HKRU Premiership

Marcus Ramage looks to inflict more try-scoring damage in Hong Kong Premiership after Fiji blitz

The 19-year-old hopes his prolific form in the Coral Coast Sevens tournament with Hong Kong youth team translates to his club side Bloomberg HK Scottish

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 January, 2018, 3:16pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 January, 2018, 9:45pm

The transition from sevens to 15s is never easy but Bloomberg HK Scottish winger Marcus Ramage will attempt the switch on the back of a scoring blitz for Hong Kong’s youth team at last week’s Fiji Coral Coast Sevens.

The 19-year-old crossed for five tries as Hong Kong made it to the semi-finals in Fiji and he hopes to cause some headaches for Kowloon in the Old Mutual International Men’s Premiership this Saturday.

“I just loved the tournament, it was a really enjoyable week especially after getting the call-up on the Saturday [to replace the injured James Karton],” Ramage said.

“It is the first competitive sevens I have played since I left school and it was a really great tournament, the level of the local teams was so high.

“I just want to try and get my hands on the ball as much as possible and just have a run with it [against Kowloon].”

Part of the Hong Kong Rugby Union’s elite rugby programme, Ramage debuted for Hong Kong at 15s level in the 2016 Cup of Nations and has played a handful of tests since.

Ramage was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Sussex in England – where his parents still live – and has a twin brother named Gregor, who also played for Scottish as well as Hong Kong’s under 20s before heading to Cardiff to study.

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Marcus plans to return to the UK to start university in September, meaning his international career past the Asia Rugby Championship in May and June is somewhat up in the air.

“If they’d like me to still play then I’d love to play but I’m different to some of the other lads because I don’t have any parents or family to come back and stay with in the holidays because I left Hong Kong when I was three,” he said.

Scottish and Kowloon are both languishing in the bottom half of the table and are hunting for much-needed momentum as the grand championship play-offs loom.

“For us it is just about getting that 80-minute performance. We’re looking forward to the play-offs and I think we can do really well,” Ramage said. “Kowloon are strong in the forwards and I’m sure they will try to run it in the backs.”

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Elsewhere, Societe Generale Valley tackle Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC and Natixis HKFC lock horns with the Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers.

In the KPMG Women’s Premiership top tier, the Tigers host Valley and Gai Wu meet HKFC, while the development tier sees CWB Phoenix and City Sparkle do battle and Tai Po take on Kowloon.