Up in the heavens, Venus was traversing the noon-day sun, the last such passing that will be visible from Earth for the next century. Down on terra firma, a bunch of men - most definitely from Mars - were gingerly throwing a rugby ball around.Thursday, 7 June, 2012, 12:00am
'I've lost my voice plenty of times and had several cases of 'Wan Chai throat', the affliction you get from too many late nights in the bars after the stadium. In my worst case all I could manage were croaking sounds in a Monday morning business negotiation.'
Chris Helm, Managing director, Advanced African Solutions (southern Africa and northern Virginia)25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Sevens is set to become rugby union's global game now that it is in the Olympics, says All Blacks legend John Kirwan, who warned this should not be viewed by the establishment as a threat to the traditional 15-a-side game.23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Even the International Rugby Board doesn't know where the road is heading. But let's hope it gives us back our tournament in its entirety next year. The overwhelming view is that splitting the famous event into two distinct competitions will make for a better and more competitive tournament, but is this the best model for the IRB to unearth the three new core teams for next season?23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
It was 1976, the last Fire Dragon year, when the then 20-year-old Liverpudlian Ruth Mitchell took three months off work, bound for east Asia to see her boyfriend and have an adventure. Little did she know the short break would turn into a 40-plus-year love affair with Hong Kong, changing her life forever, to say nothing of countless others throughout Asia and as far afield as Rwanda.23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
D.J. Forbes has been to Hong Kong so many times he joked yesterday it might be better if he had a permanent home here. It's no joke he has won a permanent place in Hong Kong Sevens folklore as a leader who does all his talking where it matters - on the pitch.
And New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens is grateful for that.21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
New Zealand will be missing lethal weapon Frank Halai when they defend their crown at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens this weekend.19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
The Philippines, Asia's new success story, and Guyana will make their debuts at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in March, a development which sees rugby extending its traditional borders even further.1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Hong Kong coach Dai Rees has called on his sevens squad to step up and deliver after being invited to play in the Japan Sevens, the new event on the World Series circuit.
'It's great that we will be playing in a second IRB tournament this season. But it is not enough to just say we will be figuring in two tournaments, we must go there and perform,' Rees said yesterday.29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Admit it, we have no idea what the world is going to look like in six years' time. I haven't a clue what it will be like in one year's time so figuring out six years is an act of pure conceit.30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
One spectator from Hong Kong will savour the occasion more than anyone else when New Zealand and Australia take to the pitch today in a rugby union World Cup semi-final at Eden Park in Auckland.16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
Hong Kong are out to prove to the International Rugby Board (IRB) that they should be given more than just one chance to play in the HSBC World Sevens Series when they run out to defend their title at the Borneo Sevens today.24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
England seemed unconcerned with the uproar caused when they announced their away strip would be black - all black.
As if that wasn't enough to raise eyebrows - and tempers - across the host nation, the English camp then went very public with their plans to tap into the world of science as they prepare to take their campaign for the Web Ellis Trophy in the antipodes.21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
The director in charge of finances at the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union must be laughing all the way to the bank as the union once again reflects on another successful Hong Kong Sevens. How much profit the HKRFU made from last month's tournament will be revealed at the annual general meeting in June, but rest assured it will be in the tens of millions of dollars.17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
Japan began their World Cup campaign in earnest on Friday with the 40-strong squad gathered at a training camp in Miyazaki on southern Kyushu island giving comfort and hope to two players who lost their homes in last month's tsunami.3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am