Here are the best ways to start playing rugby this summer!

July 1, 2019

 Photo credit: Hong Kong Rugby Union

 

Even though the Hong Kong Sevens came, conquered and rode off into the sunset, the city continues to be a hotbed of rugby as preparations for the upcoming season slowly ease into gear during the summer break. 

 

This presents the perfect opportunity for newcomers to get acquainted with the basics of the sport, with many major rugby clubs and the Hong Kong Rugby Union itself serving up a whole host of lessons and courses catered to different ages groups. 

 

Here are some options: 

 

 

1. Hong Kong Scottish Summer Open Training 

Price: FREE

Age Limit: None

Gender: Mixed and Women's 

 

If you missed out on the Hong Kong Rugby Union's introductory course for beginners, fret not! 

 

Hong Kong Scottish are jumping in on the action by offering aspiring rugby players out there a little taster on what the sport is all about. 

 

With plenty of Hong Kong representatives in the squad, a safe learning environment (starting out with the basics through touch rugby) and a couple of post-training refreshments afterwards, you're bound to learn something from one of the biggest clubs in the city!  

 

Women's training starts earlier on 8 July at King George V School, while a mixed session takes place at King's Park Pitch 2 on 15 July. 

 

2. City Rugby Club Summer Training Course 

Price: FREE

Age Limit: 18 and above 

Gender: Any 

 

Another side to consider are City Rugby, whose membership base consists more of local Hong Kongers. 

 

An inclusive side who made headlines for being one of few clubs with an openly gay player as well as having a Cathay flight attendant-turned Hong Kong Sevens star in their ranks, you can be sure to find a supportive, friendly and passionate bunch of teammates. 

 

Enrol here: https://form.jotform.me/cityrugbyclub/2019-rugby-course

 

 

3. Hong Kong Tag

Price: $30 for newcomers, $10 for first-timers 

Age Limit: None

Gender: Mixed 

 

Non-contact rugby is a fantastic way to get acquainted with the sport, as well as building up fitness levels in the off-season. 

 

A variation of this is Tag Rugby, where removing coloured tags from an opponent's shorts counts as a tackle - allowing for plenty of participation from both men and ladies throughout the year. 

 

Aside from providing you with a taste of rugby without the fear of braving head-on collisions, Tag is every bit an organised sport in its own right, with leagues, tournaments and a Hong Kong representative squad - a fun and safer alternative to full-contact rugby! 

 

4. HKU Sandy Bay RFC Free Summer Rugby Training 

Price: FREE 

Age Limit: None

Gender: Any 

 

Join HKU Sandy Bay RFC every Thursday night for a kickabout under the Happy Valley lights, with players of all levels welcome.  

 

Famed for their youth and minis programs and emphasis on mental health issues, they also have the current Hong Kong captain Liam Slatem and 2018/19 HKRU Men's Player of the Year Luke van der Smit in their midst! 

 

5. Get in touch with a club of your choice 

 

Funnily enough, getting involved in a sport here in Hong Kong could be just as simple as a Facebook message away. 

 

Harness the power of social media and get in contact with any major rugby club's official pages - take your pick from Hong Kong Scottish, Hong Kong Football Club, HKU Sandy Bay, Kowloon RFC, USRC Tigers, Causeway Bay RFC and many more. 

 

Immerse yourself in the Hong Kong rugby community, make some new friends and most importantly, remember to have fun on and off the pitch! 

 

 

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