Hong Kong national rugby union team

The Hong Kong national rugby union team, nicknamed the Dragons, is one of the better rugby sides in Asia outside Japan, and has consistently made the repechages of the Rugby World Cup qualifying. Rugby union in Hong Kong is administered by the Hong Kong Rugby Union since 1952, and competes annually in the Asia Rugby Championship.

Hong Kong
Nickname(s)Dragons
EmblemChinese dragon
UnionHong Kong Rugby Union
Head coachTo Be Announced
CaptainLiam Slatem
Most capsNick Hewson (58)
Top scorerRowan Varty (120)
Top try scorerRowan Varty (24)
Home stadiumHong Kong Football Club Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current22 (as of 13 December 2021)
Highest21 (2018)
Lowest34 (2010)
First international
 Hong Kong 11–5 Australian Universities
(1934)
Biggest win
 Hong Kong 164–13 Singapore
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 27 October 1994)
Biggest defeat
Japan 94–5 Hong Kong
(Tokyo, Japan; 22 May 2010)
World Cup
Appearances0
Websitewww.hkrugby.com

Hong Kong has one of the oldest rugby traditions in Asia, having been played there since the 19th century, when British colonists arrived in Hong Kong and brought the sport with them. For a long time, rugby union in Hong Kong was traditionally associated with Hong Kong's British colonial settlers, but since the 1990s there has been extensive efforts to integrate the game with the local Cantonese Chinese community, with a degree of success; the first of these players being "Rambo" Leung Yeung Kit. Hong Kong have improved in form recently, having finished in second place in the ARC in 2011, 2014, and 2015, and made it to the repechage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying, though lost to Uruguay 24 to 3. They again competed in the repechage tournament for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


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