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The Classic Wallabies visited Hong Kong for the third year running compete in the Hong Kong Tens tournament, conducting a host of other activities to celebrate and develop rugby throughout their stay, before joining in the iconic Hong Kong 7s celebrations.

Plenty of smiles last week at the Australian International School Hong Kong for our clinics during the GFI HKFC 10s, thanks to Kerry Hotel Hong Kong Kerry Hotel Hong Kong.

Posted by Classic Wallabies on Monday, 8 April 2019

Tournament Preparation

The squad arrived in Hong Kong a couple of days ahead of the Tens, bringing together a mix of youth and experience aimed at fielding a competitive side in the tournament, whilst providing aspiring representative players an opportunity for mentorship with a handful of former players that have played on the biggest stages in word rugby.

Classic Wallabies world cup winner Stephen Larkham joined Wendell Sailor, Nathan Charles & Stephen Hoiles in the on-field squad, assisted by Justin Harrison and James Holbeck.

Based at the luxurious Kerry Hotel in Kowloon, the squad took the opportunity visit a number of local schools to conduct coaching clinics, participate in Q&A sessions, sign autographs and of course prepare for the tournament. Thank you to King George V School, Harrow International School and the Australian International School for hosting the players.

Larkham, Harrison and Holbeck took time out from the pre-tournament training schedule to visit the offices of Macquarie for a chat about high performance, culture and the biggest lessons learnt from rugby, with both the bank’s local team, and their global staff via video link.

Hong Kong Tens

Day one of the 2019 Hong Kong Tens kicked off on Wednesday 3rd April. With the squad coming together from a range of places, it would be interesting to see how they’d gel after a relatively short preparation. Many of the squad had never played the 10-a-side format, despite having plenty of experience at either 15s or 7s.

The Classic Wallabies started off strong with a 19-5 win against Asia Pacific Dragons & a close fought 14-12 victory over Grove Penguins before coming up against the home side, Natixis HKFC, and losing 15-12 to round out the day placed 2nd in the group going into the finals. However the squad faced significant attrition with a number of injuries.

On day two, the men in gold faced Samurai International in the Cup Quarter Final. In an extremely tight encounter, the Classics  went down 10-7.  They then moved across to the Plate Semi Final for a convincing 24-5 win over A Trade Overseas Old Boys.

In the Plate Playoff against Tradition YCAC the Classics were outclassed by a strong opposition going down 28-5 to finish fourth overall and secure the highest place finish for the Classic Wallabies in the Hong Kong Tens.

In the middle, out wide and in the air it was a real contest against Samurai International, with Samurai edging Classic…

Posted by Classic Wallabies on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

 

Classic Wallabies Squad

In alphabetical order (denotes representative honours)

Tim Atkinson (Australia 7s, 2002-2006; ACT Brumbies, 2000-01; Qld Reds 2002-2005)
Angus Bell (Australia 7s Development)
Nathan Charles (Wallabies, 2014)
Tom Connor (Australia 7s)
Liam Gourlie (WA U19)
Victor Harris (Australia Under 20 training squad)
Stephen Hoiles (Wallabies, 2004-2008)
Luke Kimber (Canberra Vikings NRC)
Stephen Larkham (Wallabies, 1996-2007)
Sione Ma’u (Canberra Royals)
Will Maddocks (Australia 7s Development)
Patrick Phibbs (Australia A, 2008; ACT Brumbies, 2005-11)
Triston Reilly (Australia 7s)
Wendell Sailor (Wallabies, 2002-05)
Hayden Sargeant (Australia Under 20s, 2018)
Rory Scott (Australia Schools, 2018)
Faalelei Sione (Australia Under 20, 2016; ACT Brumbies , 2017)
Josh Turner (Australia 7s Development)
Tim Wright (Australia 7s 2006-08)

Management

Justin Harrison – Chef de Mission (Wallabies, 2001-04)
James Holbeck – Manager (Wallabies, 1997-2001)
Will Stuart – Strength & Conditioning
Matt Want – Media & Communications

Long Lunch at Kerry Hotel

On Friday 5th April the Kerry Hotel and Classic Wallabies staged their increasingly popular Sevens Long Lunch.

Over 300 guests packed the Kerry Hotel grand ballroom to hear from the Classic Wallabies legends Larkham, Harrison and Sailor, along with a tournament preview with Australian 7s coaches Tim Walsh, Stephen Hoiles and captain Lewis Holland.

There were some incredible prizes on offer exclusively for guests, including a private coaching session with the Classic Wallabies, signed Classic Wallabies jerseys and signed Australian Mens and Womens Sevens jerseys. Proceeds from the auction go towards the Classic Wallabies continuing their grassroots coaching and development work, focusing on struggling rural locations around Australia.

From there, all guests including the Classic Wallabies headed to various locations around Hong Kong Stadium, which may or may not have included the south stand.

From there, all guests including the Classic Wallabies headed to various locations around Hong Kong Stadium, which may or may not have included the south stand.

We look forward to returning to Hong Kong in 2020 to conduct coaching clinics and compete in the Hong Kong Tens.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters, without whom this tour would not be possible. Especially tour partners Kerry Hotel, Pegasystems, Macquarie, and St James Place.

 

Image Gallery

Take a look through this extensive gallery of images from our week long tour to Hong Kong.