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#3230654 RLIF meeting in Paris

Posted by DlEHARD on 09 November 2015 - 07:24 AM

Why on earth would we take a RL tournament to the Asian part of the earth?

Of all the RL test matches since 2008 how many in what is considered RL territory have sold out and of those how big were the stadiums?

I'll tell you, sweet FA.

In a time when we are calling out for more test matches between top nations, some people want to take it tournaments to HK or Dubai. If we are trying to bleed the game of money, then this would be like cutting an artery all in front of empty stadiums.

RL does not have the international profile yet to host a financially successful event in Asia.

Hey buzz kill, Im talking about Nines (Which I qualified by saying "We could even one day host it.") or an Asian RL tournament. I didnt say the Intercontinental Cup, I said Fed Cups would be a hit with the Asian Nations. That means Japan v HK v Thailand v Philippines vs new Asian RL nations.


Relocated NRL games or even World Club Series would be viable in Hong Kong.


Maybe you should read posts before jumping in to be negative. Back in your box.

#3230619 RLIF meeting in Paris

Posted by DlEHARD on 09 November 2015 - 02:58 AM

Guys, Im excited.


Three things that stick out for me that we can pursue in Hong Kong.


1. Fed Cups. I can see that being a smashing success with the Asian nations. We need structure, support and something to aim for.

2. World Nines. This will have legs in Hong Kong. An ideal opportunity for us. We could even one day host it. I remember how good the World Sevens used to be at introducing countries to our game and I think Nines is an even better fit.

3. Development officers. We need one for Asia. We can expand on that and employ others below through funding through donors, crowd funding, sponsors or the Leagues. Our money can go far in Asia just as long as we offer training and oversight.

#3230615 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 09 November 2015 - 02:09 AM

The tour of the Philippines couldnt have gone better. It was fantastic. Manila Storm were fantastic hosts and the facilities were impressive. Our team of rag tag leaguies, union converts, newbies and people who hadn't played in over a decade really enjoyed themselves. The game was tough, Manila were strengthened by 6-7 PNG players who study there and started the club and play RL back home. Hong Kong won 40-34 but it was a real tough and entertaining games with not much drop ball at all.


It was fantastic to hear how everyone enjoyed playing, especially the union guys.


We are looking forward to getting them over to Hong Kong and hosting them soon.


It was a great launch platform for HKRL, everyone is buzzing and word will get around about how fun Rugby League is.


I bought three Manila Storm polos, a Tamaraws kit to go with my HKRL Residents jersey and singlet.


I never thought I'd be a Rugby League pioneer! I recommend to anyone to get involved in international development, even if it is just being supportive and buying some gear.

#3225790 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 02 November 2015 - 03:36 AM

What's lined up over the winter? I'd be keen to get involved one way or another.

Mate we would love you to join us. We have a really great crew and there are plenty of jobs and chances to help.


We are off to the Philippines this weekend to play the Manila Storm.


But after that our next event is likely to be a dedicated Tag event, because our last one was so popular, we had to turn teams away. Although it was split between Nines and Tag, so this time we want to focus our efforts.


If you get involved I think you will have a great time, meet Rugby League lovers from around the world. You'll get to experience HKRL but also get involved with the sport in Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and many other countries.


Send me an email at diehardtitan@gmail.com

#3220187 24 Oct: England v France - Match Thread

Posted by DlEHARD on 24 October 2015 - 02:36 PM

Every top tier nation need to help France. Enough is enough.

#3216454 The Passing of Bourbon Rat

Posted by DlEHARD on 18 October 2015 - 12:03 PM

So sad to read that he has passed away. We lost a rugby league brother, we are one big family world wide.



#3216450 The Passing of Kiwityke

Posted by DlEHARD on 18 October 2015 - 12:02 PM

Really sorry to hear that we lost one of our own.


He sounds like he was a tremendous man, I would have liked to have met him.


RIP Richard

#3198565 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 23 September 2015 - 02:11 AM

Looks like swift progress. Great work guys!

Thanks! We appreciate the encouragement.


We really do have an impressive committee of dedicated Rugby League lovers from many countries.


The next couple of months will be big for us.


I still need to decide if I am going to play 9s, tag or event manage. We can't have everyone playing! Haha

#3196206 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 19 September 2015 - 01:37 PM

HKRL Residents XIII to tour the Philippines


There will be more on the line than just silverware on offer at this year’s Hong Kong Nines tournament, with the event to give players the opportunity to showcase their talent and potential secure a spot on the HKRL Residents XIII tour of the Philippines.

The tour, which will take place in November, will see the HKRL Residents XIII visit Manilla in the Philippines to play against the Manilla Storm.

The Manilla Storm are one of the domestic Rugby League teams in the Philippines and have been selected by the PNRL to be the Resident XIII’s opponents.

The tour match will take place on Southern Plains Field in Alabang on November 7.

The HKRL will announce further details around the tour, including how interested players can join the tour at a later date

The HKRL Residents XIII is a representative team made up of open-age players who are current residents of Hong Kong and playing Rugby League. The team is not the international representative team of Hong Kong (Hong Kong Thunder) and is designed to allow a wider mix of players to have the opportunity to not only represent their region, but also help spread the Rugby League message throughout Asia.

#3189182 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 07 September 2015 - 03:30 PM

Great progress so far. I know a couple of schools have started playing rugby league, but beyond that, have you had much interest from natives? Or is it all ex-pats for now? Keep up the good work! 


We've been delighted with the level of local interest so far, especially from touch players. We hope to bring them in and we all place great important on it. Let's see how things pan out. But we are confident. We have had several locals down at our training sessions.

#3173625 ANZAC test scrapped

Posted by DlEHARD on 10 August 2015 - 06:34 AM

So we have a neglected fixture that outrates the Bloodyslow fade away into history.

Im disappointed.

#3159956 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 18 July 2015 - 07:14 AM

You Hong Kong lads seem to be doing a fantastic job!

Really starting to gain real momentum. Once the heat of the summer fades, we can really get into it.


I'm headed back to Australia next week and will return with a lot of Steedens. 

#3158851 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 16 July 2015 - 08:54 AM

Teams are invited to register their interest in taking part the inaugural Hong Kong Rugby League Nines tournament.
Taking part on Wednesday (Public Holiday), October 21 at Kings Park, Kowloon, the Nines tournament will feature six teams from around the region.
Each team that enters will be provided 12 jerseys to keep, provided by Hong Kong Rugby League apparel partner, XBlades.
The winning team will receive the inaugural HKRL Nines trophy, a bar tab at the Pulse Bar (Wanchai), whilst there will also be prizes for the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.
Details for the event are below:
Entry Fee: HKD $1,200 per squad
Squad Size: 12
Minimum of 5 games per squad
Date: 21st October 2015
Venue: Kings Park, Kowloon
Times: 9am – 3pm
Teams interested in taking part in the Hong Kong Nines are invited to register their interest by contacting getinvolved@hongkongrugbyleague.com

#3156628 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 12 July 2015 - 04:34 AM

Numbers at weekly training are growing and growing, we had over 20 on Friday evening.

#3148101 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 27 June 2015 - 05:45 AM

That's a fake beard surely? :tease:

Haha it's very real.