Asia Rugby Sevens Seriesi

The Asia Rugby Sevens Series is an annual series of tournaments for men's and women's teams from across the region. It has been held regularly since 2009.

  • Hong Kong’s in-form women are aiming for Olympic qualification to maintain upward curve plotted since head coach Andy Vilk’s arrival
  • Men will have evergreen Salom Yiu available when they look to atone for 2020 heartbreak in Japan qualifiers next month

The city’s men’s team beat Japan in their final, after the women produce a stunning improvement to overcome their mainland Chinese compatriots in the semis.

Liam Doherty put in a man-of-the-match performance in Hangzhou after being given a dressing down by coaches, and said acknowledging he was drifting helped reignite his drive.


Japan beat Hong Kong to Incheon title in first leg of 2023 Asia Rugby Sevens Series, while Andy Vilk starts life as women’s head coach with back-to-back wins before team finishes fourth.

Andy Vilk starts with four key tournaments – Asian Games, Olympic qualifier and two Asia Rugby Sevens Series events, the first in South Korea this weekend – but vows not to ‘change too much too quickly’.

In the wake of the debacle, Asia Rugby, the regional governing body for the sport, has promised to take the lead in providing the correct anthems to its 36 member unions.


Police spokesman says investigation will cover three separate incidents during which protest song was either played or labelled as national anthem during sports events.

Chief Secretary Eric Chan also says police will investigate possibility of criminal intent behind recent mix-ups at overseas sports events involving national anthem and city protest song.

‘March of the Volunteers’ titled ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ at bottom of screen in broadcast of Hong Kong team’s match in Dubai earlier this month, while same incorrect graphic used in coverage of game involving Tonga on July 23.

Chief Executive John Lee orders police to investigate use of ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ instead of ‘March of the Volunteers’ anthem at overseas rugby fixture.

Hong Kong’s men progress to cup quarter finals with wins over Sri Lanka and China before draw against United Arab Emirates, while the women will play in the plate after losing tough games against Kazakhstan and China.

After storming through Saturday’s pool play, Paul John’s side brush aside South Korea and Japan in the first leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series.

Beginning final prep for 2022 Hong Kong Sevens, Paul John’s men thrash the Philippines, UAE and China, with women’s side taking two wins from three games.

England legend Ollie Phillips, who leads new charges into Asia Rugby Sevens Series this weekend, thought request to coach China was a ‘joke’ when it was first floated.

Fit-again skipper Max Woodward returns to men’s squad for Asia Rugby Sevens, while women’s team target ‘crucial experience’ before next year’s Asian Games.