Rugby World Cup 2019i

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth edition of the tournament and will be hosted by Japan from 6 September to 20 October 2019. Matches will take place in 12 cities – from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south – with the RWC final now scheduled to take place in Yokohama after the Japanese government scrapped plans for a costly new stadium in Tokyo.

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The 26-year-old hooker gets ‘the shivers just thinking about’ upcoming Varsity Match at Twickenham, assuring Hong Kong team he is available for its 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

The 27-year-old Toyota Verblitz forward acknowledges development in Asia but cites the Japanese set-up for ‘bringing the standard up’, as coach Simon Cron outlines potential for future Asian player recruitment.


Gareth Baber’s men capture the country’s second-ever Olympic Games medal, with captain Jerry Tuwai & Co in tears after spending more than 18 months outside of Fiji.

Captain Victoria Wong leads by example as Kowloon Rugby Club premiership squad members put their spare time to good use as they stay fit and occupied.

Positive news comes as costs spiral for delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Japanese Football Association cancels bid for Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023.

The men’s squad are back training in groups of six, rebuilding their bodies and camaraderie as Hong Kong emerges from unprecedented global pandemic.

Hong Kong may have to play Samoa or Tonga to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, but first they must win the Asian Rugby Championship

The community stalwart has been made an honorary member of the HKRU Hall of Fame, and recounts a career built around the love of the game and the friends she is still making.

James Davies-Yandle says that rugby is behind the curve on products for fans to consume the sport, but that is set to change creating commercial opportunities.

Argentinian great Agustin Pichot believes the focus on established nations has meant rugby misses massive potential in Africa and Asia, but he intends to change the mindset.

Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams follows Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in showing support for China’s Uygur Muslim minority, risks angering Beijing.


The former rugby star has settled for an undisclosed amount over the termination of his contract following a social media post that said ‘hell awaits’ gay people.

From the ‘El Macho’ and the ‘Handles’ to ‘The Lorax’ and the ‘Meester Sexy’, Hong Kong’s rugby community has come out in full support of the cause.

Tim Baker talks officiating Japan vs Scotland during Typhoon Hagibis, making the controversial HIA call in New Zealand-South Africa showdown, and what lessons he brought back to Hong Kong.