The HKFC Rugby Story

Rugby Union was the first sport to be played by the Hong Kong Football Club, with a game held on February 16th 1886 between civilians and the British Army garrison, then stationed in Hong Kong. That game was played on a pitch within the Happy Valley racetrack on Hong Kong Island where the Club is still located today.

Since these simple beginnings, Hong Kong Football Club has always played a key role in the playing and organisation of rugby in Hong Kong, with many of Hong Kong’s leading professionals and business people having played for the Club.

Members of the Club have represented Hong Kong in both 15 a side and 7 a side rugby since Hong Kong first began competing as a representative side.

The famous Hong Kong International Rugby Sevens was founded by our members and was first played at the Club in 1976 where it remained for six years before outgrowing our stadium and moving to the current venue at Hong Kong Stadium.

Not satisfied with having created one world class tournament, the Rugby Section of the Club organised its inaugural international ten a side tournament in 1986 to celebrate the Club’s centenary and provide the opportunity for many rugby fans and friends of the Club visiting Hong Kong for the Sevens with the chance to play as well. This concept proved so successful that the Rugby Section has been organising annual tens tournaments ever since then.

A more detailed history of the HKFC can be seen here.

HKFC was founded on Friday 12 February 1886
HKFC have been playing rugby in Happy Valley since 16 February 1886. On that day, a team picked by Dr Pike beat one picked by Dr Thompson by a goal and two tries to nil.
First interport match against Shanghai in Hong Kong
HKFC Rugby Section has been playing Interport matches against teams from other port cities in the region for well over 100 years, starting with the first match against Shanghai in Hong Kong in 1908. The final Interport versus Shanghai was played in late March 1949, as Shanghai fell to the People’s Liberation Army two months later.
“England” vs “Scotland”
“England” played “Scotland” expatriates on 27 December 1919 in a forerunner to the regular St George’s versus St Andrew’s Society matches played nowadays.