsh Tigers' Rohan Cook in the men's final at Repulse Bay. Photo: Felix Wong

Hongkongers reclaimed Repulse Bay from the usual onslaught of tourists as thousands descended on the popular beach for the third edition of the Hong Kong Beach 5s event.

18 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Little change to squad as Dai Rees looks to build on success

Fijian sevens star Waisale Serevi gives direction in a 'fun day' event at King's Park yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

It could have been interpreted in two ways: that coach Dai Rees has remained faithful to the players who earned Hong Kong the sobriquet of Asian sevens champions, or the lack of depth forced him to stick with the same crop.

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Jewel in crown helps propel massive growth

Hong Kong players run out onto the pitch at the first Sevens in 1976 at the Hong Kong Football Club. Photo: HKRFU

"Healthy" is how Brian Stevenson describes the state of the Union as the game reaches a landmark - its 60th anniversary - this year.

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Full-time contracts incentive for Hong Kong sevens players

Trevor Gregory

Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory said yesterday the board of directors has already decided to throw its full support behind the sevens squad if they are successful in clinching one of three spots available at the qualifying tournament at the London Sevens in May.

13 Mar 2013 - 11:08am

Rusty Hong Kong enter Spar International Sevens last eight in Harare

Hong Kong coach Dai Rees. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong will face hosts Zimbabwe in the Cup quarter-finals at the Spar International Sevens in Harare today after taking time to "shake off the cobwebs" on the opening day, which ended in a one win-one loss record.

10 Mar 2013 - 4:35am

Former sevens skipper Simon Leung out to regain his place

Simon Leung

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.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:32am

Sports Digest, February 28, 2013

Manny Ramirez

More than 800 players will take part in the Prudential Hong Kong Beach 5s at Repulse Bay next month, making it one of the region's biggest beach rugby tournaments.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:29am

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.

22 Feb 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