Hong Kong Sevens

The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is an international seven-a-side rugby tournament held every March as part of the Sevens World Series and featuring the world’s top teams.

Kung Fu Rugby extravaganza to give Hong Kong Sevens fans a kick

Kung Fu Rugby extravaganza to give Hong Kong Sevens fans a kick

The 1974 disco hit Kung Fu Fighting will spring to mind when Hong Kong Sevens fans are treated to a special show on Sunday. Organisers hope the Kung Fu Rugby show will entertain the crowds as part of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the annual rugby extravaganza.

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015, 2:34pm

Video: Best of the Sevens

Inspirational New Zealand captain DJ Forbes was voted player of the tournament. Photo: IRB

Check out the IRB’s pick of the 14 best tries from the 2014 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens – that’s seven each from the HSBC Sevens World Series tournament and the qualifier competition. Included among the selection are tries by champions New Zealand, runners-up England, USA, Spain, France and Hong Kong.

7 Apr 2014 - 6:26pm

Gareth Baber’s period of grace is over

Gareth Baber, head coach of Hong Kong's Sevens team, must bring back a gold medal from the Incheon Asian Games. Photo: Nora Tam

The honeymoon is over for Gareth Baber. Now starts the daily grind of marriage - that of rugby sevens and the Hong Kong Sports Institute where the Welshman is the head coach of the only team-sport programme.

10 Jan 2015 - 6:50pm

Refs need to raise their game, too

Try or no try? This one didn't need to go to the TMO. Photo: KY Cheng

My biggest fear when rugby sevens makes its debut at the Rio Olympics in 2016 is it will be ruined as a showpiece by the man in the middle.

4 Apr 2014 - 10:04am

March dates may change if Hong Kong secures last leg

HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory (centre) at the 2014 Sevens launch press conference with players and coaches. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Hong Kong Sevens will have to be pushed back a fortnight to mid-April in 2016 if the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's ambition to become the climactic final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series is to be realised.

8 Dec 2014 - 9:03pm

Japan slice through Italy to earn World Series berth

Japan’s Kenki Fukuoka in action against Italy during their HSBC Sevens World Series qualifier final at the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday. Photo: Nora Tam

Imperious Japan became Asia's first team to win a core spot on the HSBC Sevens World Series after brushing aside an ineffectual Italy in the final of the 12-team qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens.

31 Mar 2014 - 1:29am

‘Offside test’ no longer a reliable instrument of rugby knowledge

Japan's Lomano Lemeki brushes off Russian defenders in their World Series qualifier on the final day. Photo: Dickson Lee

My colleague Tim Noonan averred on Sunday that the attraction of rugby for many female spectators is in large part to do with watching physically fit men run about.

14 Jan 2015 - 3:06pm 1 comment

Hong Kong could host final leg of 2016 World Series, says IRB official

A panorama of a packed Hong Kong Stadium on the final day of the 2014 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday. Photo: Antony Dickson

Hong Kong will be considered to become the climactic final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in 2016, top sevens official Avan Lee said as all stakeholders and the International Rugby Board were to meet in the city on Monday to discuss the game’s well-being and future.

31 Mar 2014 - 12:40am

Scotland bounce back in style to crush France in Bowl final

Scotland's James Eddie charges ahead in his team's victory against Argentina on Sunday. Photo: KY Cheng

Uninspiring performances early in the tournament cost Scotland the chance to step up against the top teams, but they put it together on Sunday to dominate France in a 31-5 whipping in the Hong Kong Sevens Bowl final.

1 Apr 2014 - 9:43am 1 comment

South Africa beat Wales to win Plate, but rue loss of World Series lead

South Africa's Justin Geduld is overwhelmed by the USA defence during their Plate semi-final on Sunday. Photo: Felix Wong

Blitzbokke take consolation in their Plate final victory over the Welsh, but are disappointed at being unable to make a strong run in the Cup and for conceding their lead over New Zealand in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

31 Mar 2014 - 12:09am

Kenya finish on a high after earlier disappointment

It's smiles all round as Kenya players celebrate their 17-10 victory over Portugal in the Shield final. Photo: Edmund So

Disappointed by some poor performances over the weekend, Kenya finished on a high by defeating Portugal 17-10 in the Shield final.

30 Mar 2014 - 11:29pm

There’s no one quite like Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu with his wife Nadene at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Antony Dickson

Legendary All Black winger Jonah Lomu returned to Hong Kong for the first time in almost 10 years to enjoy the festivities on Sunday.

30 Mar 2014 - 11:20pm

Christine Loh takes first step to make the Sevens green-friendly

Christine Loh wants to see more environmental awareness. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The new "greener" Sevens may take a while to invade fans' consciousness, but environmental crusader Christine Loh Kung-wai stressed the initiative was only in its infancy, being haphazardly brought together in six weeks.

30 Mar 2014 - 10:56pm

Charities harness excesses of the Sevens to tackle poverty in Hong Kong

The Mission Possible initiative invited children to its box at the Sevens to see a magic show. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The money spent at the Sevens over the weekend, where corporate boxes cost upwards of half a million dollars, is simply mind-boggling. But for one local charity, harnessing the event's excesses brings much-needed funds to alleviate poverty in Hong Kong.

30 Mar 2014 - 10:45pm

Hong Kong rugby needs ‘depth’ to strengthen squad

All Blacks legend Christian Cullen at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang

Christian Cullen has been among those taking great interest in how the advent of full professionalism has started to alter the landscape of sevens rugby in Hong Kong.

30 Mar 2014 - 11:52pm 1 comment