19th Apr 2023

From left to right: James HOOD, Harry LAIDLER, Liam DOHERTY, Cado LEE, FONG Kit Fung and Eric KWOK

[Hong Kong, 18 April 2023]: The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) awarded Hong Kong, China Men’s Sevens team the 2022 Hong Kong Stars Award for the Team Only Sport category this evening. This was the 11th time that Hong Kong, China Men’s Sevens team have won the award in the past 15 years - an incredible achievement. 

Hong Kong Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Robbie McRobbie attended the awards ceremony at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday evening and was thrilled with the result. “It’s fantastic to see our athletes continue to achieve a high degree of success and be recognised for their achievements in 2022. We’ve got a hugely exciting year ahead with the Challenger Series, Olympic Qualification tournament, and the Asian Games in the upcoming calendar – we’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for this team”. 

The 2022 season witnessed the return of excitement to the rugby sphere, with the Men’s Sevens team having multiple involvements across key tournaments – the 2022 Sevens World Cup, Asia Rugby Sevens Series, and the return of the iconic Cathay / HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. 

The Sevens World Cup and Cathay/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens was a great opportunity for the Hong Kong, China Men’s team to showcase their skills against the best of the best. 

Hong Kong, China Men’s Sevens team put in outstanding performances in the Asia Rugby Men’s Sevens Series last year, coming away with three tournament victories in Thailand, Korea and UAE to secure gold and a place in the 2023 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series. 

The 2023 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series provides a qualification pathway into the seven-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 2024. Hong Kong, China Men’s Sevens team will compete in two combined (men’s and women’s) tournaments on 21-23 April and 28-30 April 2023 in the Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa.