The top rugby sevens competition for teams in Asia was organised by Asia Rugby, formerly the Asian Rugby Football Union. The men’s competition comprised three tournaments – Qingdao (5-6 Sep), Bangkok (26-27 Sep) and Colombo (10-11 Oct). The women’s series comprised legs in China and Sri Lanka. Japan won both the women’s and men’s competitions in 2015.
Forward has gone from Hong Kong Sevens debut to relishing the test of leading Bauhinia side in their bid to qualify for Rio Olympics
The Hong Kong men had the luck of the draw Thursday, topping the easier group for next month's Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic qualifiers, but the women face a more challenging route to a possible place at the Rio Games.
Sevens coach Gareth Baber says the margins between the Asian nations are small as Hong Kong try to find a way to beat arch-rivals Japan for the qualifying spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Asian powerhouses Japan beat a determined Hong Kong at the Sri Lanka Sevens on Sunday to win back the regional men’s sevens crown they lost to their Cup final opponents last year.
The Hong Kong men’s seven on Sunday advanced to their first Cup final of the 2015 Asia Rugby Sevens Series to set up a meeting with Japan at the Sri Lanka Sevens, while Hong Kong’s women will play Thailand for third place.
The Hong Kong men’s and women’s senior sevens teams both advanced to Sunday’s Cup quarter-finals at the Sri Lanka Sevens – the final event on this year’s Asian sevens circuit.
Watch Hong Kong’s women’s and men’s matches at the Sri Lanka Sevens. The two-day tournament, which runs 10-11 October 2015 at the Race Course Rugby Grounds in Colombo, is the final tournament for both the three-leg Asia Rugby Sevens Series for men and the two-leg Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Hong Kong’s women are now the hunted and not the hunter as they try to clinch the 2015 Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Sri Lanka this weekend.
Hong Kong claimed third place overall at the Thailand Sevens in Bangkok on Sunday after losing a gripping semi-final to Japan 24-19 that went to extra-time.
Hong Kong breezed through the first day of the Thailand Sevens, without breaking much of a sweat against their opponents - Taiwan and Sri Lanka - in Bangkok on Saturday.
Hong Kong sevens coach Gareth Baber has kept faith with his squad for this weekend's Thailand Sevens in Bangkok, despite the side suffering their first Asia Rugby Sevens Series defeat in more than a year at the China Sevens three weeks ago.
The Hong Kong women’s sevens side established themselves among the best in the region after winning their first-ever Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tournament title at the China Sevens in Qingdao on Sunday.
Flying winger Aggie Poon Pak-yan gave Hong Kong an electric start to their 2015 Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series campaign on Saturday, running in seven tries on the first day of the China Sevens in Qingdao where both the women’s and men’s teams advanced to the Cup quarter-finals without loss.
View all the match results and standings from the three-part 2015 Asia Rugby Sevens Series for men and the two-part series for women. The men’s tour comprised the China Sevens (September 5-6), Thailand Sevens (September 26-27) and Sri Lanka Sevens (October 10-11). The first leg of the Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series was the China Sevens, where Hong Kong won the Cup, and the final women’s tournament was the Sri Lanka Sevens. Japan were crowned regional champions for 2015 in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
With the Olympic qualifiers looming, Hong Kong women’s sevens head coach Anna Richards is trying to keep her team grounded as they kick off the season at the China Sevens in Qingdao this weekend.
Hong Kong have appointed young "all-star" Max Woodward as captain of the sevens team, who start arguably their most important season with the opening leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series this weekend in Qingdao, China. Woodward, 24, takes over as captain from Jamie Hood as Hong Kong look to defend their regional title and qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Hong Kong finished a creditable sixth in the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series qualifying tournament in Dublin on Sunday after losing 21-5 to South Africa in the Cup quarter-finals.
Hong Kong wrapped up another perfect Asia Rugby U20 Sevens Series at King’s Park on Saturday, beating Malaysia 52-7 in the Cup final to successfully defend their regional crown and maintain an impressive unbeaten run spanning the two years of the competition.
Watch highlights from both days of the Hong Kong leg of the 2015 Asia Rugby U20 Sevens Series which was staged over two weekends at the U20s Johor Sevens in Malaysia (August 15-16) and at King’s Park in Hong Kong (August 21-22).
Hong Kong’s senior sevens players are under no illusions about the size of the task facing them at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series qualifiers in Dublin this weekend, but they remain quietly confident of their ability to take a few scalps from the more fancied teams.