2nd Asian School Rugby Sevens Championship 2016 22-26 July, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong School Sports Federation (HKSSF) has announced that Hong Kong will host the 2nd Asian Schools Rugby Sevens Championship on 23rd and 24th July 2016 at King’s Park Sports Ground in Ho Man Tin.
After the great success of the inaugural championship in 2013, the Asian School Sport Federation were delighted to see the event return to Hong Kong, with HKSSF again partnering with the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) to deliver what will be another important milestone in Asian rugby development.
Last time Hong Kong were crowned Cup champions in an 8 team boys’ competition, and this year they will face 9 determined national teams representing Cambodia, China, Guam, Malaysia Singapore, Thailand, and as well as debutants India, Mongolia and Sri Lanka. The championship has been made possible thanks to the generous support of major sponsor Societe Generale, who have a strong track record of investment in rugby both locally in Hong Kong and around the globe, and will also be subvented through the Government’s Home Affairs Bureau.
HKSSF Chairman of External School Sports Committee Martin Lai said, “The memories of 2013 were so vivid, so filled with excitement in my mind just like yesterday. I wish all participating teams a great success throughout the championship, and an enjoyable experience while staying in an amazing and energetic city like Hong Kong.''
HKRU Head of Community & Development Brandon Huang expressed his hopes for this historic tournament, “Rugby is one of Asia’s fastest growing sports, and thanks to the work of HKSSF and the support of Societe Generale and the Home Affairs Bureau we are helping take another significant step forward with regards school rugby development. I believe it’s going to be a memorable weekend for all participants, and with rugby 7s making its debut in the Rio Olympics later in the summer I’m sure there will be lots of interest and excitement around this event.”
Hikaru Ogata, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Societe Generale, said, “Societe Generale is delighted to support the 2nd Asian Schools Rugby Sevens Championship which marks a significant development of Asian rugby by nurturing future talents in the sports, The sponsorship is a continuation of our long standing tradition of supporting rugby from grassroots to the national level.”