An interview with Craig Chan from Tin Shui Wai RFC

10th Nov 2020

What’s the story behind the Tin Shui Wai RFC logo?


We use a panda as the central element of our logo to symbolize the endangered species, a legacy of nature and most of the time, a sign of goodwill. “Panda” has become a symbol of Asia whilst its black and white colour has multicultural connotations.

Can you give us a brief history of Tin Shui Wai RFC?


Once Tin Shui Wai developed into a new town in the 1980s, the TSW Pandas were formed. The team brought together a group of players who used rugby as a means for continued community engagement. Luckily, the Hong Kong Rugby Union saw the potential of the Club and provided a fantastic ground, the Tin Shui Wai Sports Ground, for use to train and play. The transition was led by our head coach Jung Ho.


What differentiates Tin Shui Wai RFC from other rugby clubs in Hong Kong?


TSW is a local club, recruiting the majority of our players from the New Territories and surrounding areas. We accept people from all walks of life and our love for rugby has brought us together as a family.


Our club is less than 10 years old, but we keep growing day by day, season by season. Over the years, we developed from just two Men’s teams to our current set up; three Men’s senior teams, 1 Women’s team, and the Youth division.


We actively encourage development of rugby through numerous different pathways, including coaching, management and match officiation.


What are Tin Shui Wai RFC’s greatest achievements?

During the 2010/2011 season, TSW Panda’s first team remained unbeaten in both the league and the Grand Final, whilst the second team won the Grand Championship in the same year.


What are your most memorable moments on and off the pitch?

We all kneel down and pray together as a team before every game— that’s the Panda’s way!