Rugby Union

For the love of rugby

For rugby fans, the World Cup is a must-see event. Many of them are happy to travel thousands of kilometres to the host nation to watch games.

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011, 12:00am

Sevens organisers stand on own feet

If any evidence were needed that the Rugby Sevens is a Hong Kong institution, it is to be found in the reaction to consecutive ticket price rises of 15 and 20 per cent. Fans taken aback by news of the latest increase, for the tournament next March, were quick to say they would not be breaking their habit of attending the tournament.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong look on bright side despite quarter-final defeat

Hong Kong bowed out in the Cup quarter-finals at the Noosa International Sevens, losing 33-12 to the Aussie Thunderbolts. Then, in an exhibition game against pre-tournament favourites Red Rock from Fiji, the Rowan Varty-led team won 17-12. 'You can't complain with four wins and one loss, especially when that loss was close considering they led 19-12 until the last few minutes.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK rugby team chase sun to lift ranking

In a bid to boost their world ranking, Hong Kong will shun snowbound Europe and go to Dubai next month to take part in a new tournament that will also feature Brazil, Kenya and hosts the United Arab Emirates.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Wrong decisions can turn out right

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

Who will win the World Cup? The answer isn't black and white

Gareth Thomas, Secretary of the St David's Society Hong Kong Partner, Herbert Smith international law firm

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

How a ball game played its part in changing a nation

In his 1994 inaugural speech, Nelson Mandela said: 'If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.'

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Young spinal victim set to see his All Black idols

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

Who said it?

I'm good to go

The words New Zealanders were overjoyed to hear as All Blacks captain Richie McCaw yesterday declared his fitness to play in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina this afternoon

It's the proverbial scene of the crime

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Winning all in the mind for HK

For a moment we thought that Hong Kong rugby coach Dai Rees was referring to the Grateful Dead. But no, on playing back the tape recorder, it was clear he said 'brain dead' and wasn't talking about his taste in music.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Girls are keen to give it a try

Girls make up between 7 and 10 per cent of any year group from age five to 11 in mini rugby, and it's a growing field. At last month's Te Aka Aorere tournament, a mixed event, the girls were no less competitive than the boys.

But as a member of the Hong Kong women's team points out, it's a struggle to keep girls in the sport as they grow into their teens.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK out to show who's Asia's No 1

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

Union city blues

Paul Croucher had stepped out of his bus for a breath of fresh air when the earth began to buckle. The next thing he knew, he was being pulled up from the gutter. Small faces creased with fear filled his vision.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Actor Gerard Depardieu (below) added to the sagging reputation of middle-aged Frenchmen travelling abroad by relieving himself on a CityJet flight from Paris to Dublin earlier this month. Whether the one-time heartthrob, now 62, had been drinking or suffers prostate problems has been a subject of debate.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A risk worth taking

Martin Snedden leads the way into his office with the confident air of a man who is in complete control but a container of vitamin supplements sitting in the centre of his desk suggests Snedden is not beyond seeking a little help when the need arises.

And well Snedden might.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am