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  • Jul 24, 2014
  • Updated: 1:08am

Rugby World Cup

Contested once every four years since 1987, the RWC involves the world’s top 20 national teams battling for the famed Webb Ellis Cup. New Zealand are the current holders, while England (2015) and Japan (2019) have been awarded hosting rights for the next two tournaments.

Injury woes pose headache for Hong Kong

Hong Kong rugby head coach Andy Hall will face an anxious few days as he waits for fitness reports on several key players before naming a 23-strong squad for the 2015 World Cup repêchage game against Uruguay in Montevideo on August 2.

Wednesday, 23 July, 2014, 10:30am

Coach Hall hopes Hong Kong guile can overcome Uruguayan strength

Senior Hong Kong coach Andy Hall says his side will have to call on all their guts and guile if they are to produce the squeaky clean defence that will be needed to beat Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup repêchage in Montevideo on August 2.

23 Jul 2014 - 10:25am

Captain Nick Hewson says 15s switch helps sevens cause

Variety is the spice of life for Hong Kong captain Nick Hewson, who believes the switch to 15s will serve him and the rest of the sevens squad well as they look forward to one of the biggest games in their lives when they meet Uruguay in the World Cup repêchage on August 2.

22 Jul 2014 - 9:29pm

World Cup back on Hong Kong’s radar after Canada trip

It will be back to the business of qualifying for the 15-a-side World Cup for rugby sevens stars Nick Hewson and company after Hong Kong returned from a 10-day Canadian training camp described by sevens head coach Gareth Baber as the "perfect springboard" for a bid to win gold at the Asian Games.

18 Jul 2014 - 10:16am

A hop, skip and numerous jumps ahead of biggest game in HK history

Five weeks of conditioning already in the bag, six more gruelling sessions to come, followed by a “short” hop across to the other side of the world, and we’ll be into the biggest game in Hong Kong 15s rugby history.

18 Jul 2014 - 10:17am

Wallaby Nick Cummins released by ARU to join Japanese club

Wallabies winger Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins has been released from his national team contract to sign with Japan’s West Red Sparks for next season, ruling him out of the 2015 World Cup, officials said on Friday.

5 Jul 2014 - 2:15pm

Don’t read results now as World Cup guide, says McCaw

The All Blacks are shutting out talk that their series win over England is a good omen ahead of the World Cup, insisting they are taking one match at a time.

21 Jun 2014 - 3:38am

Japan aiming to peak at World Cup

Japan coach Eddie Jones pledged that the Asian champions would hit peak form at next year's World Cup as they bid for a 10th successive win when they take on Italy on Saturday.

20 Jun 2014 - 7:26am

Australia chief rules out sabbaticals

Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver has given short shrift to calls for contracted Wallabies players to be allowed to take sabbaticals and play overseas, saying the move would risk a crippling player drain.

20 Jun 2014 - 8:07am

All Blacks look for clean sweep

The All Blacks have their sights on a world record run of victories as they look for a clean sweep against England in Saturday's third and final test in Hamilton.

20 Jun 2014 - 8:12am