Rugby Union in Asia

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Mao Zedong

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Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 3:53am

Full-time rugby a must for HK

Another season is over and Hong Kong rugby has to again come to terms with the fact we are a long way behind Japan, who continue to dominate the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition. Japan hold a proud record of not only having won all five tournaments since the bank came on board in 2008 as title sponsors, but of remaining undefeated in the process.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Time to put 'mega' back into the MEF

It's good that the Mega Events Fund (MEF) has relaxed its rules about who can apply for a helping hand from the government to run events that will help raise the city's profile as well as attract visitors.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Captain warns HK not to take UAE lightly

Hong Kong captain Pale Tauti has warned his team to remember the debacle that they suffered in Bahrain two years ago as they take on the United Arab Emirates in the opening game of the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five tournament on Friday.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HK hungry for more action on the world stage

Hong Kong delivered a loud and clear message that they are deserving of more opportunities to play in the HSBC Sevens World Series next season after finishing in the top 12 at the Japan Sevens in Tokyo yesterday.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sevens hangover only just starting

Being successful does not mean you are assured of a charmed and stress-free life. It can be quite the opposite, as the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has discovered in the aftermath of arguably the best-ever Hong Kong Sevens.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HK call up seasoned pair for Japan 7s

Hong Kong have called up seasoned internationals Fan Shun-kei and Tsang Hing-hung for this weekend's daunting trip to the Japan Sevens.

Fresh from their heroic effort at last weekend's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, Hong Kong play in a world series event away from home for the first time and face New Zealand, Australia and the US in their pool.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Robertson off to Tokyo despite ban

Flyhalf Keith Robertson will leave with the rest of the Hong Kong squad for Japan tomorrow for the Tokyo Sevens this weekend, despite receiving a three-match ban from the International Rugby Board.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sevens fan inspired by local heroes

Calvin Chang first attended the annual Hong Kong Sevens competition five years ago with a wig on his head - and knowing nothing about the game of rugby.

However, today Calvin could not live without the sport. He is now a member of Hong Kong's under-16 rugby union squad.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City boosted by visitors' spending over rugby weekend

It isn't just rugby fans who have reason to cheer the Sevens: the annual sporting extravaganza is also a boon to the hospitality and tourism industries at a time of the year that is otherwise normally quiet.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Kyara scores but Moore's mind is on Sevens fun

Even winning the major prize of the day did nothing to assuage John Moore's disappointment at being at Sha Tin yesterday instead of at the Hong Kong Stadium for the Hong Kong Sevens, and he used the occasion as an ad hoc soap box.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Rugby bosses hail Sevens' new format

Rugby bosses hailed the Hong Kong Sevens' new format as a resounding success last night - and leading the chorus were its instigators, the International Rugby Board, and the guinea pig, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ardent fan just keeps coming back

Professor Judith Mackay, OBE (and ardent Sevens fan), does not look like your average radical. She has been an anti-smoking activist and was offered 24-hour protection by the Hong Kong police due to her beliefs.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


They were fierce rivals on the pitch, but Jason Robinson and George Gregan were on the same team last week, as they spread their knowledge of and love for the game as ambassadors for sponsors HSBC.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Missing: teeth, dignity, cow...

'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