Robbie McRobbie

Robbie McRobbie

Robbie joined the HKRFU in 2003 after 11 years with the Hong Kong Police Force and is currently the head of rugby operations. A driving force behind the game in Hong Kong, Robbie’s experience touches on nearly every aspect of local rugby from the senior and tertiary game, touch rugby, facilities and IT, to tournament operations and support services. As such, there isn’t much around the local scene in which Robbie hasn’t been involved, making him a real authority on the game in Hong Kong.

Latest from Robbie McRobbie

Opinion | Time for Hong Kong sport to ‘join the dots’ and build on Tokyo 2020 success

Covid-19 has been huge challenge for city with sports sector suffering more than most, now a clearly defined strategy is needed to unite government’s three broad goals – and keep sport alive and well.

Covid-19 has been huge challenge for city with sports sector suffering more than most, now a clearly defined strategy is needed to unite government’s three broad goals – and keep sport alive and well.

19 Sep 2021 - 3:56PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Raise a wee dram to departing exiles who leave the lion rampant in fine fettle

There has been a changing of the guard this summer up at The Rock in Shek Kip Mei with three key figures in the remarkable success story that is Hong Kong Scottish RFC having hung up their claymores and relinquished the old bagpipes.

There has been a changing of the guard this summer up at The Rock in Shek Kip Mei with three key figures in the remarkable success story that is Hong Kong Scottish RFC having hung up their claymores and relinquished the old bagpipes.

23 Jul 2015 - 5:36PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | What winning world games gold means to disciplined services side – and Hong Kong rugby

The internet connection between Fairfax in Virginia and Hong Kong has been buzzing overnight with the news that our disciplined services men’s sevens team struck gold at the World Police and Fire Games.

The internet connection between Fairfax in Virginia and Hong Kong has been buzzing overnight with the news that our disciplined services men’s sevens team struck gold at the World Police and Fire Games.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:33PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Player diversity is key to growth and success of ‘team Hong Kong’

In recent weeks there have been a fair number of column inches devoted to the debate over the number of “foreigners” being selected for Hong Kong’s national football and rugby teams, and by and large this is quite understandably regarded in a negative light, blocking the pathway for local players to representative level. However ...

In recent weeks there have been a fair number of column inches devoted to the debate over the number of “foreigners” being selected for Hong Kong’s national football and rugby teams, and by and large this is quite understandably regarded in a negative light, blocking the pathway for local players to representative level. However ...

1 Aug 2015 - 8:34PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Sevens shows what can be achieved when Hong Kong pulls together

The dust has started to settle on the 2015 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, and already feedback forms are being completed and wash-up reports compiled as we identify what went well and what we can improve for 2016.

The dust has started to settle on the 2015 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, and already feedback forms are being completed and wash-up reports compiled as we identify what went well and what we can improve for 2016.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:35PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Calling all female athletes looking to tackle a new challenge

Remember the Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan? Well, we at the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union are currently seeking Susan or Jane, Abi or Agnes, or any other young lady who is interested in trying out for the Hong Kong national women’s sevens programme.

Remember the Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan? Well, we at the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union are currently seeking Susan or Jane, Abi or Agnes, or any other young lady who is interested in trying out for the Hong Kong national women’s sevens programme.

4 Jun 2015 - 2:38PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | My tip for avoiding the Varsity blues … embrace the dark side

The 133rd Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge universities takes place at Twickenham on Thursday and whilst it no longer attracts quite the crowd it once did, the fixture still holds a special place in the global rugby calendar and will be shown live here in Hong Kong.

The 133rd Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge universities takes place at Twickenham on Thursday and whilst it no longer attracts quite the crowd it once did, the fixture still holds a special place in the global rugby calendar and will be shown live here in Hong Kong.

1 Aug 2015 - 11:15PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | HK Scottish luncheon goes ‘hard core’ with pride, past glories and Chalmers

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of emceeing a question-and-answer session with Scottish rugby legend Craig Chalmers. The occasion was the third members luncheon arranged by Bloomberg HK Scottish rugby club, and the audience comprised many of the great and good of our local rugby community.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of emceeing a question-and-answer session with Scottish rugby legend Craig Chalmers. The occasion was the third members luncheon arranged by Bloomberg HK Scottish rugby club, and the audience comprised many of the great and good of our local rugby community.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:40PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | UK Premiership old boys offer tips from the top

With the kick-off of Hong Kong's own domestic rugby competition still a few weeks away, rugby fans will be eagerly awaiting this weekend's opening fixtures of England's Aviva Premiership and the newly branded Celtic league the Guinness Pro12. With our local clubs increasingly boasting veterans of these competitions, I thought I'd get the inside scoop and some predictions from those in the know...

With the kick-off of Hong Kong's own domestic rugby competition still a few weeks away, rugby fans will be eagerly awaiting this weekend's opening fixtures of England's Aviva Premiership and the newly branded Celtic league the Guinness Pro12. With our local clubs increasingly boasting veterans of these competitions, I thought I'd get the inside scoop and some predictions from those in the know...

1 Aug 2015 - 8:42PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Sometimes a ‘Marvelous’ opportunity just comes along

One of the perks of working in the sports industry is the occasional opportunity to meet a childhood hero or modern day athletic legend. Not that I consider myself a celebrity jock strap-sniffer, but I must confess it is interesting to meet in the flesh those whose careers one normally follows on TV or in the pages of the SCMP.

One of the perks of working in the sports industry is the occasional opportunity to meet a childhood hero or modern day athletic legend. Not that I consider myself a celebrity jock strap-sniffer, but I must confess it is interesting to meet in the flesh those whose careers one normally follows on TV or in the pages of the SCMP.

1 Aug 2015 - 11:16PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Clubs set for field day as King’s Park gets a makeover

The usual excited shrieks of youngsters attending summer sports programmes in the vicinity of Wylie Path in Ho Man Tin have been temporarily replaced by the clatter of heavy machinery as the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union replaces the three artificial pitches at its King’s Park Sports Ground.

The usual excited shrieks of youngsters attending summer sports programmes in the vicinity of Wylie Path in Ho Man Tin have been temporarily replaced by the clatter of heavy machinery as the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union replaces the three artificial pitches at its King’s Park Sports Ground.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:46PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Work starts now to ensure Sevens hits all the right notes

Organising the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is a task most easily equated to painting Scotland’s 2.5-kilometre Forth Rail Bridge – no sooner have you completed the job than you have to start again. Although on the plus side with the Sevens, you don’t often get orange paint on your clothes.

Organising the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is a task most easily equated to painting Scotland’s 2.5-kilometre Forth Rail Bridge – no sooner have you completed the job than you have to start again. Although on the plus side with the Sevens, you don’t often get orange paint on your clothes.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:47PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | After the final whistle, the ‘legacy game’ begins

The local rugby community has been and continues to be spoiled by a succession of international competitions here in Hong Kong. However, the ‘game’ doesn't always end with the final whistle.

The local rugby community has been and continues to be spoiled by a succession of international competitions here in Hong Kong. However, the ‘game’ doesn't always end with the final whistle.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:50PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Hong Kong’s ‘absent sons’ leave a fine rugby legacy

Last week’s numerous Burns Supper celebrations were a reminder of how expatriate social and business groups have long played a prominent role in Hong Kong’s societal fabric – from the swirling kilts and skirling pipes of the St Andrew’s Society to the hanky-waving Morris Dancers of the St George’s Society.

Last week’s numerous Burns Supper celebrations were a reminder of how expatriate social and business groups have long played a prominent role in Hong Kong’s societal fabric – from the swirling kilts and skirling pipes of the St Andrew’s Society to the hanky-waving Morris Dancers of the St George’s Society.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:56PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Uniformed ‘brothers’ play key role in growth of the game

Every year our domestic rugby league takes a break over the festive period to allow for holidays and guilt-free consumption of mince pies and Quality Street, but not all competitive activity ceases as Hong Kong's Disciplined Services host their annual fixture against the People’s Liberation Army for the TK Lai Cup.

Every year our domestic rugby league takes a break over the festive period to allow for holidays and guilt-free consumption of mince pies and Quality Street, but not all competitive activity ceases as Hong Kong's Disciplined Services host their annual fixture against the People’s Liberation Army for the TK Lai Cup.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:54PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | ‘Sport has the power to change the world’

I never met Nelson Mandela, I'm not a South African, and I haven't even read Long Walk to Freedom, and yet like millions of others around the world my life has been touched by the words and actions of this great man.

I never met Nelson Mandela, I'm not a South African, and I haven't even read Long Walk to Freedom, and yet like millions of others around the world my life has been touched by the words and actions of this great man.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:53PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Dubai gets its groove back

The buzz is back in Dubai – that was the message on everyone's lips after an almost perfect weekend of rugby at “7he Sevens” complex. The sun shone, the corporates wined-and-dined, and an estimated 50,000 spectators on the final day enjoyed some fabulous rugby.

The buzz is back in Dubai – that was the message on everyone's lips after an almost perfect weekend of rugby at “7he Sevens” complex. The sun shone, the corporates wined-and-dined, and an estimated 50,000 spectators on the final day enjoyed some fabulous rugby.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:57PM
Crouch, touch ... engage | Jury still out on Dubai Sevens

Dubai and its sevens tournament are giving me rather mixed emotions. I suspect that as a proud member of the organisational crew for our own Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens I was hoping my first experience of this famed rugby festival in the Middle East would be mildly negative and leave me able to safely declare that it wasn’t a patch on our own event ... but I'm just not sure.

Dubai and its sevens tournament are giving me rather mixed emotions. I suspect that as a proud member of the organisational crew for our own Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens I was hoping my first experience of this famed rugby festival in the Middle East would be mildly negative and leave me able to safely declare that it wasn’t a patch on our own event ... but I'm just not sure.

1 Aug 2015 - 8:58PM