Rugby Section

In 1951 Hong Kong was still in the process of re-building after the Japanese occupation during WWII. Vernon Roberts, a member of the Hong Kong Football Club, had the idea to introduce a new rugby event to bring together the civilian and military communities. After a particularly competitive rugby season, Roberts’ idea was to pitch the best players in the league against each other, regardless of their home teams, in one match.

Sir Robert Mansergh, then Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong, donated a trophy for the match. Sir Arthur Morse, Chairman of HSBC, as the respected Taipan of his day was invited to be the first Challenger. The event was considered a grand success and was held annually and unbroken between 1951 and 1997. Each year a team made of the British Amy, Navy, Air-force and Marines would be challenged by the Taipan’s team of civilian players. To this day, being invited as Taipan to the event is a significant accolade respected by the senior business leaders in Hong Kong.

Without the British Forces in Hong Kong after the 1997 handover, the event was sadly mothballed until it was re-introduced in its current format in 2011as part of HKFC’s 125th anniversary celebrations. The Challenger is now selected from Hong Kong’s most respected and long standing patrons of the rugby community and the Taipan is still invited as one of the leading members of the commercial community. In 2011 the Taipan was Chris Pratt CEO and Chairman of Swire in Asia Pacific and the Challenger was HKFC President Dermot Agnew.

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30 Nov 2019 16:30 HV-6

Societe Generale Valley
Pool A
round 2
Kerry Hotel Kowloon

30 Nov 2019 19:30 HKFC

Natixis HKFC
Pool A
round 2
Bloomberg HK Scottish

30 Nov 2019 TBA

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers
Pool A
round 2
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay

07 Dec 2019 15:00 KP-1

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers
Pool A
round 2
Natixis HKFC

07 Dec 2019 16:15 SKP

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
Pool A
round 2
Kerry Hotel Kowloon
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Grand Championship
Semi Final

Grand Championship
Semi Final

Grand Championship
Final
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09 Nov 2019 16:45 HKFC

Natixis HKFC

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Pool A
round 1
Societe Generale Valley

09 Nov 2019 16:15 SKP

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay

-

Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish

09 Nov 2019 15:00 KP-1

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

-

Pool A
round 1
Kerry Hotel Kowloon

02 Nov 2019 15:00 HKFC

Natixis HKFC

-

Pool A
round 1
Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

02 Nov 2019 15:00 KP-1

Kerry Hotel Kowloon

-

Pool A
round 1
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
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05 Oct 2019 16:30 HKFC

Natixis HKFC

-

Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish

05 Oct 2019 15:00 KP-1

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

-

Pool A
round 1
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay

05 Oct 2019 13:30 HV-6

Societe Generale Valley

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Pool A
round 1
Kerry Hotel Kowloon

28 Sep 2019 18:00 KP-1

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

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Pool A
round 1
Kerry Hotel Kowloon

28 Sep 2019 16:15 SKP

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay

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Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish
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02 Nov 2019

Tai Po Dragon

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Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish Kukris

02 Nov 2019

Natixis HKFC Ice

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Pool A
round 1
Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

02 Nov 2019

Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby

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Pool A
round 1
SCAA CWB Phoenix

02 Nov 2019

Societe Generale Valley Black Ladies

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Pool A
round 1
Gai Wu

26 Oct 2019 KP-1

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

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Pool A
round 1
Tai Po Dragon
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