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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fixtures results tables

12 Oct 2019 15:00 KP-1

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers
Pool A
round 1
Societe Generale Valley

12 Oct 2019 16:45 KP-1

Kerry Hotel Kowloon
Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish

12 Oct 2019 18:30 KP-1

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
Pool A
round 1
Natixis HKFC

19 Oct 2019 16:30 SKM

Bloomberg HK Scottish
Pool A
round 1
Natixis HKFC

19 Oct 2019 16:30 KP-1

Kerry Hotel Kowloon
Pool A
round 1
Societe Generale Valley
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21 Sep 2019 15:00 HV-6

Societe Generale Valley
Pool A
round 1
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay

21 Sep 2019 16:30 KP-1

Kerry Hotel Kowloon
Pool A
round 1
Natixis HKFC

21 Sep 2019 16:30 SKM

Bloomberg HK Scottish
Pool A
round 1
Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

28 Sep 2019 15:00 HV-6

Societe Generale Valley
Pool A
round 1
Natixis HKFC

28 Sep 2019 16:15 SKP

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish
VIEW ALL FIXTURES

21 Sep 2019 16:30 SKP

SCAA CWB Phoenix
Pool A
round 1
Tai Po Dragon

21 Sep 2019 16:30 HV-6

Societe Generale Valley Black Ladies
Pool A
round 1
Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

21 Sep 2019 18:00 HKFC

Natixis HKFC Ice
Pool A
round 1
Gai Wu

21 Sep 2019 18:15 KP-1

Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish Kukris

28 Sep 2019 16:30 HV-6

Societe Generale Valley Black Ladies
Pool A
round 1
Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
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14 Sep 2019 16:30 SKM

Bloomberg HK Scottish

-

Pool A
round 1
Societe Generale Valley

14 Sep 2019 16:30 HKFC

Natixis HKFC

-

Pool A
round 1
Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

14 Sep 2019 16:15 SKP

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay

-

Pool A
round 1
Kerry Hotel Kowloon

07 Sep 2019 17:00 KP-1

Kerry Hotel Kowloon

-

Pool A
round 1
Bloomberg HK Scottish

07 Sep 2019 16:30 HKFC

Natixis HKFC

-

Pool A
round 1
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
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14 Sep 2019 18:15 HKFC

Societe Generale Valley Black Ladies

-

Pool A
round 1
Natixis HKFC Ice

14 Sep 2019 18:00 KP-1

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

-

Pool A
round 1
SCAA CWB Phoenix

14 Sep 2019 18:00 SKM

Bloomberg HK Scottish Kukris

-

Pool A
round 1
Gai Wu

14 Sep 2019 16:30 KP-1

Tai Po Dragon

-

Pool A
round 1
Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
VIEW ALL RESULTS