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Tens Rugby

Asian game ‘is improving across the board’

George Smith is tackled by All Black Anthony Boric in their historic Bledisloe Cup match in Hong Kong in 2008. The Wallabies lost 19-14. Photo: Reuters

If one person can gauge how far Asian rugby has come in recent years, George Smith is the man. Having spent the past three years playing in Japan's Top League with Suntory Sungoliath, Smith more than anyone can pass judgment.

Friday, 28 March, 2014, 11:19pm

Tana’s men keep the faith to triumph again at the Tens

BGC Dragons celebrate their GFI HKFC Tens victory with the Carinat Dragons. Photos: SCMP Pictures

Tana Umaga’s star-studded BGC Dragons appeared down-and-out early on, but stormed back to beat Tradition YCAC 29-14 in the Cup final of the GFI HKFC Tens on Thursday. It was the second time in three years that the Dragons have triumphed at the Hong Kong Football Club.

28 Mar 2014 - 10:33am

Tana Umaga on a path for redemption at Tens

Varasiko Duisokosoko of Penguins takes on Ollie Marchon of Irish Vikings on day one of the GFI HKFC Tens. Photos: SCMP Pictures

All Blacks legend Tana Umaga is determined to complete some “unfinished business” at this year’s GFI HKFC Tens.

27 Mar 2014 - 8:36am

Video: Hong Kong Tens insight

Christian Lewis-Pratt in training at Hong Kong Football Club. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Insight and opinion on the players and teams taking part in this year’s GFI HKFC Tens, including interviews with Christian Lewis-Pratt, Tana Umaga, George Stowers, Samiu Vahafolau, Alesana Tuilagi, Radike Samo, Didier Tison, Willie Walker and George Smith. The two-day tournament at Hong Kong Football Club gets under way on Wednesday, March 26.

27 Mar 2014 - 2:07pm

Penguins hope sevens skills can bring glory in Tens

Brothers in arms Mark Odejobi, Christian Lewis-Pratt and Callum Wilson plan to ensure Penguins hold on to the title. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Christian Lewis-Pratt believes he and England sevens colleagues Mark Odejobi and Callum Wilson can follow in the footsteps of their former teammates and help title-holders Penguins win the GFI HKFC Tens.

26 Mar 2014 - 11:38am

England sevens legend Gollings back in the fray

Ben Gollings helped England win the Hong Kong Sevens four times during 10 straight appearances from 2002 to 2011. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Sevens legend Ben Gollings will make his debut at next week's GFI HKFC Tens as the Englishman bids to help two-time finalists Samurai win the Cup for the first time.

8 Dec 2014 - 8:59pm

All Black great Murray Mexted brings academy team to the Tens

Brent Russell at the 2002 Hong Kong Sevens where he was player of the tournament. The South African will be player/coach of the Iranz side. Photo: Ricky Chung

If you’re good enough you’re old enough, they say, and at this year’s GFI Hong Kong Football Club Tens an exciting young side from New Zealand plan to prove it.

19 Mar 2014 - 2:13am

Po Leung Kuk just the ticket for HKFC Tens

Tens chairman Chris Harker joins (from left) Po Leung Kuk’s Jacky Lai, Elly Yip and Bridget Yu at their headquarters in Causeway Bay. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Po Leung Kuk, the welfare organisation founded on principles of protecting and supporting children, has been named as the official charity for next month’s GFI HKFC Tens.

21 Feb 2014 - 11:26pm

Top teams bolster squads for return to HKFC Tens

Penguins’ Will Helu is tackled by James Brown of Samurai as Willie Ripia closes in during the 2013 Tens cup final. Photo: SCMP

Penguins have confirmed that they will defend their title at this year’s GFI HKFC Tens rugby tournament, which will be held from March 26-27 at Hong Kong Football Club.

8 Dec 2014 - 9:00pm

HSBC Penguins defeat ULR Samurai 21-14 in Hong Kong Tens

Penguins’ Mike Lealava’a in action during the GFI HKFC Tens cup final against Samurai. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Matches can turn in moments and Richard Hooper exemplified that last night, turning HSBC Penguins from likely losers to definite 21-14 winners in the last minute of the GFI HKFC Tens final last night.

15 Feb 2014 - 12:49am

First day of Tens has it all for rugby fans

BGC APB All Stars' Matakai Ravulo charges through Rwanda's Philippe Mana during their GFI HKFC Tens clash. Photo: KY Cheng

Last year's winners, the BGC APB All Stars, were put to a tough test in their final match, against Borrelli Walsh Australia Country - a hard-fought game became quite literally so when former IRB World Sevens Player of the Year Orene Ai'i seemed to stamp on Country's Tim McGann.

15 Feb 2014 - 12:49am

Penguin Richard Hooper hoping to follow brother into Wallabies

Richard Hooper.

Having watched his younger brother charge past him into the Wallabies team, Richard Hooper is among a host of players with big ambitions at this year's GFI HKFC Tens.

15 Feb 2014 - 12:47am

Sevens stars to lead all-Fijian Samurai assault

Fijian Marika Vunibaka will lead the Samurai Tens attack. Photo: SCMP

Former rugby sevens stars Marika Vunibaka and Nasoni Roko will provide the pace out wide for ULR Samurai International who have chosen to field an all-Fijian side in a last-ditch bid to win the GFI Tens for the first time.

15 Feb 2014 - 12:47am

Penguins duo to provide cover for England sevens team

England sevens coach Ben Ryan.

Chris Brightwell and James Lightfoot-Brown will turn out for the Penguins and will provide injury cover for Ryan as England bid to push up the HSBC Sevens World Series standings on their Asian jaunt of successive legs in Hong Kong and Tokyo this month.

15 Feb 2014 - 12:48am

Rwanda Silverbacks thrilled over debut at Hong Kong Tens

Chris Harker, chairman of the Hong Kong Tens organising committee.

For the first time in the 28-year history of the tournament, a national team will take part alongside the traditional select outfits, which this year includes defending champions BGC Asia-Pacific All Stars, formerly known as the Asia-Pacific Barbarians.

15 Feb 2014 - 12:39am