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  • Dec 25, 2014
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Hong Kong Rugby Football Union

The HKRFU is the governing body for rugby union in Hong Kong. Founded in 1952 and an affiliate of World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board) since 1988, the union organises the world-renowned Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, as well as its own domestic leagues across all age groups, genders and standards of play.

Shandong tour offers local talent a chance to get noticed

Players from the “Hong Kong Champions” squad get psyched up before their departure on a two-match tour to Shandong. Photo: HKRFU

A squad of promising Hong Kong players from the HKRFU’s Championship and Premiership A domestic leagues have embarked on a two-match tour to China starting on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014, 9:59pm

Hong Kong rises above reports of ‘problem’ doping in UK rugby

All players competing in the Sevens World Series, including those taking part in the Hong Kong Sevens, are subject to random doping tests by World Rugby officials. Photo: KY Cheng/SCMP

A report in a UK newspaper this week highlighted the growing drug problems facing rugby, prompting me to ask officials here if the Hong Kong game was squeaky clean. Of course the answer was in the affirmative.

14 Dec 2014 - 2:11am

Union breaks new ground in drive to create more facilities

Current Hong Kong junior player Calvin Hunter earned his rugby stripes as a Renaissance College student. Today he plays sevens and fifteens for the under-20s national side as well as for USRC Tigers in the Hong Kong Premiership. Photos: HKRFU

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union on Tuesday marked another key milestone in its continuing drive to create more playing facilities for rugby and other sports in the city when it opened a new facility at Renaissance College in Ma On Shan.

9 Dec 2014 - 7:56pm

HKRFU names elite referees panel, unveils path for youth development

Elite Referees Panel member Tim Baker (left) keeps a close eye on proceedings during the recent Natixis Cup. Photos: HKRFU

The HKRFU on Monday announced a panel of seven elite referees for top-flight domestic and international matches in Hong Kong, as well as the creation of a new National Referee Academy and a Junior Referee Development Programme.

2 Dec 2014 - 7:07pm

Up and under in Ulan Bator

Hong Kong’s new national coach development manager Peter Drewett talks tactics with the Mongolia national 15s side at their Ulan Bator training ground. Photos: Andy Hall

While most of you were gearing up for the start of the new HKRFU Premiership season two weekends ago, Peter Drewett and I seized upon a unique opportunity to visit Ulan Bator for a training session with Mongolia’s national team – our fellow members of the Asian Rugby Football Union family.

10 Oct 2014 - 9:32pm

Rugby to make a splash at inaugural Hong Kong Beach Festival

Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones conducts a coaching clinic for students from the Lutheran School for the Deaf as part of the HKRFU’s programme for hearing-impaired youngsters. Players from the school will take part in rugby matches at Repulse Bay on Saturday to launch the 2014 Hong Kong Beach Festival. Photo: Oliver Tsang/SCMP

The sport of rugby has been selected as one of the showcase events for the inaugural Hong Kong Beach Festival 2014 and it will be the centrepiece of the action Saturday as the event gets under way at Repulse Bay.

11 Oct 2014 - 12:39am

Hugh Watkins raises the bar for refs

Good friends Alain Rolland and Hugh Watkins are reunited in Hong Kong. Photos: HKRFU

Four months into the job and national referee development manager Hugh Watkins likes what he sees. “There are some quality referees in Hong Kong who need a little fine-tuning and individual analysis on game management, but in the key areas I’ve found they are very switched on and keen to learn. I’m very excited,” Watkins said.

7 Sep 2014 - 12:23am

I’m the most qualified man for top job, says Pieter Schats

Pieter Schats was elected chairman of the HKRFU on August 21. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong rugby’s new chairman Pieter Schats admits that the fashion in which he got the top job was “wrong” but insists he is the best person for the job and has the support of the entire local rugby community.

8 Dec 2014 - 8:55pm

Andy Hall set to continue as coach of Hong Kong’s 15s squad

Andy Hall's only game in charge so far was against Uruguay in a World Cup repêchage match in August which Hong Kong lost 28-3. He could face them again in November. Photo: Xinhua

Andy Hall is set to continue as head coach of the Hong Kong 15s rugby set-up with the HKRFU launching an "internal" search for a full-time replacement for Leigh Jones. Hall's first task will be to get the squad ready for two home internationals in autumn.

30 Aug 2014 - 2:45pm

Former Hong Kong skipper Pieter Schats elected chairman of the HKRFU

Pieter Schats takes over from Trevor Gregory as chairman  of the HKRFU. Photo: Edmond So/SCMP

Former captain Pieter Schats took over as chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union last night, saying he has "some large boots to fill". Schats replaced Trevor Gregory who stepped down after eight years to concentrate on his new role as the president of the Asian Rugby Football Union.

14 Oct 2014 - 1:42pm

Loud and proud, outgoing chairman Gregory lets his actions do the talking

Trevor Gregory has always been a vocal chairman. Photo: HKRFU

Silence and Trevor Gregory do not go hand in hand. On the contrary, when the big, brash and colourful Gregory – that is how we described him eight years ago when he became chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union – walks into a room, you can expect a blast of sound.

23 Jul 2014 - 10:37am

Police, HKRFU grow ‘Don’t Drop the Ball’ initiative

Youngsters take part in the annual schools programme and take away important life lessons. Photo: HKRFU

The seventh annual “Don’t Drop the Ball” schools programme was celebrated in style with a mass competition at Po Kong Village Sports Ground on Monday.

17 Jul 2014 - 8:53pm

HKRFU must get the right person as chairman

Trevor Gregory (right) has been chairman of the HKRFU for the past eight years – a reign widely acknowledged as a successful one. Photo: AFP

Is there life after Trevor Gregory? This question has caused something of a storm in a teacup behind the scenes as the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union gets ready to elect his successor next month.

29 Jun 2014 - 12:47am

Lack of TV coverage hinders Asia’s hopes of joining Super Rugby family

Trevor Gregory says famous players such as All Blacks captain Richie McCaw are virtually unknown in Asia because of the lack of free-to-air TV coverage. Photo: HKRFU

Free-to-air TV coverage is essential if Super Rugby wants to build its profile in Asia sufficiently for the continent to host a team over the next five to 10 years, the head of the Asian Rugby Football Union has said.

25 May 2014 - 8:21pm

Asian Super Rugby franchise ‘a bridge too far’

Asia is not yet ready to join Super Rugby teams such as Stormers and Western Force according the regional rugby chief Trevor Gregory. Photo: EPA

Asia is not ready to host a Super Rugby franchise - and it certainly wouldn't be Hong Kong - the head of the Asian Rugby Football Union said, adding that no union or sponsor was in a position to underwrite the US$100 million five-year cost of hosting the southern hemisphere competition's 18th team.

23 May 2014 - 5:20pm

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