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#41 DlEHARD

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 06:11 AM

Things progressing well in Hong Kong.

 

Our first social event of the season, in support of the NRL Nines. A concept we believe has a big future in Hong Kong.

 

Click here for facebook event 

 

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#42 DlEHARD

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 04:14 AM

This week we speak to some players involved with starting the brand new National Rugby League in Hong Kong. We also speak to Renee a new resident to Hong Kong and touch rugby enthusiast.

 

Before you ask, Im not in the video. I was sick.


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#43 DlEHARD

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 04:59 AM

Thanks to Matthew Brown at the Rugby League Planet for his interest in HKRL and doing a story on us!

 

Hong Kong Rugby League - Future is bright!

Hong Kong is a small island nation off the south coast of the People’s Republic of China. Although small, it has a population of over 7 million people and is considered one of the Economic epicentres of Asia, if not the world! It is known for its big skyline buildings, deep harbour, home of Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee and thousands of businesses from around the globe. It has also hosted many international sporting events such as the IRB Rugby 7s, East Asian Games, Olympics, Tennis and Football tournaments.

Thanks to mainly ex-pats living on the small Asian Island, Rugby League is beginning to come to life. I got into communication with Brad Newman, an Australian currently living and working in Hong Kong who is helping Rugby League develop.

How it began

Rugby League has been popular on the island for a while now due to a large amount of UK, New Zealand and Australian expats. The problem had been that there has never been an official organisation or competition to help kick start the sport. In 2014, a Facebook page was created to help promote starting Rugby League in Hong Kong. After a few get togethers during the 2014 Four Nations tournament between interested parties, the concept was immediately created. Plans were made to have a meeting in early December to officially start an organisation of progressing the sport in the nation. From this meeting, the Hong Kong Rugby League organisation was established.

Hong Kong Rugby League at Present

Currently, Brad and the HKRL run social touch games every Monday night. They are hoping to turn it into a competition and create both Touch and Tag Rugby League which will become important tools for Rugby League development. Although a 13 a side format has not been established yet, they are hoping on Anzac Day (25th of April) to have an Open Day for interested players. There are also plans for school boy rugby league, kid’s clinics and a Nines tournament during the event.

Social events are key with HKRL plans as well. During the Auckland 9s, a bar in Wan Chai was chosen so interested fans and supporters of the project to socialise with others to create a community. This way individuals don’t get home sick and it helps create a healthy social scene for all involved with the sport.

Representative Fixtures and Future plans

Just as Australia has its version of State of Origin, Hong Kong will have its own version as well. The game will be Hong Kong Islands vs Kowloon- New Territories and will be played at Victoria Harbour. It is hoped that this will gain attention for the sport and bring in new individuals to the game. A national team representing Hong Kong (Hong Kong Thunder) is pencilled in to take on another Asian nation, the opponents however have yet to be chosen. The Thunder name was chosen due to the massive storms and typhoons which batter Hong Kong and their colours will be red, white and black.

At the end of the year, the board will review how their first year went. A full-fledged domestic competition are also in the plans of the HKRL board. Brad feels the future is bright for the game in HK because many players, volunteers, coaches and referees have put their hands up to help expand Rugby League in the tiny island nation. His comments couldn’t be truer because with Rugby League expanding across the Asian continent and the Asian-Pacific Federation supporting International Rugby League expansion, Hong Kong looks like it will have a big future a head of it both domestically and Internationally!

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#44 DlEHARD

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 04:45 AM

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"We are pleased to announce that XBlades, Australia's leading sports brand, will become HKRL's Official Kit Supplier for 2015. We will be working closely with XBlades to develop the Hong Kong Rugby League national kit, merchandise as well as being supported by their footwear and protective wear. 

James Hall - HKRL's Chairman: "We are very happy to have signed up with XBlades, who we feel produce high quality team wear and footwear, and importantly have a strong heritage in Rugby League with teams like Balmain Tigers, Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels in Australia and also Castleford Tigers in the UK. "



#45 Henson Park Old Firm

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 05:43 AM

Might have to buy a shirt

#46 DlEHARD

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 06:32 AM

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HKRL is in the UK now with our Chairman James Hall and Secretary Ray Meli visiting for the World Club Series and to meet with British Rugby League officials!
 
They were also invited to have the honour of addressing the Rugby League Parliamentary Group!
 
James and Ray will soon arrive home in Hong Kong and will share with us a full report of their adventures.
 
It's safe to say our entry into the Rugby League world has been warmly welcomed and we are excited about the role we have to play in the future.
 
Hong Kong Rugby League aims to be an international player. We are delighted that James and Ray took the time and effort to show this with their current trip. Well done lads!
 
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#47 DlEHARD

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 06:33 AM

More pics in the trip photo album CLICK HERE



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 04:40 PM

Ray Meli popped into St Albans Centurions and met up with some of our committee members last night.

Great bloke and really enthusiastic about Hong Kong Rugby League.

 

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It's on our website - http://stalbanscenturions.weebly.com/


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#49 DlEHARD

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 07:52 AM

Ray Meli popped into St Albans Centurions and met up with some of our committee members last night.

Great bloke and really enthusiastic about Hong Kong Rugby League.

 

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It's on our website - http://stalbanscenturions.weebly.com/

 

Wow thanks for sharing. I put it on the HKRL facebook page.

 

Thanks for the hospitality and support! We really want to have a reputation of getting around internationally, meeting people and organising. And of course playing.



#50 DlEHARD

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Posted Yesterday, 12:57 AM

We Need You! - HKRL Schools Competition and Clinics 

 

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School Forum - 6:30pm 10 March 2015 - Australian International School

 

Having a vibrant schools competition in Hong Kong is incredibly important to us. It will be an essential part of Hong Kong Rugby League.

 

Fortunately we have had many expressions of interest from schools from around Hong Kong and we are keen to build this into a well supported schools program.

Drawing off the experience of Secretary Ray Meli who has a background in children's football development in the Hong Kong school system as well as other members of HKRL who are experienced teachers and coaches we hope to deliver a successful program. Our team also has qualifications in education and sport development.

 

Initially with the help of some very experienced coaches we plan to introduce children to two different forms of a non contact variety of league known as Touch Rugby and then move on to OzTag. These forms of the game help develop confidence and the basic skills required to play 9 and 13 a side Rugby League.

 

We invite interested parties to attend a special forum we are holding about Rugby League in Schools.

 

This will take place at the Australian International School on the 10th of March 2015 from 6:30pm.

 

We would like Principals, Heads of Sport, PE Teachers, school coaches, teachers, teaching assistants and parents to join us.

 

We also would love to see people who want to help us conduct the competition, so if you want to help out as a coach, referee or 1st aid officer you are most welcome.

 

HKRL understands that different schools will have different levels of experience and resources, to this end we want to offer as much assistance and support as we can to these schools.

 

If you would like to attend please ring Jason Fairleigh on 69091168 or Ray Meli on ray@hongkongrugbyleague.com and 64449421.

 

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to be involved in this exciting project please do not hesitate to contact us.

 



#51 DlEHARD

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Posted Yesterday, 12:59 AM

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We Need You! - HKRL Schools Competition and Clinics 

 

School Forum - 6:30pm 10 March 2015 - Australian International School

 

Having a vibrant schools competition in Hong Kong is incredibly important to us. It will be an essential part of Hong Kong Rugby League.

 

Fortunately we have had many expressions of interest from schools from around Hong Kong and we are keen to build this into a well supported schools program.

 

Drawing off the experience of Secretary Ray Meli who has a background in children's football development in the Hong Kong school system as well as other members of HKRL who are experienced teachers and coaches we hope to deliver a successful program. Our team also has qualifications in education and sport development.

 

Initially with the help of some very experienced coaches we plan to introduce children to two different forms of a non contact variety of league known as Touch Rugby and then move on to OzTag. These forms of the game help develop confidence and the basic skills required to play 9 and 13 a side Rugby League.

 

We invite interested parties to attend a special forum we are holding about Rugby League in Schools.

 

This will take place at the Australian International School on the 10th of March 2015 from 6:30pm.

 

We would like Principals, Heads of Sport, PE Teachers, school coaches, teachers, teaching assistants and parents to join us.

 

We also would love to see people who want to help us conduct the competition, so if you want to help out as a coach, referee or 1st aid officer you are most welcome.

 

HKRL understands that different schools will have different levels of experience and resources, to this end we want to offer as much assistance and support as we can to these schools.

 

If you would like to attend please ring Jason Fairleigh on 69091168 or Ray Meli onray@hongkongrugbyleague.com and 64449421.

 

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to be involved in this exciting project please do not hesitate to contact us.



#52 brooza

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Posted Yesterday, 09:26 AM

Wow thanks for sharing. I put it on the HKRL facebook page.

 

Thanks for the hospitality and support! We really want to have a reputation of getting around internationally, meeting people and organising. And of course playing.

It was good to meet him and a pleasure to host.

 

I was wearing my HK Thunder shirt around the office on Friday


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#53 Henson Park Old Firm

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Posted Today, 08:50 AM

nice ''school's'  logo....jersey needs a red V on it though






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