Behind every successful Sevens tournament lies a woman, and the one behind the scenes of the popular Hong Kong Sevens, Beth Coalter, will be leaving the SAR in December - to take up the influential position of International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens manager. Coalter will replace Mark Egan, who is being promoted to become the board's head of rugby. In her new role, Coalter will oversee the IRB Series, which includes Hong Kong as one of the legs. 'It is a whole new challenge for me and I'm very excited at the prospect,' Coalter said. 'But at the same time I will miss Hong Kong hugely. I have spent a huge part of my life here and I know I will miss the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union [HKRFU],' Coalter said yesterday. Coalter, who will be based in Dublin, (from where she originally comes), arrived in Hong Kong in 1974. She joined the HKRFU in 1987 and has played a key role in the development of the game locally. She was first a secretary at the union before finally ending as the Hong Kong Sevens tournament manager. 'We will miss Beth a great deal. But at the same time, this is an ideal opportunity for her and we wish her all the best,' said Allan Payne, HKRFU executive director. 'I will be travelling from three to six months of the year in my new job and I will be coming back to Hong Kong often. 'I will still be able to keep in touch with everyone here. I couldn't have left Hong Kong in any other way, not after all these years,' said Coalter. Asked what she would miss most about Hong Kong, Coalter said: 'The heat. I'm not looking forward to the short days and dark mornings in Dublin.' Coalter's first assignment will be at the Dubai Sevens on December 1-2. From there she will travel to George, South Africa, for the second leg of this season's IRB Sevens Series, before returning to Hong Kong to wrap up things here. 'I will be leaving at the end of December. But I will be back,' she said.