Rugby Union

England expect 'home crowd' boost

England coach Ben Ryan is banking on 'home-field advantage' to give his team the edge over their nemesis New Zealand and help them end a six-year title drought in Hong Kong this weekend.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2012, 12:00am

Halai's absence deals Kiwis a major blow

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

Big chance to play in front of the fans

Royce Chan Leong-sze has been a faithful servant of Hong Kong women's rugby for many years. But unlike her male counterparts, she has never had the opportunity to play in front of the So Kon Po masses. She hopes all that will change next weekend.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ex-captain's injury leaves Sevens team hamstrung

Former Hong Kong captain Mark Wright will need a 'miracle' to play in this month's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens after returning from Japan with a hamstring injury.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Tackling issue of teenage drinkers

Hong Kong Sevens bosses have teamed up with a leading youth charity to tackle teenage binge drinking at the event.

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) and the KELY Support Group will highlight the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption at the tournament, which takes place from March 23-25 at the Hong Kong Stadium.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ready to erupt

Imagine if the Philippines Volcanoes rugby sevens team were as popular as Manny Pacquiao. On Sevens weekend, the 140,000 Filipinos who live in this city would storm Hong Kong Stadium demanding to see their heroes. It would be chaos - and Matt Cullen would love to see it happen.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Contracts 'a deal breaker for on-field success'

England's change in philosophy - of contracting players for sevens - has been partly responsible for their poor run at the Hong Kong Sevens in recent years, says former coach Mike Friday.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong dazzle under scrutiny of player-cam

Big Brother's beady eye had a dramatic, positive effect on the Hong Kong team at the Bangkok Sevens yesterday.

For the first time, the coaching panel took video recordings of three individual players throughout the match to analyse their performance. The players, however, were not informed who among them had been singled out for scrutiny.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Sorry, David, you can't fight Goliath

After 36 years of the Hong Kong Sevens, we will have a system of institutionalised sporting apartheid heaped on our event thanks to the International Rugby Board's decision to expand the HSBC Sevens World Series to 15 teams next season.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Core-team status huge step for Rees' squad

Becoming a core world-series team would have big implications for the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, as the team would be forced to once again look at the issue of contracting players full time.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Philippines in hk Sevens debut

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

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Donald Tsang to address Davos forum

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Someone else voted in my place

Although it seems insignificant compared with the recent headline-grabbing arrests over fraudulent voting in the district council elections, someone else voted in my place in the Broadwood constituency of Wan Chai.

When I proffered my ID card at the polling station, my name already had a line through it.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Death by a thousand cuts

Like a thief in the night, the International Rugby Board has stolen the 'Jewel in the Crown' status away from the Hong Kong Sevens. What next?

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens has lost its position as top dog. For years, it has offered more points to the champions than the other eight legs of the Sevens World Series but the International Rugby Board has now ruled a level playing field must apply. Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory said. 'We have lost our status.'

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am