Rugby Union

Wales legend Williams to take his final bow in HK

Welsh wizard Shane Williams will make Hong Kong the venue for his final playing appearance when he turns out for the star-studded BGC APBs in the Chartis Cup next month.

Friday, 11 May, 2012, 12:00am

Surface tension over turf state

A long-term solution to remedy a substandard pitch at Hong Kong Stadium is urgently needed if the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is to maintain its top-dog status, leading official Trevor Gregory has warned.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Highest hopes for the Sevens

If you saw Hong Kong Stadium's busy South Stand during last weekend's Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, you will understand how the game can bring people together. Most of our readers are not old enough to enter the stand yet, but they can still have a good time.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The Force is strong in this one

The triumph of good over evil was shining though the South Stand when Darth Vader, aka Dave Hughes, stood with his mates from the Rwanda rugby team, dressed as storm troopers.

Star Wars attire was appropriate because Hughes was 'the Force' who brought Rwandan rugby to Hong Kong for the Sevens.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Morrison finds he has plenty on his plate

Scottish international Graeme Morrison stands an imposing 1.9 metres. The affable centre is a newly appointed ambassador by both the Hong Kong and Scottish Rugby Football Unions, tasked with promoting positive coaching and acting as a role model for youngsters in both places.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Flying Fiji simply first class

Hong Kong might have picked a new chief executive yesterday, but it was favourites Fiji who ruled the roost in the city after defeating New Zealand in a gripping Cup final at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens last night.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

On a terrific run

Hong Kong are knocking on the door of the big boys' club today. Barring the way are old rivals Japan, first-up, and then either Spain or Tonga if the first hurdle is safely overcome.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Samoa deal rare loss to England

If it was really the Pool of Death then England had forgotten to pay the ferryman extra to carry their opponents across the River Styx. They stumbled against Samoa in their final pool game last night.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Volcanoes playing for Pinoy pride

Some Tagalog words have made their mark in the English language, one of the more notable ones being 'boondocks' (bundok in the original), which means a place far from civilisation, a word popularised by the American military.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Youngsters key to getting elite funding

So you think today is a red-letter day for Hong Kong rugby? While the performance on the pitch will be crucial to deciding if Hong Kong become a core team in the world series next season, there is a bigger event in June.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Choice is hard - All Blacks jersey or gold, says Muliaina

It will be a tough choice, but young emerging players in New Zealand will have to decide between the dreams of an All Black jersey or a gold medal at the Olympics. Achieving both will be difficult, says 100-test legend Mils Muliaina.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Switch necessary to help minnows, insists IRB

One-off David versus Goliath clashes have not helped the smaller nations to develop as hoped. That, plus the need to unearth three new core teams for the HSBC Sevens World Series, is what led to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens being split into two separate competitions, says the International Rugby Board.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Altogether now ... music to our ears

'Everybody likes Chumbawamba, but when it gets to the end of the Sevens and it gets dark my favourite musical moment has to be the operatic strains of Andrea Bocelli singing Con te Partiro. Yes, I know some people associate it with Will Ferrell in Step Brothers, but if you're Irish like me, it's a total disaster by then.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fears raised over sevens rule

Fears that some players might be undone at the 'most competitive Hong Kong Sevens ever' have prompted New Zealand mastermind Gordon Tietjens to question the International Rugby Board's decision to allow teams only the usual three substitutes per game.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong teams ready for Sevens

Tomorrow will see the kick-off of our city's annual rugby extravaganza. The day will see teams launch their campaigns in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens for men and the IRB Sevens Challenge Cup Hong Kong for women.

In both, top international teams will fight for glory at Hong Kong Stadium and Hong Kong Football Club, respectively.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am