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  • 15 Nov 2018 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Player,

    RE: Back Pack to School Fiji

    My name is Tirion Rees and I am currently a Year 13 student at South Island School.

    I was recently lucky enough to travel to Fiji with my family and during our stay we visited a number of local villages. As part of these visits we attended a morning at a local primary school. It was a humbling experience learning that the majority of the young students walk a minimum of 40 minutes to school and some of them have to cross rivers with no bridges or boats to get there.  Through engagement with teaching staff and students it was identified that one of the major resources required for the students were backpacks to help transport their books to and from school.

    I have been involved in rugby for the past 10 years in Hong Kong and, along with my family, we have witnessed an exceptional number of backpacks being issued on an annual basis to young players in both club and national squads. Many of them go unused or have minimal usage. 

    I would like your help to recycle any of your new/unused or old and usable backpacks (national age grade or club rugby) to the children of Fiji. I am currently seeking sponsorship from shipment companies to help deliver the backpacks to the schools in Fiji. 

    The HKRU has kindly offered to act as a collection point for the backpacks so please bring any spare backpacks you have in the box at the reception on the 6 floor of the SCCA or at Kings Park. I would really like to get these sent to Fiji early in January so would be grateful if you could drop them off at the collection points before Christmas. 

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

    Your help in this is greatly appreciated. 

    Many thanks

    Best wishes

    Tirion Rees

  • 26 Oct 2018 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear All,


    Over the last 10 years the Hong Kong Rugby Union has invested over HK$100 million in the provision and improvement of community sports facilities, partnering with the likes of KGV, HKU, AIS, SIS, Renaissance College, and St Stephen’s College.

    Our 2 biggest investments, however, have been the King’s Park Sports Ground and the Tin Shui Wai Community Sports Ground, where the HKRU have been granted Short Term Tenancy agreements by the Government to design, build and operate sports facilities for the public to use and enjoy.


    In 2017 alone, our Tin Shui Wai pitch had over 2,200 hours of community use by 65,000 users, across a wide range of different sports and events.

    But now our Tin Shui Wai pitch is sadly under threat – some influential members of the political community have applied to the Town Planning Board to re-zone the land so they can build shops and a car park, and this will be decided at a Town Planning Board hearing on 21st December.


    We have until 2nd November to make submissions opposing this re-zoning, and the more individuals, sports clubs, schools, NGOs etc that send in returns the better our chance of stopping this.

    We have attached a simple draft comment form in both English and Chinese that you might wish to sign and send back, or of course write your own letter - the main thing is to make sure the application number is on the form/letter and it’s submitted on or before, the closing date of 2 November – you can submit by email to or through the website or fax to 2877 0245 or 2522 8426 or post to Secretary, Town Planning Board, 15th Floor, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong.


    We strongly believe that sport plays a hugely positive role in the Tin Shui Wai community for schools, the TSW Eagles, the TSW Pandas, Operation Breakthrough and across the whole society – please help us to keep the Tin Shui Wai Community Sports Ground!



    Robbie McRobbie
    Hong Kong Rugby Union

    Tin Shui Wai - Proforma for Individual.docx

    Tin Shui Wai - 草擬意見 (個人).docx
  • 14 Mar 2018 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear members,

    I am excited and thrilled to announce our new DB Pirates youth program for the next 3 years.

    Last week, a new HKRU structure for the youth competitions was voted in (please see attached). We are now prepared to set some solid foundations to build on our success over the years and actively start building on the current squad combined with our recruitment drive for our youth program for the next three years.

    Part of the new model we are introducing is a comprehensive individual assessment for all the players at youth level. We will be working very closely with the HKRU and aligning our model with what is currently available with NAG. This new model is being used so we can track players progress from a best practices point of view and also track the individual progress of players over the season. We will be the leaders in providing this and we will also have our own club “language” playbook that each Pirates youth Coaches will have for the start of the season. We are heavily investing in the clubs future for the next 3 years.

    We also understand that players all develop at different times and having the correct level of playing is important so we are looking at building a strong Division 1 and Division 2 team in each age group to cater for players of all abilities. S&C workshops, nutritional workshops, player positional workshops from some of HK and World Rugbys leading players and coaches will be held at Discovery Bay. We have looked at what our youth get currently and we believe we can deliver more and to a better quality to an international level.

    We already have confirmation from Premiership clubs 6 professional coaches for the development of our youth program and to create a strong pathway for our youths future. We are also in talks with the HKRU to secure NAG coaches to assist during the season.


    Elite Coaching

    • 2 pro coaches per year, including some ages with NAG Coaches
    • Strength and conditioning coach assigned to Youth section
    • High performance overnight camp

    Elite Competition

    • Division 1 rugby in all age grades from U13-U16
    • At least one training session in DB in all age grades
    • NAG Selectors made aware of players

    Elite Assessments & Programs

    • International standard assessment of “on field “ skills (Please see below)
    • Individualised program including Strength and Conditioning, nutritional targets
    • Rugby IQ “off field “ assessment (Please see below)

    Calendar Dates

    29 March: Parents evening

    23/24/25 August: High performance overnight youth camp
    (second weekend of ESF schools returning)
    Latest techniques and drills from Super Rugby/All Blacks/Fiji/Pro 12
    Defence/Attack/Phase play/Systems/Kicking/Analysis

    Rugby Skills Assessment:
    24 August: 
    Preseason on field Rugby Skills assessment
    13 March: Postseason on field Rugby Skills assessment (2019)
    Players to assess their current on field skills and ability against international standards.

    Rugby IQ Assessment:
    25 August: Preseason off field Rugby Skills assessment
    7 November: Mid season off field Rugby Skills assessment
    13 March: Postseason off field Rugby Skills assessment

    Rugby Skills Assessment: Example of what will be covered

    Catching & Pass Lateral passing Lateral receiving Decision making
    Evasion Skills change of pace Side step Swerve
    Defence Tackle IQ Blitz defence Positioning
    Kicking Punt Chip Place kick
    Attack Positioning/alignment Identification of space Angles of run
    Conditioning Fitness Test Agility Core control
    Rugby IQ Assessment: Personalized SWOT analysis of the following


    For any further information please email Deacon Manu at


    Deacon Manu
    Head of Rugby

  • 31 Jul 2017 4:11 PM | Deleted user


    The HKRU Under 8 course is designed specifically for those coaching the non-contact version of the game to U5s-U8s.

    Age: 14 (on 19th August, 2017) or above

    Participants learn to introduce rugby to beginners through fun and safe activities. The course covers: Ball manipulation and Boundary Games, Skill Development, Laws, Health and Safety and Group Management.


    The HKRU/World Rugby is a foundation course designed to introduce basic coaching skills, safe coaching of contact rugby through “Hotspots” or Key factors and the ability to analyses the game through the principles of rugby.

    Age: 14 or above

    On successful completion, the coach will be able to: identify playing positions, methods of scoring and attack and defence. Apply the principles of rugby to the play of a team. Identify skill faults. Plan a session. Deliver a session. Apply risk management & ethics. Demonstrate understanding of the Laws of the Game.

    Rugby Ready Certificate [Rugby Ready Online Test: ]Pre-course Requirement (certificate or supporting document upload is required during application)

  • 31 Jul 2017 4:08 PM | Deleted user

  • 28 Jan 2016 11:07 AM | Deleted user

    Our first edition of The Pirate Code is now available. We'll also be distributing via PIP, at DC & DBIS, Uncle Russ and several other venues throughout DB. 

    Please collect your copy and when we send out our survey, let us know what you think.  It's been lots of fun and lots of work putting it together but we think it looks awesome and hope you all enjoy it as well.

    Click here to view the full magazine! 

  • 14 Dec 2015 6:39 PM | Deleted user

    Dear Members

    Following the Townhall meeting held on 16th November, we have pleasure in posting the minutes of the meeting for your attention.

    Please click here to view. 



    DB Pirates

  • 16 Sep 2014 3:10 PM | Deleted user

    HKRFU Official Senior Rugby Season Welcome

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and executive staff it is my great pleasure to welcome all players, coaches, referees, administrators and supporters to the start of the 2014/15 Senior Domestic Season.

    Carrying on from last year’s highly successful competition I am sure there is even more excitement in the months ahead.

    I am delighted to report that Hong Kong Rugby will set a new participation record this season with 81 teams representing 17 clubs competing across 11 levels of competition for both men and women. Over 1,700 senior players will be involved on a week-to-week basis.

    Following on from last seasons success, ‘Super Saturdays’ will return to the schedule in 2014, offering fans the opportunity to see all six Premiership teams in action against each other on the same day at the same venue. In addition to two Premiership Super Saturdays in the coming season, the HKRFU will also hold a Super Saturday event for Women’s teams and for the Championship clubs.

    The official kick off of the HKRFU’s 62nd annual domestic season will be on September 27 with the first Premiership

    Super Saturday together with a full round of matches in all the senior men’s and women’s leagues.

    As ever, there is a busy slate of pre-season activities and international competitions, including the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, September 12-13, 2014 at Shek Kip Mei, before our men’s and women’s sevens teams head off to South Korea for the 17th Asian Games at end September.

    Last year’s competition reached new heights in competitiveness and support and the HKRFU looks forward to continued growth in the season ahead.

    The Board and Staff of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union are pleased to wish all players, participants, supporters and clubs a successful and enjoyable season. We look forward to seeing you around the pitches of Hong Kong in the coming months.

    Yours in Rugby,

    Pieter Schats
    Chairman, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union

  • 08 Sep 2014 4:31 PM | Deleted user
    Latest from the Pirates...

    September  IRB Women's Sevens World Series Qualifier 2014
    IRB Women's Sevens World Series Qualifier 2014

    12 of the top women's rugby sevens sides from around the world will be competing for four places to join the 2014/15 IRB Women's Sevens World Series (IRB WSWS). Top teams from the 2014/15 IRB WSWS will also gain automatic qualification for the 2016 Olympics which makes this tournament much more crucial to participating teams including Japan, China, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Fiji, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina.

    Venue: Shek Kip Mei Sports Ground
    Date: 12-13 September, 2014
    Admission Fee: Free Entry

    - 12 top Women's Rugby Sevens teams
    - Top 4 teams will join the 2014/2015 IRB
    Women's Sevens World Series
    Full event schedule available here

    Bring your own food and drinks




  • 23 Aug 2014 4:54 PM | Deleted user
    Latest from the Pirates...

    August  Netball Trials

    Pirates Senior League Netball 2014-15 season

    It’s that time of year again when we dust off our trainers, take a deep breath and think about how we had meant to stay fit over the summer!

    Last year was a fantastic year for Pirates netball with a record breaking 5 teams!

    This year we are starting trials on August 28th at DC gym (level 2) at 7pm – 9pm. The first match of the season is: Monday 6th October.

    TRIALS will be split as follows for the first week:

    7pm  - 8pm

    NEW PLAYERS, + last year’s Black Pearls and Buccaneers

    8pm  - 9pm

    ALL previous players

    Registration for trials

    For the first few weeks of training we will pre prepare team lists to save time and aid the selection process. It is therefore important for us to know who will be attending trials.

    1. NEW PLAYERS – email or sign up to attend trials (wed 27th Aug)
    2. Returning players – register with Pirates online prior to 27th

    We will be holding a “meet and greet” for new players on Wednesday August 27th at Hemmingways with Barabara Murray (head coach), and myself Jessica Stephens, convenor. Returning players welcome for a re-union G&T!

    If you are a NEW PLAYER and would like to attend trials please pop along and sign up. We will be there in our Pirates T shirts from 7pm to 10.30pm.

    To register with Pirates please go to

    Any problems or queries contact me at – (Jessica Stephens)

    Pirates Youth Comptition Netball 2014 season

    Following the success of last year’s youth teams in the Autumn competition, Pirates would like to enter 2 teams again in the following categories;

    U13 team (Limited to 12 players per team)
    U19 team (Limited to 12 players per team)

    Junior netball will start on 4 September at 5:30pm in DC gym level 2.

    The dates of the Saturday tournaments are as follows;

    Week 1: 4 October 2014
    Week 2: 11 October 2014
    Week 3: 1 November 2014
    Week 4: 8 November 2014
    Week 5: 15 November 2014
    Week 6: 22 November 2014
    Week 7: 29 November 2014
    Week 8: 6 December 2014 (Finals Day)

    Sign up is NOW open via Pirates new webiste




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