I sometimes have to pinch myself at this time of the year. HongKongers are spoilt for choice in March on the rugby front.
The 2015 Hong Kong Sevens is fast approaching of course, but before that little treat we have the HK Beach 5s in Repulse Bay (the weekend before) and an excellent rugby tens competition: the Hong Kong Tens, otherwise know as the GFI HKFC Tens.
This tournament has been going from strength to strength over the years (following a somewhat similar trajectory its more famous cousin the Hong Kong 7s).
There are some big name players on the pitch this year- it promises to offer some scintillating rugby.
Among the players this year is one of the HK7s “Magnificent Seven” players: England’s Ben Gollings who makes his debut at the GFI HKFC Tens with Samurai who are hoping to win the Cup for the first time after two falls at the final hurdle in previous years.
Gollings is the all-time top scorer in the HSBC Sevens World Series. Former England Chris Cracknell and Mat Turner will also be playing in the side.
Their arch rivals the Penguins, who have featured in the HK7s back in the days when England refused to send a team to the tournament, beat Samurai in the 2014 final. They’ll have England Sevens Old Boys Christian Lewis-Pratt, Callum Wilson and Mark Odejobi.
Gollings racked up no fewer then 2,652 points in 70 World Series 7s events and was instrumental in helping the team in white win the HK Sevens 4 times. He’ll need to adapt to a pitch with 6 more players on it. I wouldn’t bet against Samurai picking up the cup this year- can’t wait to see the action on Wednesday.