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HK SCOTTISH KUKRIS LADIES V VALLEY RED 8TH OCTOBER 2016 HKS KUKRIS 37 / VALLEY RED 15

2016 17 Kukris Ladies

A good win for HK Scottish Kukris Ladies - for the full match report please click here

The HKMRFU has now created a Mini Rugby "APP" that will be used to convey Festival information to Coaches, Parents and Players.

The APP will provide information on the hosts festival arrangements including participating teams, matches, play times, pitches and the club nominated to provide the match referee.

It's really simple to use and takes only a minute or two to familiarize yourself.

To get the free APP in IOS or Android systems simply go to your APPS and type in "HK MINI RUGBY". It should pop up immediately as the only APP. Load it.

The APP is currently showing the first Shatin Shapei trial festival of last June 2016 to let people explore how it works. All are encouraged to feedback any bugs they may find to Joe Stanion at email [email protected]
It will be updated soon for its first soft opening when the first TM Sharks regional festival is arranged. It will then go to full opening for Tigerfest in October.

For Coaches please note this APP will not replace the excel schedules used for scheduling matches, play preferences and avoiding clashes.

As soon as the season starts I would encourage parents to find us an updated outstanding picture of our mini players in their new team shirts. One that conveys the fun and spirit of Rugby, such as the existing one.

 We have some exciting developments coming in the new season. The HKRU and EdUHK are planning to make several improvements which include-

 
  • Upgrading the existing hockey pitch, which the Minis are currently using, to a proper Astro Turf.
  • The grass pitch will be re-laid with improved drainage.
  • Rugby Posts will be fitted
  • A Scrum machine will be made available.
  • We have been given proper stowage for our kit etc at EdUHK.
  • EdUHK will be available for mid-week training.

For a great article written by Imogen Henderson entitled “Rugby isn’t for Girls?” please click here.

 
 
Annual General Meeting 2016
 
The AGM photos can be found here in our photo gallery
 
Please be advised that Mr. Ian Stewart has stepped down as Chairman of Flying Kukris RFC at our AGM held 15-May-2016, having served as head of the Club for 6 years. Ian now holds the honour of our longest serving Chairman. 
 
Throughout this time Ian dedicated himself to building, strengthening and securing the Club and has left behind a fantastic and secure legacy on which to move forward and build further. 
 
Ian will remain closely associated with the Club in future years.
 
On behalf of Flying Kukris RFC we would offer a big thanks to Ian for his great leadership, dedication, vision and unstinting service to the Club and the wider Hong Kong Rugby community. 
 
 
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the club membership have elected Mr. Mark Leonard as our new Club Chairman.
 
 
Mark has served the club in many roles and as a committee member for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the role, having extensively played rugby throughout his whole life and indeed is still regularly playing rugby to this day.
 
A Message from Mark

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.

 
 
 
 
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Germany Sevens Squad kicks off with the Flying Kukris at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen!

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.

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Look what the U19G brought home on the 13th March 2016 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.

2015 16 U19G 13 Mar

 

 

  

 

2015 16 U19G cup

On Sunday 31st January 2016 the U19G won the Cup in D1 Sevens

For more details and a video of the match click here

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