Rugby Union

Singapore may pounce on sports hub delay

Hong Kong ran the risk of being left behind by Singapore if it rested on its laurels, Trevor Gregory, chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU), said, highlighting an urgent need to build the Kai Tak sports hub.

Sunday, 26 June, 2011, 12:00am

Contest without competition

If Hong Kong Rugby Football Union officials had any sleepless nights over the Chartis Cup - last Saturday's game between the Asia Pacific Barbarians and a World XV - then those fears were groundless as the game proved it can hardly be a threat to the hegemony the local governing body has over organising international showdowns. The idea behind the Chartis Cup was commendable.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Rugby bid 'hinges on faster work on arena'

Any delays in building the Kai Tak sports hub would scupper plans for Hong Kong to host a pool of the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosted by Japan, according to a top sports official.

'If the new stadium at Kai Tak comes on board only in 2019, it might potentially rule us out of hosting a few matches,' said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mason's learning curve leads to HK

Only weeks after switching codes, former rugby league star Willie Mason is hoping to pick up some useful pointers in the Chartis Cup encounter between the Asia Pacific Barbarians and the World XV at Hong Kong Football Club tomorrow.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Events fund needs more transparency

It will come as no surprise to many that the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union failed in a bid for government cash to help stage last year's Bledisloe Cup international test match between Australia and New Zealand. It is, after all, far from poor, thanks to the perennial success of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Just like old times, but even better

The prodigal son has returned. 'We have come full circle,' says Giles Morgan, the bank's global head of sponsorship, referring to HSBC's return to its rugby roots. After a break of 14 years, the bank is back and, along with old partner Cathay Pacific, will again headline the world-famous Hong Kong Sevens as co-title sponsors.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Plenty at stake for new boys UAE

Wingers Cyrus Homayoun and Ali Mohammed represent the face of rugby in the oval world's newest member, the United Arab Emirates, who play Hong Kong in the final round of the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five contest at Hong Kong Football Club today.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Children can have a ball

In addition to running the internationally renowned Hong Kong Sevens, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) also undertakes a development programme called mini rugby.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Today our editors will be keeping their eyes on ...

HSBC banks on the Hong Kong Sevens

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

HK beef up front row for clash against Sri Lanka

Hong Kong have strengthened their front row for tomorrow's clash against Sri Lanka in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition in Colombo, with specialist tighthead prop Nigel Hobler recalled into the 22-strong tour party.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Rugby takes root in villages for Sri Lankan orphans

His eyes are unsmiling. It is easy to picture 14-year-old Suman Nathan holding an AK-47 instead of a rugby ball. While the rest of the kids shout in joy and enjoy their first brush with the game, it seems to be serious business with this orphan from Jaffna.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

Varty in comfort zone as he eyes hat-trick of tries

With a little bit of help from new backs coach Joe Shaw - a former England sevens representative - Rowan Varty will hope to reprise his performance of three seasons ago when he ran in a hat-trick of tries against Japan.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Coach Rees optimistic ahead of Japan test despite injuries

Hooker Brent Taylor and second-rower Oliver Jones will be missing from the pack as Hong Kong take on Japan in their second game in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition tomorrow.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong face hard slog in Kazakhstan

A gruelling 13-hour journey to Almaty was just the beginning of the hard slog that awaits Hong Kong in their opening encounter in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition today.

New captain and outside centre Tom McColl knows they can expect no favours from Kazakhstan, who will be determined to make the trip back to Hong Kong even more painful for the visitors.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

HK Scottish reach final eight at Melrose

Jet-lagged Hong Kong Scottish can give themselves a pat on the back after reaching the quarter-finals of the Melrose sevens in the birthplace of the game over the weekend.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am