“I congratulate those who have taken the enterprising step of forming the Hong Kong International Players Association. Rugby is truly a global game reflected in many ways and,in the case of Hong Kong, partly by its ex international players spread far and wide.
The formation of RIPA will provide the opportunity for these players to maintain contact and continue to enjoy the unique type of camaraderie that our sport provides. It will also enable memories to be revived-that match winning try or that try saving tackle (or,in the case of a front rower,perhaps, that one scrum!).
Given the experience of its members there will no doubt be opportunities for RIPA to support the health and growth of the game in the HKSAR-RIPA is a welcome addition to our rugby community and I send it my best wishes”.