Hong Kong Sports Institute
Elite Rugby Sevens

The HKSI Elite Rugby Sevens programme supports a full-time men’s and women’s squad and enables our athletes to train and compete at the highest levels in a performance-driven, supportive environment. 

Led by Head Coach Paul John, the Rugby Sevens programme has been an Elite Sport (Tier A) at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) since August 2013. The HKSI is the government's agent responsible for providing a high quality training environment and support services for high performance athletes with the aim of assisting athletes to achieve good results at international sporting events.

Under the HKSAR Government's Elite Vote Support Scheme (EVSS), achievements of both senior and junior athletes at major international competitions are used as the selection criterion to identify high performance sports to be supported by the HKSI for a period of four years. A review is conducted every two years which is aligned with the Asian Games and Olympic Games cycles, to provide stable support for sports within the four-year support cycle.

The Rugby Sevens continued presence at the Sports Institute has been ensured through consistent standout performances in regional tournaments, most notably with the Men winning the Asian Games gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, Jakarta. More recently, the women’s squad made the final of the Olympic repechage in Monaco in 2021 and the Men’s secured a gold medal and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 qualification at the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in 2021. There are big things on the horizon for both these teams, so watch this space!

The HKRU National Teams are proudly supported by our
Principal Partner HSBC