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  • 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
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    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
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    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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  • 21 Aug 2014 4:57 PM | Deleted user
    Latest from the Pirates...

     Back to School Fair - 23rd Aug

    The Back to School Fair
    is happening this 
    Saturday 23rd Aug 2014 at DBIS 
    from 9am to 1pm.

    Kick off the new school year by finding all the Extracurricular Activities, Fitness and Interesting Products available by DB organizations all in one place.
    50 Vendors will be featured this year.

    If you are NEW to DB or Hong Kong, this event is a great way to connect with future friends and find out what Discovery Bay has to offer your family.
    The event is open to the full Discovery Bay Community.

    All proceeds made go back into the community and past fairs have resulted in Defibulators and Drinking Fountains being bought and installed for the community to use.
    Come support this great community event!






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  • 11 Aug 2014 5:15 PM | Deleted user
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    August  Register Now for the 2014/2015 Season
    Register Now for the DB Pirates 2014/2015 Season


    This year we have had to restructure some aspects of the membership, and registration fees – this largely reflects the fact that over the past few seasons the Club’s operating costs (particularly cost of playing kit, pitch hire and buses) have risen significantly. Despite our best efforts, developing the Club’s budget has proven a challenging exercise when – as with last season – we neither had use of the Siena pitch at the start of the season, nor knew what the hourly usage charge would be.

    The result of the past few seasons is that the Club has had to dip deeply into reserves, which we have been building to provide the cash flow required during the season, and to try to accumulate funds to spend on player and coaching development.

    You will notice that the registration fees vary across the different sections of the Club, to more accurately reflect the costs involved in running that section. This year your Executive Committee has spent the best part of 150 – 200 hours of time developing what is the most robustly developed budget I have seen in my years on the Club Committee.

    Registration fees

    We have attempted to keep increases to registration fees as close to an inflation linked increase, we have negotiated some keen pricing from our new kit supplier (Kukri) in order to help manage this aspect of operating costs.

    Bus costs

    The increase in bus usage and costs (last season the Club booked 297 buses!) has risen sharply over the past 3 to 4 years and is now around half a million dollars (by far the biggest single operating expense). As a result, we have had to take the decision to restructure the way the Club manages buses. We will continue to provide support to teams to book buses. However, for most sections bus costs will now have to be paid by teams travelling out of DB to festivals, league games or tournaments. Those who train outside DB because there is insufficient space on Siena will have some exemptions from bus costs – your section head, head coach and team manager will be given full details as the final budget is signed-off.

    We are exploring the use of Octopus to make payment for buses easier for members.

    Social Membership

    We have noticed a continued drop-off of parental supervision (or nomination of an alternate guardian), which puts additional responsibility on the age group coaches in the event of an injury or the player needing special attention. In the past we have asked members to ensure their child’s coach is aware of who is the “responsible adult for their child at either training or a tournament / festival / league game. However, this is consistently not done, and we have faced a few occasions when a child has needed attention, which typically removes one of the coaches from being able to look after the wider group.

    This is both unfair on the coaches, the wider group of children and especially the distressed child. And the problem would be further exacerbated if we had to call an ambulance to take the child to hospital.

    We can no longer accept this responsibility of supervision for any player who has not attained the age of 16.

    Over the past few seasons the Club has started a Social Membership. This attracts various discounts from the Club’s many generous affiliates. Your Executive Committee has had to take the painful decision that every family who has a child member (under 16 attained at 1st September 2014) must also have a parent (or alternate guardian) as a separate member of the Club. This will take the form of a Social Membership for HKD500.


    We appreciate these changes represent a significant change from the previous membership structure and fees. We remain confident, however, that this still represents excellent value for money - especially when compared to many other local DB sports and activities – when put into the context of costs per month through the season .

    We remain fully committed to ensuring that any player who wants to play will NOT be kept out of the game due to costs, and retain a small “bursary fund” to help support a limited number of players.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please let me know at

    For Current Members:

    Visit the membership renewal page (click here). You will be required to log in with your DB Pirates account. If you don't know your log in details, please click the forgot password button.

    For Current Members who wish to change their current membership (e.g. switch from a Netball Member to a Rugby Member) please visit the change membership page which again requires you to log in.

    For New Members:

    You can join by visiting our Join us page and simply follow the on-screen instructions.



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