Rugby Union

Pakistan looks to kabaddi to help build rugby union

Pakistani rugby players tussle for possession during a match between the Army and Lahore, which saw some robust tackles. Photo: AFP

Kabaddi, in which players hold their breath and try to tag an opponent before making it back to their half of the field, involves many of the skills needed for rugby - speed, strength, tackling and evasive running.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 5:01am

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

Canada won't take Hong Kong lightly at Sevens, says coach

Geraint John. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Canada will not take Hong Kong and their "40,000 supporters" lightly, said head coach Geraint John, who added the hosts of this week's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens were unlucky not to be part of the IRB World Series this season.

18 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

How landmark trip to Kowloon Tens helped spark a revolution in Laos

Laos captain Pisa Vongdeuanpheng in training for the Kowloon Tens. Photo: SMP

A documentary chronicling the Lao Nagas' groundbreaking trip overseas last year includes a segment where two players compare the size of the trophy they won at the Kowloon RugbyFest Tens to that given to Fiji, the Cup champions at the Hong Kong Sevens.

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

Wales brim with confidence ahead of title decider

Wales captain Sam Warburton. Photo: AFP

Wales, trailing by 20 points midway through the opening match of their Six Nations championship defence on February 2, have rebounded to such effect that they are now convinced the title is within their grasp.

13 Mar 2013 - 2:09pm

Wallaby Genia back after six months out

Former Wallaby captain Will Genia (right). Photo: Reuters

Former Wallaby captain Will Genia confirmed on Tuesday his return to the game after six months out with a knee injury, saying he would start for the Queensland Reds against Western Force at the weekend.

12 Mar 2013 - 1:36pm

Wales lock ready for Johnson’s ‘boring’ mind games

Ian Evans (centre) of Wales. Photo: AFP

Wales lock Ian Evans has said any verbal tricks played by former coach Scott Johnson ahead of next week’s Six Nations international at Murrayfield will come as no surprise to him.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:13pm

HKRFU to offer plan to cut the HK$7m cost of hiring Hong Kong Stadium

Home Affairs Bureau deputy secretary Jonathan McKinley. Photo: Dickson Lee

Home Affairs Bureau deputy secretary Jonathan McKinley revealed the government was willing to look at ways to reduce the cost of hiring the So Kon Po stadium for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

16 Feb 2013 - 5:09am

France should follow England's example, says Philippe Saint-Andre

Philippe Saint-Andre

France should follow England's example when it comes to looking after their players and not overloading the schedule, French coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

The 45-year-old, who spent over eight years coaching in England, said the lack of time allowed for top players to develop their skills had hindered and would continue to hinder the national side.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

Sport Digest, December 24, 2012

Europe may need to recall a former captain to compete with the United States in the 2014 Ryder Cup after the Americans "put down a statement" by calling on Tom Watson, 2011 British Open winner Darren Clarke says.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Chris McAdam and Tom McColl impress as Hong Kong begin title defence with win

Tom McColl

Zimbabwe might have the better rugby pedigree, having featured in two World Cups - 1987 and 1991 - but Hong Kong proved they could match, and better, such an accomplished team as they began their title defence at the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations with a solid 22-7 victory over the champions of Africa.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:03am

Hong Kong must match opponents up front in Emirates cup

Leigh Jones. Photo: Nora Tam

Leigh Jones has called on the forwards to deliver if Hong Kong are to stand a chance of defending their Emirates Airline Cup of Nations title in Dubai.

6 Dec 2012 - 2:45am

Big guns clash in World Cup 'group of death'

The Webb Ellis Cup near Tower Bridge ahead of the Rugby World Cup draw. Photo: AFP

England, Wales and Australia were all drawn together in a potential 'group of death' when the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England was made yesterday.

The trio all found themselves in Pool A at a draw conducted at London's Tate Modern gallery.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:37am

Washout for big names in HSBC Sevens World Series

Fiji's Vilitati Sokiveta Nadialobo tries to tackle Kenya's Horace Otieno in Dubai. Photo: AFP

There were cheerleaders doing it Gangnam style, acrobats juggling with footballs, 50,000 fans doing their best to impersonate everyone from Elvis to the Dictator - and then there were seven men in white trying to masquerade as a rugby team.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:27am