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HKRL & HKTag Chairman Neville Metcalfe updates us on some of the exciting events coming up.

Places still available in the 'league' teams for both women and men so email us now at info@hongkongrugbyleague.com.

Stay tuned for more details on training, team previews & see you at the Nines !!!

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LOTS HAPPENING IN HONG KONG IN 2018!
 
We got the Nines coming May 27. Which also has a very popular HKTag tournament.
 
And for the first time ever, Hong Kong Women's Rugby League! With a Nines game taking place which will be North vs South hemisphere.
 
HKRL 9s draw and some info of the teams.
 
Highlights are new clubs in HK, as well as a Tonga development side coming and a HK based Samoa team. And of course the 2017 champs PNG's Diamond Chiefs are coming back.
 
 
 
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Teams announced for first ever Women’s Nines Rugby League domestic competition
23 May 2018

Domestic, HKRL, HKTag, Nines

[IMG]HKRL are proud to partner with Wanchai Stadium, Wanchai’s premier sports bar, to launch women’s rugby league in Hong Kong.
 

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The Wanchai Stadium Women’s Nines Battle of Origin will take place between North and South Hong Kong on Sunday 27 May 2018 at 6pm (full schedule here), at King’s Park Sports Ground, Kowloon.

Sunday’s festival of rugby league promises something for everyone with the Redsip HKTag Challenge, Redsip HKRL Nines, alongside this inaugural Wanchai Stadium Women’s Nines Battle of Origin, and finishing with an after party hosted by Wanchai Stadium.

Meet the teams

Video: meet the women battling for glory at the Wanchai Stadium Women’s Nines

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Hong Kong Rugby League 17 man squad named.

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Congratulations to all 17 players, many who return for their second international test match including the bulldozer Ben Ryan and Toby Lei who are traveling from Australia.

Ringo Lung keeps the captaincy and is joined by senior players, Jason Yip and JJ Nielsen with Gus Spence proving the old adage that if you're good enough you're old enough. Hogan Toomalatai, Richard Lindsay, Alvin Chan, and Mouclier Ben all also return whilst there are new call ups for Ghislain Baleyte, Craig McCurrich, Dylan Navra, Alexander Shvets and Tommy Wong who will earn their first International cap. Head coach Jason Fairleigh also makes his international debut.

The team are currently training well in the searing heat of Hong Kong which should condition them for conditions in Tokyo in June.

Head coach Jason Fairleigh had a few words to say about the current squad:

“It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance. We have been working hard on improving our flaws from the first game and hope to come away with the win in Japan."

The game is the last international for Hong Kong before they compete in September's Emerging Nations World Championship in Sydney.

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Currently 32,000+ views on the Hong Kong 9s Final livestream.

 

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Enjoy some progressive and brand new rugby league in Hong Kong.
 
Check out the HKRL facebook page for livestreams of the pool games from Pitch 1, Finals and Final.
 
HKRL 9S FINAL - VIDEO LINK (Currently over 33,000 views!)
Semi Finals - VIDEO LINK
Womens and Quarter Finals VIDEO LINK
 
And some other highlights and interviews. VIDEO LINK - VIDEO LINK
 
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Results from Week One of the Hong Kong Super League:

  • Toa Pacific 18 defeated Valley Broncos 6
  • Oreana Storm 40 defeated Wanchai Warriors 22

Impressive start by both the new teams... if the Nines is anything to go by, you would imagine that the Toa Pacific team would have to be favourites....  Warriors are again kicking off their season slowly... 

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HKRL now has a podcast, this is episode 3. 

Here you will here about the recent 9s and Tag comp. The first round of the domestic super league.

Here from two ladies who do most of the administration of HKTag and some interesting stories about how they got into the sport. 

Our own Origin battle looming, HK Island vs Kowloon and New Territories. Which will be played in a 9s format but will feature tag in mens and womens and contact RL in mens and womens.

Also hear from Mike Tsang, HK born but grew up in New Zealand, hear about how the sport has helped him and how it cuts through racism.

 

 

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Line up to take on Japan in Tokyo today!

 

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Calm before the HK Thunder storm.

Japan (UTC +9) Sat, 16 Jun 2018 – 13:30

United Kingdom (UTC +1) Sat, 16 Jun 2018 – 05:30

Hong Kong (UTC +8) Sat, 16 Jun 2018 – 12:30

Australia (UTC +10) Sat, 16 Jun 2018 – 14:30

NY, USA (UTC -4) Sat, 16 Jun 2018 – 00:30

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Hong Kong won their first ever International Test!

32-20. It was a tense game. And the Japanese were very determined and dangerous. 

Really proud of the team and the East Asia Cup will certainly develop into a successful and well regarded competition.

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Remarkable result from the Thunder. They definitely went across there as the underdogs and came away with their first ever Test win.

Certainly a good confidence boost ahead of the Emerging Nations World Championship.

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Hong Kong Super League Grand Final kicks off tonight with the Pacific Toa hosting the Oreana Storm.

Pacific Toa will go in as favourites, after going through the regular season undefeated, whilst the Storm defeated the Wanchai Warriors in the major Semi Final to qualify

Third and deciding match in the Women's Battle of the Hemisphere 9s will be curtain raiser.

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