Meet This Year's Teams

Teams

This year’s Tradition HKFC 10s is set to surpass all expectations, showcasing an exceptional assembly of formidable talent with 12 men’s and 8 women’s teams. Each squad is jampacked with talent and we can’t wait to see who’ll end up on top!

Dive in and meet the teams:

⁠Shandong Rugby Women
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HKFC Natixis ICE
HKFC Natixis ICE
China Five Stars Women
China Five Stars Women
PNG Rugby Women
PNG Rugby Women
Shandong Rugby
Shandong Rugby

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HKFC Natixis Club

With a powerhouse legacy and a name synonymous with Hong Kong Rugby, HKFC Natixis Club – or simply “Club” – takes the field as the HKFC 10s hosts. Established in 1886, the HKFC Rugby Section boasts the title of Hong Kong’s largest, nurturing future stars from a young age of 2 all the way to seasoned veterans.  Their near 1300-strong member base speaks volumes about the club’s dedication to the sport.

Club’s dominance on the pitch is undeniable.  They’ve secured an impressive 5 Premiership titles and a staggering 3 consecutive Grand Championship finals victories, solidifying their position as a force to be reckoned with.  This success extends beyond trophies. Club has a rich history of breeding Hong Kong China internationals – a testament to their player development expertise.  A whopping 20 Club players featured in the recent Hong Kong China vs Germany test series, and a remarkable 6 Hong Kong China 7s players honed their skills on the HKFC pitches.

Fresh off their Plate Championship win in 2023, Club, under the guidance of Coach Logan Asplin, arrives at the HKFC 10s ready to showcase their exceptional talent and fierce competitive spirit.

Tradition YCAC

Tradition YCAC

Tradition YCAC (Yokohama Country and Athletic Club) have consistently been one of the tournament’s top performers  and are one of the favourites to win the Cup this year. Since 2013, YCAC have reached the Cup finals in 2014, 2015, 2018 and won the Cup in 2023.

In 2018, YCAC were flawless in the group stage, putting up 74 points in three matches and not conceding a single point. On knockout day, YCAC carried on the momentum to defeat Pyrenees and Penguins in two close encounters en route to a final showdown with Cup holders UBS Gavekal. YCAC quickly went down 12-0 before fighting back to 17-17 butwere undone by a last-minute try.

In 2023, YCAC went one better and defeated Samurai in an epic final to win the tournament that they had narrowly missed out on in previous years.

This year they will again bid to lift the Bill Burgess Cup and enter the tournament as favourites.

Mourant Apache

Mourant Apache

Apache have been on the UK domestic sevens circuit since being founded by brothers Adam and Jonas Hurst in 1998. We have been one of only two core teams involved with every season of the Super Sevens Series in the UK, finishing a close 3rdin 2023 and winning a number of tournaments each season. A number of Apache players have gained international caps (7s and XVs) over the years, but this is just a part of what we do. What sets Apache apart is that we do not change our squad week-to-week, as many sides do, but value loyalty and consistency. We train together in the summer months, use the same players each week/year, play at the same tournaments each year, and enjoy our rugby as a team and play with the right spirit and values; players are aware they are joining a proper sevens ‘club’ and this has led to plenty of success, but lifelong friendships too. We are delighted to be attending the Transition HK10s in 2024 (for what we hope will be the first visit of many to come!), and the players are excited for what lies in store. As ever, we are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for the 2024 HK 10s, Mourant, for making it all happen – we look forward to showing what we can do.

Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles

The Taikoo Place Exiles first appeared at the Melrose 7s in 2011- the birthplace of Rugby Sevens; and were predominantly represented by players of Scottish ancestry playing in Hong Kong.

Returning for their 10th appearance at the HK 10’s, this year’s team combines a strong mix of local and overseas talent. The 2015 Cup semi-finalists, in recent years have won silverware in the last 3 tournaments with the shield in 2019 and the bowl in 2018 & 2023.

Having achieved charity status in 2023, the Hong Kong Scottish foundation partners with the Exiles for this year’s campaign, a relationship that offers a unique outreach to local communities through the use of rugby and sport.

With an exciting brand of rugby, the Exiles will certainly keep the crowd entertained.

Tropics

The Tropics franchise was first launched in 2015, between 8 mates looking to play sevens in their summer off season. The community that followed, has been the foundation of a now thriving club that has welcomed 100s of players, representing the jersey all over the world. Although based in London, Tropics is an international club with capped players representing England, Wales, Scotland, GB, Samoa, Fiji, Australia, Ireland, Jamaica, Philippines, Uganda, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

Off the pitch, the club is involved in the Sevens Academy; an initiative that leans on its experienced players to inspire the next generation of sevens players; through accessible coaching programs in communities globally.

Whilst still a young club, our ambition is to become one of the most competitive invitational sides in the world. Having consistently made knockout stages, featuring in competitions such as Dubai 7s and the Safari 7s; we now return to the Hong Kong 10s in search of silverware.

Shogun RFC

Shogun Rugby

Shogun Rugby Football Club was founded by Terry Sands in 1996, being inspired by the playing spirit and tenacity of the Japanese national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Originally called Samurai RFC, the club is widely regarded as one of the best 7s teams in the world. It operates on a purely invitational basis, usually creating a new squad of coaches and players for each tournament, with an unparalleled win/loss ratio which is the envy of the sport.

In 2024, the club decided to change its name to Shogun Rugby Club – a name fitting with their core values, exceptional leadership and commanding presence on and off the field.

Shogun RFC survives by fundraising, donations and sponsorship and has done for over 25 years on a totally non-profit basis. Funds raised go towards the costs of entering and participating in global tournaments annually – a team of Harlem Globetrotters in the fast-growing sport of Rugby 7s.

Squads are usually a mix of professional and amateur players and coaches selected by invitation only. Often players that have been identified by our talent ID scouts that are positioned globally. More significantly, a mix of nationalities with frequently at least five or six countries being represented. Players do not get paid for playing, and being selected to play for Shogun Rugby is seen as an honour, even for professional players.

Papua New Guinea Rugby

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea played in the Hong Kong Sevens World Series qualifier in 2015, making the semi-finals where they lost to Russia.

In 2016, they lost all matches in the group phase. In 2017, they reached the semi-finals. PNG qualified for the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. PNG made its first appearance at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018 following its fifth-place finish at the 2017 Oceania Sevens Championship.

In the 15s game, PNG Pukpuks were crowned Oceania Cup Champions in 2015, 2019 and 2022. In 2016, they were invited to attend the Regal Cup in Hong Kong.

The PNG teams has now been boosted with the inclusion of Will Genia (Former Australian Captain) and Aiden Toua from the Queensland Reds, who have both now qualified to represent PNG after the 3 year – stand down period.

Haywards Tropics

The Tropics franchise was first launched in 2015, between 8 mates looking to play sevens in their summer off season. The community that followed, has been the foundation of a now thriving club that has welcomed 100s of players, representing the jersey all over the world. Although based in London, Tropics is an international club with capped players representing England, Wales, Scotland, GB, Samoa, Fiji, Australia, Ireland, Jamaica, Philippines, Uganda, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

Off the pitch, the club is involved in the Sevens Academy; an initiative that leans on its experienced players to inspire the next generation of sevens players; through accessible coaching programs in communities globally.

Whilst still a young club, our ambition is to become one of the most competitive invitational sides in the world. Having consistently made knockout stages, featuring in competitions such as Dubai 7s and the Safari 7s; we now return to the Hong Kong 10s in search of silverware.

Shogun RFC

RKS Shogun Rugby

RKS Shogun Rugby

Shogun Rugby Football Club was founded by Terry Sands in 1996, being inspired by the playing spirit and tenacity of the Japanese national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Originally called Samurai RFC, the club is widely regarded as one of the best 7s teams in the world. It operates on a purely invitational basis, usually creating a new squad of coaches and players for each tournament, with an unparalleled win/loss ratio which is the envy of the sport.

In 2024, the club decided to change its name to Shogun Rugby Club – a name fitting with their core values, exceptional leadership and commanding presence on and off the field.

Shogun RFC survives by fundraising, donations and sponsorship and has done for over 25 years on a totally non-profit basis. Funds raised go towards the costs of entering and participating in global tournaments annually – a team of Harlem Globetrotters in the fast-growing sport of Rugby 7s.

Squads are usually a mix of professional and amateur players and coaches selected by invitation only. Often players that have been identified by our talent ID scouts that are positioned globally. More significantly, a mix of nationalities with frequently at least five or six countries being represented. Players do not get paid for playing, and being selected to play for Shogun Rugby is seen as an honour, even for professional players.

Find Rugby Now

The FindRugbyNow women’s team was founded 12 years ago in England by Ellaine Gelman, founder of FindRugbyNow (a company dedicated to supporting the amateur rugby community – www.findrugbynow.com), in order to provide players with a chance to develop their rugby 7s skills and to progress to elite rugby.

We are proud to say that we have continued our commitment to this goal and now boast elite and academy sides with multiple ex-FindRugbyNow players that have gone on to play for their national teams including Georgia Lingham & Emma Mundy(England 7s), Megan Gaffney (Scotland 15s & GB7s) and Lauren Delaney (Ireland 15s).

The team plays on the rugby sevens circuit in the UK in the summer and travels to compete at fun and prestigious tournaments like HK10s throughout the year. Past tournaments have included HK10s, Dubai 7s, Amsterdam 7s, LIT7s, Kinsale 7s, Bournemouth 7s, Barbados 7s, Grenada Rugby World 7s and many others!

The women’s team has had good success this past 2023 season winning South Island 7s, Give a Ruck 7s (LIT7s Series) and coming in as Runners-Up at LIT7s and Barking 7s (LIT7s Series). This summer FindRugbyNow will be taking part in the LIT7s Series (www.LIT7s.com) in the UK!

One thing that makes the team unique is that we pride ourselves on bringing together players from all around the world and our team for HK10s is no different with players coming from 11 different countries – Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, France, the Netherlands, Trinidad & Tobago, Papa New Guinea, Jamaica, Uganda, Mexico and Hong Kong!

Pig Athletic Club Rugby

Pig Athletic Club

Founded in 2016 by former Chichester RFC teammates, Jonathan Brown and Joseph Shopland, the Pig Athletic Club name embodies the spirit of camaraderie both on and off the field.

Since debuting at the Saigon 10s in September 2016, the Pig Athletic Club have been dedicated to providing unparalleled playing and travel experiences for players seeking more than just a game.

As a collective of former Australian club rugby players, we felt that the game we love needed to adapt to the social media era through relatable content. With emphasis on highlighting player’s unique stories and rugby talents. We have built an online rugby community dedicated to “Make Rugby Great Again” in Australia.

Through our PAC BaaBaas working in tandem with our media division, we believe we can help further boost the profile of rugby.

Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix

Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix

Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix were established in 2002 and is affiliated with the Shibua area of Tokyo, Japan.

The team is comprised of 43 members and compromised of both salaried workers and University students, whilst also hosting a number of invited overseas players.

A number of the team’s players also represented Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2021 Rugby World Cup. Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix also provides a number of players to overseas leagues, with two players competing in the Super W in Australia in 2023.

The Director of Rugby is former Japan National Team representative Yohei Shinomiya.

Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix constantly strives to promote Women’s Rugby in Japan by their on-field performances and off-field work. During the team’s 20th Anniversary year, the side won National Championships in both 7’s and 15’s formats. Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix also has a strong community link, with social touch football events and school visits being performed by team members.

Preseli Babas

Preseli Babas – Currently in our 10th year of competing in 7’s tournaments across Europe. The HKFC 10swill be our first 10s competition and our first competition outside of Europe as we look to make our 10th year our biggest yet!

We’ve tasted success in a number of tournaments and are the current back to back Welsh 7’s Series Champions.

Jiangsu Lions

Jiangsu Lions

Jiangsu Lions was established in 2019, a professional Rugby team based in Jiangsu at the Sports Bureau Training Centre, under the leadership of the Jiangsu Sports Bureau.

Jiangsu Lions are one of the best rugby teams in China, having won the National Men’s 7s Championship and National Men’s 15s tournament in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

 

A-Trade Overseas Old Boys

The Overseas Old Boys have played in every HKFC Ten’s competition since 2003, only missing the Covid years, which is a record amount of continuous tournaments. We have won the Plate and the Bowl competitions and our best finish in the Cup was last year when getting beaten in the semi-final by Samurai. A number of players return this year who have played a number of times in the past, so we welcome back; Hamish Paterson, Epeli Lotawa, JoJo Lilidamu, Tony Lamborn, Rory Drummond, Leandro Vakatini and Findlay Broomfield. 

Debutants this year are; Lachlan Munro and Josefa Seutobo

Our tradition of playing local Hong Kong players continues with the return of Xavier Christopher and the debut of Dylan McCan. Hopefully they will go on to represent Hong Kong like previous Old Boys; Max Woodward, Mark Wright, Jamie Hood, Liam Herbert and Harry Sayers to name a few.

The team has been sponsored each year by a bunch of rugby fanatic mates who have really worked hard for many years to enable us to compete. So it’s big call out to them; Lawrence Webb, Brent York, Bazza Mitchell, Kev Herbert, Kev Brown, June Wright, Woody, Grant Kennedy, Rob Wright and finally Paul Jenkins. Sadly a couple of our stalwarts are no longer with us, but a mention must be made of Tony Pannel and Stewart McCarthy. Finally, a mention goes out to the organisers and management team, manager Rob, coach Woody and water boy Paul. Come on the old boys!!

HKFC Natixis Ice

HKFC Ice

Another cornerstone of the HKFC 10s is the formidable HKFC Natixis Ice. Ice draws strength from the HKFC Rugby Section’s distinguished history, tracing back to establishment roots steeped in tradition and athletic fervor. Though Girls’ and Women’s Rugby at HKFC started its journey in 1996, it has since burgeoned into a powerhouse within the sport. HKFC stands out as the only domestic club with representation at all levels of girls’ and women’s rugby, a testament to their broad and inclusive approach to nurturing talent.

HKFC Natixis Ice, the Premiership Team, is a testament to the club’s enduring ethos of excellence, swiftly clinching their status as titans within the local rugby domain. Their impressive string of back-to-back Premiership Championship victories, along with their prominent showings as Grand Championship finalists, underscore their unflagging drive and commitment to the game.

Led by Coach Jonty Wood, Ice brings a powerful combination of homegrown talent and international experience.  Players like Roshini Turner, Rachel Fong, Aileen Ryan (all Hong Kong China 15s), and Anna Birkett (Hong Kong China 7s) are forces to be reckoned with.  Adding further depth to the squad are international stars like Sofie Fella (Germany 15s & 7s) and Octavia Iafeta (Manusina Samoa 15s).

Fresh off their Plate runner-up finish last year, Ice arrives at the HKFC 10s hungry for victory and poised to deliver an electrifying performance.

China Five Stars

China Five Stars

China Five Stars comprises of members of China’s National Team. In 2016 they played in the 10s under the name CRFA Gladiators, before returning in 2023 as the China Five Stars

Returning for their 14th year and searching for silverware, the team were victorious in the 10s bowl final in 2005 and will be looking to win a trophy once again.

China Five Stars

China Five Stars

China Five Stars Women

China Five Stars comprises of members of China’s National Team. In 2016 they played in the 10s under the name CRFA Gladiators, before returning in 2023 as the China Five Stars

Returning for their 14th year and searching for silverware, the team were victorious in the 10s bowl final in 2005 and will be looking to win a trophy once again.