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Rugby: HKRFU launch partnership with New Zealand’s Chiefs

Chiefs, the 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby champions, have teamed up with the HKRFU. Photo: AFP.

The Chiefs, the 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby champions, have teamed up with the HKRFU. Photo: AFP.

April 9, 2015: The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) has announced a new development partnership with New Zealand-based franchise the Chiefs, the 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby champions whose stars include All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams, Aaron Cruden, Liam Meesam and Brodie Retallick.

 

A 26-man squad representing the Chiefs Development team arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday for an eight-day tour to launch the programme. The side will play a training match against Hong Kong at Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday, as the national team prepare for the Asian Rugby Championships.

 

Dai Rees, the HKRFU’s General Manager of Performance Rugby, said: “We are delighted to have the Chiefs Development squad in Hong Kong. The tour is the ideal way to launch this new partnership with its focus on growing the game.

 

“The week ahead will see the Chiefs and the HKRFU working with our local rugby communities at every level, from grassroots right through to the national team programme, so the tour really symbolises the goals that we are hoping to achieve in this unique partnership. We look forward to more interaction with the Chiefs as the partnership develops.”

 

The three-year partnership between the Chiefs and HKRFU will involve coach and player exchanges and development programmes, and community engagement activities.

 

Chris Tindall, High Performance Manager for the Chiefs, said: “We are looking forward to working alongside the HKRFU in our shared rugby development for players and coaches in exchanges of activity to build a beneficial and progressive long-term partnership.

 

“This tour to Hong Kong is a great opportunity for the players’ learning, development and experience as young players, and is also an opportunity to impress for the future.”

 

Richard Kahui, a Rugby World Cup winner with New Zealand and a former Chiefs star, is attending the first part of this week’s tour. On Friday, the 29-year-old will participate in a community engagement exercise for over 200 youngsters from the HKRFU’s Mini and Youth Rugby communities at King’s Park.

 

During their time in Hong Kong, the Chiefs players and coaches will also engage in other school and community engagement activities organised by the HKRFU, including a training session at La Salle College. The Hamilton-based team is staying and training at the Hong Kong Sports Institute during their visit.

 

Source: HKRFU (www.hkrugby.com); Editing by SportAsia

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