Hong Kong Rugby team

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.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 5:28am 1 comment

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

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

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

Belgium prove too strong for Hong Kong

Pale Tauti

Hong Kong will learn and grow from yesterday's 24-12 defeat to Belgium in the final of the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations said senior coach Leigh Jones who was full of praise for a brave effort which he described as "simply magnificent".

15 Dec 2012 - 2:59am

Hong Kong and Belgium face off in Emirates Cup in Dubai

Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong will have to overcome a stern test up front against a physical Belgium outfit today if they are to retain the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations title, said manager Dai Rees after he named the strongest starting lineup on tour, including fit-again scrumhalf Kirk Munro and winger Tom McQueen.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:10am

Hong Kong defeat UAE in Emirates Airline Cup

Hong Kong stayed unbeaten and will meet Belgium in a winners-take-all clash on Friday after dispatching hosts United Arab Emirates 51-6 in the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations yesterday.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:02am

Hong Kong prepare for Belgium with attacking show against UAE

Hong Kong rugby team senior coach Leigh Jones. Photo: Nora Tam

Defending champions Hong Kong take on hosts United Arab Emirates today with an eye on getting their attacking game in order before the big match against Belgium in the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations XV Rugby tournament.

11 Dec 2012 - 2:31am

Chris McAdam ready to make Hong Kong flyhalf role his own

Hong Kong manager Dai Rees has put faith in Chris McAdam.

All eyes will be on Chris McAdam as Hong Kong begin their title defence at the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations against Zimbabwe today. Kowloon flyhalf McAdam will take over the role played by Keith Robertson last year and expectations are high he can fit in as seamlessly as Jamie Hood did in the sevens squad this season.

8 Dec 2012 - 2:29am

Left field: Let's put rugby eggs in one basket

Hong Kong's victorious team celebrate after defeating Japan in the final to win the Mumbai Sevens. The victory makes Hong Kong the top sevens side in Asia. Photo: SCMP

At last, champions of Asia. Even if it is only seven-a-side rugby, Hong Kong's triumph at a former bastion of British colonialism, the Bombay Gymkhana Club, last Sunday is long overdue.

21 Oct 2012 - 5:18am

Hong Kong beefs up Mumbai Sevens squad after 6 players get injured

A tough opening fortnight in the domestic competition has left six Hong Kong internationals battered and bruised, forcing national coach Dai Rees to take an extended squad of 14 players for the Mumbai Sevens this weekend.

10 Oct 2012 - 5:20am