Rugby Union

IRB under pressure to save World Cup Sevens

The 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow may not be the last edition, with the International Rugby Board considering the prospect of carrying on with the quadrennial tournament, according to top official Mike Miller.

Tuesday, 29 March, 2011, 12:00am

Tokyo tournament tipped to join world series

Tokyo is favourite to host one of two new legs in an expanded HSBC Sevens World Series. The city could come on board either next year or in 2013.

International Rugby Board chief executive Mike Miller said there was every likelihood of the annual series increasing from eight to 10 tournaments next year, and that one of these stops would be in Asia.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

'This victory is for Christchurch'

They were doing the twist in the VIP box and dancing in the stands, but New Zealand rocked where it mattered - on the pitch - as they outclassed England 29-17 to win the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens yesterday.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Capturing the whole crazy show on film

Smile; you're on candid camera. Or you could be come November, when Nat Geo is to air a programme about this weekend's tournament.

Longtime Hong Kong resident Mark Erder has three film crews and a 20-person team in the stadium shooting a film called Inside the Sevens.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

For so many of us of an advanced age, this Hong Kong Sevens thing just seems so damn familiar. The revelry, the pageantry, the debauchery and the massive queue to get into the frighteningly dense and suitably lubed South Stand, I've seen it oh, about 15 or 20 times. Yawn. Down on the pitch it's more of the same.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Rising Russia seek support

With much talk in the rugby world focused on the inclusion of sevens in the 2016 Olympics, Russia coach Pavel Baranovskiy has called for more government and International Rugby Board support to boost the country's rugby boom and prospects at the Sevens World Cup that will be held in Moscow in two years.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Greta Garbo once said: 'Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.' You might say the same thing about Tony Tyler, CEO of Cathay Pacific.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Taylor packs his diary like an All Blacks scrum

When actor Robin Williams was once asked, 'Why don't you slow down?' he answered, 'Why don't you speed up?'

This could be the mantra of many of Hong Kong's top-flight corporates in Sevens season. However, for a full diary this week, president of BT Asia Pacific Kevin Taylor might take the biscuit.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Normal service restored by still-smarting Wales

Once they were slayers of world champions. But last night giant-killers Hong Kong tasted the revenge of the fallen and it was hard to stomach as they tumbled to a 35-12 defeat at the hands of Wales in their opening pool game.

The defeat put to rest a grudge which had been an irritant for Wales the past year.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

We want to win it for Christchurch

New Zealand are determined to win the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens for the people of Christchurch, said coach Gordon Tietjens, as the 2011 edition becomes an emotional rollercoaster in the wake of a series of natural disasters.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

Put your drink down for a second there and look away from the mirror if at all possible while sizing up your wardrobe options for this weekend's carnival. Have a gander at those precious tickets on the counter. Look at them good and hard. Now tell me where it says 'Asia's largest costume ball?' Nowhere, at least not officially.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Barbarians given wake-up call as going gets tougher

Australia legend George Gregan has only just put his feet up after bringing an end to his glittering career, but the world's most capped player and his BGC Asia Pacific Barbarians teammates were handed a 'reality check' yesterday after scrapping into the Cup quarter-finals at the GFI HKFC Tens.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Waikato Wonder out to make his presence felt

Declan O'Donnell was as tense as a coiled spring on that fateful day in November in Waikato when he heard New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens was going to be in the stands.

Perhaps he could catch Tietjens' eye, and it would open the door for him to move from Te Rapa, a small club in Hamilton, and on to bigger and better things.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Captain Forbes returns to bolster New Zealand challenge

Experience counts in Hong Kong and the return to the fray of New Zealand's evergreen captain DJ Forbes will come as a huge relief for coach Gordon Tietjens.

Forbes missed the last leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Las Vegas due to a hamstring injury and his absence was felt as New Zealand were bundled out in the semi-finals.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Slash is sweet child of the South Stand

Veteran rocker Slash concludes his Asian Tour in Hong Kong on Tuesday, just three days before the Sevens kicks off, and the former Guns 'n' Roses lead guitarist tips his famed hat to the event where his Sweet Child O' Mine number has become a stadium favourite.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am