Sunday Training at HKIEd Sports Centre has now officially finished for the season.
We have some exciting developments coming in the new season. The HKRU and HKIEd are planning to make several improvements which include-
For a great article written by Imogen Henderson entitled “Rugby isn’t for Girls?” please click here.
The AGM provided some different surprises this year, not least my election as Chairman. Many thanks to those who nominated and elected me. It is a great honour to take over this role from Ian to whom I’m grateful for the unexpected opportunity. I’ve been around for long enough that many know me well already, but for those who, like me, might be wondering what they have got themselves into, here is what I might have presented at the AGM.
Rugby has been a central component of my life. The son of a talented rugby player, I had an early introduction on the touchline of my father’s matches and started playing rugby at school aged 8. Although distinctly lacking the natural ability of my father, I played for Sherborne School, Yeovil, Manchester University, Richmond and a handful of other clubs in London, UAE and USA. I continue to play regularly for the Football Club Sequins, Contemptibles and, of course, 28th Squadron.
Rugby has provided much more than just fitness, fun and camaraderie in my life. Not only providing a safe (and legal) vent for pent-up teenage aggression, many of my long-term friendships have been formed through involvement in rugby and I met my wife, Mairead, while visiting Hong Kong for the Sevens!
Being a licensed pilot and having received my first kukri while living in Nepal at the age of 15, the Flying Kukris naturally appealed to me. In early 2005, I visited a training session at Community Sports to investigate with my sons, Aidan and Nicholas, then aged 2 and 4 and not yet familiar with rugby or old enough to play. Suffice it to say, Aidan was registered in U6 at the start of the next season and it was not long before Sara Bosco roped me in to help with the coaching.
Since then, I have coached U6-U12, almost twice with both sons, was Head of Mini Coaching during the transition to new Mini laws and became one of the principal referees at U11 & U12. With Level 1 Refereeing and Level 2 Coaching qualifications, I moved up to the challenge of U14 Head Coach this past season as Nicholas graduated to Colts.
I am a strong proponent of parents and players taking advantage of the online and instructor-led training available from the IRB & HKRU to prepare themselves for each season. I also believe in being a true rugby supporter as well as a player. Taking time to watch rugby being played at all levels provides endless learning opportunities. “Paying forward” through coaching, refereeing, active participation and volunteering is what binds the rugby community together.
I am keen to help young boys and girls in Hong Kong gain similar life-long benefits from rugby I have been fortunate to experience. There is no need to be extraordinary, just to take part. The aim is to provide rugby for all through a club with spirit, camaraderie, community, social life and a willingness to put up with one or two sacrifices. That may be time, effort, putting yourself out for others – both on the pitch and off. As with a rugby team, a lot of ordinary people can combine to make an extraordinary club. I believe the Flying Kukris RFC has always been and will continue to be a club others respect for its unique identity and inclusive nature.
I look forward to serving our members as Chairman and continuing the great work of previous Chairmen, particularly Ian Stewart, fellow committee members and the tireless club volunteers. I hope you will all join me in this endeavour and be willing to put your shoulders to the wheel in keeping the club moving forward.
We can celebrate having had another great season and justifiably turn our attention to other things through the Summer. As the Committee wraps up and looks forward to next season, I hope you all have a relaxing time away from the rugby field to recharge for the next step forward for Flying Kukris.
The HKFU run Summer Performance Program 2016 is back in town this summer, the program runs from 11th to 22nd July in the morning on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Happy Valley. Please refer to the English application form here or Cheinese form here for full details.
This program is not just an intensive of two-weeks training program leading by our Performance Coaches, but also provide an early chance for our National Age Grade(NAG) coaches to identify some young talents for next season’s NAG program. On the other hand, players can also strengthen their skills through the program and prepare themselves for the upcoming season.
It is with great sadness that I wish to inform you that our former U16 player, Jeffrey LAU Chun Hei, who for the current season 2015-2016 was registered with Flying Kukris RFC, passed away on 29 March 2016 due to cancer of the colon. He was only 15 years old.
Jeffrey’s funeral was held on the evening of 27 April 2016 at Kowloon Funeral Parlour with cremation on the next morning.
For more details please click here. As you may read in the attachment, he had one unaccomplished wish, which as to get the autograph of his idol, Gillies KAKA, of New Zealand All Blacks, who was in the match squad for the HK7s – this was achieved.
Hong Kong Sevens newcomers, Germany DRV VII, kicked off their bid to qualify for 2017 HSBC World Series by visiting the Flying Kukris on the morning of Tuesday 5th April for showcase training.
The lucky Kukris enjoyed a fun training session as the young and enthusiastic squad, fresh from their Frankfurt flight the day before, took complete charge. Rotating through stations of agility, handling and game-play, the youngsters showed why the Flying Kukris are a force to be reckoned with.
Manuel Wilhelm, Manager and Technical Director Germany Rugby Union, was full of praise, impressed by the large turn-out, the quality of rugby on display and the community spirit as parents’ smiles beamed almost as broadly as those on their kids’ happy faces.
When quizzed on his team’s outlook for the coming weekend, Manuel replied with conviction “I’m optimistic we’re going to surprise a few people. We love the positive vibe of Hong Kong and are very excited about the tournament”.
Special thanks to International College Hong Kong, Hong Lok Yuen for generously offering us the opportunity to train on their grass pitch.
Please click here to see these pictures and many more on our gallery pages
Look what the U19G brought home on the 13th March from their Sevens Tournament. This was despite the fact they were up against several other combined teams including a team made up of the best of SKS, Tigers and FC with their numerous subs. Flying Kukris was the only team there made up from one club only.
HK Scotish Kukris met HKCC in the Women's National League 1B Grand Championship Final on the 12th Mar. In a spirited and physical, but sporting game HKCC took the silverware, winning 17/7. Although HKCC led 10/0 at halftime, a breakaway try from HUI Man-ling, with Suzie Perry converting, left the game evenly contested at 10/7. However it was HKCC how next scored, leaving the Kukris fighting both the score line and the clock. In spite of repeated Kukris onslaughts, the HKCC defense remained firm, allowing them to take the honors and the trophy.
A big thanks to all the supporters who came down from Flying Kukris and Hong Kong Scottish. You vocal support was greatly appreciated.
On Sunday 31st January 2016 the U19G won the Cup in D1 Sevens
For more details and a video of the match click here
Parking at HKIEd - we received a complaint from the HKIED management about the parking on Sunday 6th Sep. We are NOT ALLOWED to park along the side of the road next to the stadium and also DO NOT block the lower exit. The lower exit is normally closed but is for emergency vehicles. Failure to obey HKIED rules may result in us loosing the ground for training. Please see the map below and note there is additional parking just down the road outside HKIED.
Here is an interesting article by Helen Hinton, which has recently been sent to us
And another by Helen on the Benefits of Rugby
Rugby Helps Kids Improve their Confidence, On and Off the Field
Rugby is a great sport for kids for many reasons: it helps improve their physical fitness, as well as other physical skills—but that's not all. It can also be an incredible confidence booster, and a good way for children to learn important lessons that they'll remember for life.
Physical Fitness and Physical Skills
Playing rugby helps children improve their physical fitness, and this is an increasingly important issue for kids and parents, all over the world. Children in general aren't as active as previous generations of children were, and playing rugby is a great way to counteract this problem. Just as important, the younger they start to get involved in playing sports, the more likely they are to maintain a healthy level of physical activity as they get older.
The heartlands of the Gurkhas, whose men have served in the British and Indian armies since the age of empire, have been devastated by the Nepal earthquake.
Some of the villages occupied by the Gurungs, the clan which provides the backbone of the Gurkha regiments, are almost completely destroyed.
As you may know from our Club history page here, the Flying Kukris was originally formed by the Gurkhas.
We would ask you to donate to the various charities setup to help. unicef (HK) can be found here:- unicef
a selection of others can be found here
The Flying Kukris RFC have donated HK$10,000 to unicef.
For a really great video of the Flying Kukris at the HK Sevens please click here or here
HKS Kukris Ladies v Football Club Final
In only their second season the Hong Kong Scottish Kukris made the Women's National League 1 Grand Championship Final. The Kukris finished the league in second place, with a remarkable 12 wins, 2 loses, 83 tries scored and a total of 461 points. This was followed by victories in the Grand Championship Quarter finals and Semi finals, leading to the Final at Hong Kong Football Club against Football Club. However, this wasn't achieved without cost, and several injured players were left supporting from the sidelines, with captain Rachel Fong the most notable omission from the team list. Late fitness tests for Antje Cosgrove (scrum half) and Robyn Beese (second row) further reduced the team, with some positions having to be reworked at short notice. That said, the ladies arrived at HKFC in high spirits, even though their old adversary Club, had home advantage.
The game started at a frantic pace, with Kukris forced to defend for long periods and seldom out of their own half. However, it was sixteen minutes before Club scored a try, although the conversion was unsuccessful. This play continued, with Club scoring two more unconverted tries. Several times Rachel Fong and Ellie Ngan Kee attempted to break the Club line using their speed, but were unsuccessful. Halftime arrived with the score 15/0 to Club.
The second half started with Kukris showing new confidence and good teamwork. Amanda Manchester join the pack and was both calming and commanding. Alissandra Crowther, new in her scum half position settled and started to impose. And with the pack more assertive, they were able to win more ball and allow the backs to play, with Christy Tang particularly making an impression. However, it was Club who scored next, with another try. Kukris were not disheartened and good team work made space for Ellie Ngan Kee, who scored under the posts with a trademark darting run. Rachel Fong converted. Kukris continues to attack, with forwards Micaela Jansen, Brooke Amnyauchoke and Sophia Abdelraham particularly impressive and unlucky not to score. As Kukris tired, Club managed to score their fifth and final try. The games ended with a 29/7 win for Club, but with the second half an even contest.
So disappointment for the HKS Kukris in the last game of the season, but the ladies able to proudly reflect on their team achievement.
Saturday 24th January was the All Girls Beach Rugby Festival at DB.
Donation to Philippines RFU
You may remember we donated some unused FK jerseys and shorts to the Philippine RFU a few months ago. The kit was handed over at the Philippines vs South Korea A5N game. A letter of appreciation from the PRFU can be found here. We have recently received the picture below of the kit in action.
The HKS Kukris Ladies had another good win at The Rock on the 1st Nov over City Ladies
HK Scottish are seen here together with some of the Flying Kukris Ball Retrieval Team after their win over Kowloon on the 1st Nov.