Get to know the Hong Kong National Men’s & Women’s Sevens teams

15 March, 2018 by Matt Mcmanaway

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In the lead up to this year’s tournament, we sat down and asked SEVEN of the stars of the Hong Kong 7s squads SEVEN burning questions…


Colleen TJOSVOLD

What was your first Hong Kong Rugby club and how old were you when you started - who do you play for now?

I started playing rugby when I was 10 years old for my school team, Chinese International School. I currently play for Valley Rugby Club.

What is your best HK7s memory?
The very first time my dad took me to watch the Sevens when I was a kid. It was so exciting. Back then, I just loved watching the sport. I never thought I would have a chance to play at the HK7s representing my home country.

Who are the players to watch at this years tournament?
Valeria Montero (Argentina) is a strong and fast finisher. Yu Xiaoming (China) is a skilled playmaker. Celestine Masinde (Kenya) is quick and can score tries!

What is your favourite thing to do when you aren't working?
I like to go chill out at the beach, go for a walk in the park or spend time with family.

Other than the Sevens, what is the number 1 thing that first time tourists to HK should do?

Head to the goldfish market in Mong Kok.

Who do you think will win this years tournament?

South Africa, China and Brazil are all strong and experienced sides. We have also prepared well for the tournament.


If you could pick one player from history to be in your team who would it be and why?

Ghislaine Landry (Canada). She’s fast, smart and a great play maker. She’s got all the passing and kicking skills too. She seems pretty cool, she would make a great teammate.


Cado LEE

What was your first Hong Kong Rugby club and how old were you when you started - who do you play for now?

Kowloon Rugby Club and I started when I was 18. I play for USRC tigers now.

What is your best HK7s memory?

My best memory is when we beat Spain in extra time at the 2016 Quarter Final, we were behind on the score board and managed to come back and win the game. Plus we made it to the final that year.

Who are the players to watch at this years tournament?

Jerry Tuwai from Fiji. He plays in the same position as me and I love watching him play as he is very evasive and skilful.

What is your favourite thing to do when you aren't working?

I like to go to the beaches if the weather is nice. My favourite place has to be Repulse Bay.

Other than the Sevens, what is the number 1 thing that first time tourists to HK should do?

The Peak is a must visit as the view up there is amazing (especially at night). And you have the choice of hiking up or take the cable car.

Who do you think will win this years tournament?

I think Fiji will win this year tournament; the Fijians always bring surprises when they play in Hong Kong, every year!

If you could pick one player from history to be in your team who would it be and why?

William Ryder From Fiji - he would bring some X Factor into the team as he is fast and evasive, always able to break through the tackle line.


Russell WEBB

What was your first Hong Kong Rugby club and how old were you when you started - who do you play for now?

I’m a one club man! Hong Kong Football Club. I was 6 years old when I started playing and have been there ever since.

What is your best HK7s memory?

There are far too many to pick from but it would have to be either England beating Fiji at the death in 2006 or HK beating Wales back in 2010.

Who are the players to watch at this year’s tournament?

You can’t look past Perry Baker or Danny Barrett for the way they’ve been playing recently. And then you’ve got the likes of Jerry Tuwai, Tom Mitchell, Dan Norton and Cecil Afrika who I’m certain will light up the stage.

What is your favourite thing to do in HK when you aren't working?

Go to the cinema with Covs (Mike Coverdale)... we like our films.

Other than the Sevens, what is the number one thing that first time tourists to HK should do?

Assuming the weather’s good, a ride up peak tram to The Peak to check out the view overlooking Hong Kong island is a must. It’s lovely.

Who do you think will win this year’s tournament?

Want to say England but i reckon either Fiji or USA.... I’m going with USA.

If you could pick one player from history to be in your team who would it be and why?

Ben Gollings. There’s a reason why he’s the top points scorer in Sevens history and was who I enjoyed watching the most growing up.


Christy CHENG

What was your first Hong Kong Rugby club and how old were you when you started - who do you play for now?
My first rugby club was Tai Po Dragon. I was 20. And I’m currently playing for Gaiwu Falcons.

What is your best HK7s memory?

Couldn’t beat my first ever Hong Kong 7s. I was a helper back in 2004 (I think). The atmosphere, the players, the energy, whole environment was just magical.

Who are the players to watch at this years tournament?

I have my eyes on USA Perry Baker. He is known by his speed but he also has awesome agility. He is a finisher and a creator. Don’t blink when he has the ball in hands, he’s that quick!


What is your favourite thing to do in HK when you aren't working?

Do “nothing”. I enjoy chilling at home, Netflix and sofa!


Other than the Sevens, what is the number one thing that first time tourists to HK should do?

Experience the local areas. Birds & goldfish market in Prince Edward. Ladies market in Mongkok. And finish the day with local food stalls/restaurants in Temple Street, Jordan.


Who do you think will win this years tournament?

South Africa. I watched the last few stops, SA is probably the most consistent team within the series.


If you could pick one player from history to be in your team who would it be and why?

Gabriel Lee! She was a legend and I heard great things about her. Not just performance but also work ethics and attitude. Shame that I didn’t have chance to play with her. I would love to have her in my team, surely I will learn a lot.


Chris MAIZE

What was your first Hong Kong Rugby club and how old were you when you started - who do you play for now?

I started out with the dea Tigers when I was 7 years old and I still play for them today!

What is your best HK7s memory?

Probably scoring my first try and celebrating with my teammate Micheal Coverdale.

Other than the HK players, who are the players to watch at this years tournament?

Perry Baker is a freak but blink and you might miss him. Nasoko can offload out of anything and odds are Jerry Tuwai will be playing tricks on players all weekend.

What is your favourite thing to do in HK when you aren't working?

I really enjoy playing Fortnite with my friends.

Other than the Sevens, what is the number one thing that first time tourists to HK should do?

If the weather is good, head on down to Sai Kung and grab a boat ride out to one of the beaches.

Who do you think will win this years tournament?

I'm hoping that my former country of nationality, the United States might knick this one. Or maybe Baber and his Fijian lads.

If you could pick one player from history to be in your team who would it be and why.

It would probably be Jonah Lomu, he was a beast and I could just chuck him the ball and watch him go.


CHONG Ka Yan

What was your first Hong Kong Rugby club and how old were you when you started - who do you play for now?

I joined Gai Wu Rugby Club in 2013, I was 20 years old and 4 years later I still play for them now!

What is your best HK7s memory?

My best HK7s memory was two years ago, that was my first time to represent HK in HK7s. I had watched as a supporter before, but it was so memorable becoming a player and lapping up all the support in the 2015 Sevens.

Who are the players to watch at this years tournament?

The Fijian players are definitely the ones to watch. They have strong skills and tough mental status which is great and enjoyable to watch. Fiji also won the tournament last year, they are sure to send out their strongest team to defend their title.

What is your favourite thing to do in HK when you aren't working?

I like sitting down and do something static such as writing schedule and calligraphy. These would make me feel clam and relax after intense training and games.


Other than the Sevens, what is the number one thing that first time tourists to HK should do?

Besides rugby, I’d recommend trying some local foods like yumcha. Not only is Dim Sum unique for travellers, but it’s important for them to get involved in our culture.

Who do you think will win this year’s tournament?

I see ourselves as a potential winner of this year. We have prepared well and aim to get into the stadium, play the semis, finals and win the cup!

If you could pick one player from history to be in your team who would it be and why?

It would be great to have DJ Forbes in our team. His calm playing style and leadership would affect us teach us a lot about how to deal with different situations with a positive mental status.



Kane BOUCAUT

What was your first Hong Kong Rugby club and how old were you when you started - who do you play for now?

First Club was Hong Kong Scottish and I started playing for them at 23.

What is your best HK7s memory?

My first HK7s, when my mates from Australia visited and came to the Sevens with me. It was great to catch up with everyone from back home and experience the HK7s for the first time.

Other than the HK players, who are the players to watch at this year’s tournament?

Jerry Tuwai (Fiji) Perry Baker (USA) and Ben O'Donnell (Aus).

What is your favourite thing to do in HK when you aren't working?

Hiking and exploring Hong Kong. Getting out to the waterfalls, or beaches in the quieter parts of HK

Other than the Sevenss, what is the number one thing that first time tourists to HK should do?

Go on the Aqua Luna at sunset and see the buildings light up at night.

Who do you think will win this years tournament?

Fiji, HK is almost home turf for them, it will be hard to say they aren't favorites.

If you could pick one player from history to be in your team who would it be and why?

Waisale Serevi. I've had the pleasure of meeting Waisale, hearing his story and re-watching what he could do on the rugby pitch is incredible. A mate is writing a book about Waisale and some of the insights into his life are amazing. He put Sevens on the world stage and for those reasons I would choose to play with him.