We have formed the Hong Kong Rugby Players Association (HKRIPA) for past and present players that have represented Hong Kong at full international and Dragons level at either 15’s or sevens. HKRIPA is the first formalised body to represent this group of players with the goals and benefits set out below.
The idea to create the HKRIPA comes from wanting to build on successful initiatives by the HKRFU and past players, such as the awarding of caps retrospectively to all Hong Kong internationals, VIP invitations to Hong Kong home games and the recent reunion of the ’96 to ‘98 Pac Rim squads at the 2018 sevens.
As we know Hong Kong is unique with its transient player base which is now spread around the world. So, keeping in touch becomes more of a challenge for us than other international teams. A players’ association run by past and present players will allow us, for the first time, to create a body that represents the players. It will bring everyone together to create further depth in Hong Kong Rugby history through collaboration with the HKRFU. As we know pride in the shirt is a vital part of any team and no more so than when you play for your country. Hong Kong is different from other international teams as over the years in that we have been made up of rugby players from all over the world. However, we have all felt the same pride as any other international player when pulling on the Hong Kong shirt.
The HKRIPA will act as a platform for players to stay in touch on a more regular basis. We will do this by creating dedicated social media channels, a quarterly newsletter and get-togethers to be held in Hong Kong and other places where HKRIPA members are now living. Another important HKRIPA aim is to bring past and present players together to build new friendships with fellow Hong Kong internationals. All of this will help build a solid foundation going forward for future generations to be proud to pull on the shirt by knowing whose footsteps they are following in.
- To keep past and present players informed about news and events.
- The first formalised body to represent Hong Kong International players.
- Recognise the honour of playing for Hong Kong.
- Biannually newsletter.
- Organise social events.
- Creation of dedicate social media channels.
- Creation of a player’s historical archive of pictures, news clippings etc.
- Social events. In Hong Kong and elsewhere around the world.
- Help promote Hong Kong Rugby.
- Create a support network for each other.
- Stay in touch with in your old team mates and meet fellow Hong Kong Internationals.
- Biannually Newsletter.
- Invitations to Hong Kong XVs games & high tiered tournaments.
- Invitations to social events and other games around the world.
- Access to Hong Kong Sevens tickets.
- Committee will stay in place for 3 years to get the HKRIPA established. There after elections for the various positions will be done at the AGM.
One of the projects HKRIPA we would like to undertake is to build on the fantastic work already done by creating a record of the history of playing for Hong Kong. The idea is leading up to the HKRU 60th year anniversary in 2023 that we create a book that does this. We will let you know what we need from you all once we have a plan.
Born in HK, brought up in the UK, Dave returned to HK in 1988 as a police officer. He played mainly for the Police, but also had two seasons with Kowloon. His highlights were winning the HKFC 10's in 1990 and beating the USA, Japan and Canada during the 1998 Pac Rim tournament
Deano arrived from the Hautapu club in Cambridge NZ, played age grade for king Country, Counties, Wellington & Waikato B. Played for Valley when they had 2 teams in the premiership & the toughest was playing each other. Highlights was beating the USA away with 14 men after 20mins, Japan and Canada during the 1998 Pac Rim tournament but more importantly became the Asian champions.
Rambo started playing rugby in 1988 and in the same year was the first local Chinese player to represent HK at U19’s level. He then went on to become the first local Chinese player to be awarded his first full cap when he ran out against Chinese Taipei in 93 as hooker. Rambo has been integral player and coach in promoting rugby to the Local Chinese, setting the standard for others to follow.
Ruth arrived in Hong Kong from Liverpool 1976 and played for the Royal Hong Kong Police (RHKP) in 1995. Ruth then played, Coached, Managed and was Vice Chair of DeA. Ruth represented Hong Kong at 7s and 15s. When Ruth retired, she became the Director Development HKRU. Ruth’s highlight of her career was being awarded IRB Personality of the year 2011.
Jamo arrived in Hong Kong from a season in the South of France, previous to that he represented Wellington Province, NZ at age grade, and Senior B. Arriving in Hong Kong when the style of game was still very “Colonial” the referees society ran a pool on who was going to be the first referee to send him off the pitch – it was close at times but no one collected!
Northy arrived from playing for Harlequins in the UK to play for Kowloon in 1993. A combative prop on and the pitch he was well known for his passion for training! His highlight was being part of the Hong Kong team that beat Canada and USA in the 1998 Pac Rim series.
HEAD OF RUGBY OPERATIONS
NAndy arrived to play for DeA Tigers in 2007 before moving in 2009 to Kowloon where he helped the side win Kowloon’s first prem title in 30 years. Whilst at Kowloon Andy earned his first cap playing against Korea in 2010. Andy now works for the HKRU as the Head of Rugby Operations.
Please contact us if you have any questions, ideas or just want to get in touch with other HKRIPA member.