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Chinese Taipei captain Lin Chia-Wei on the opening day of the Hong Kong Sevens on Friday

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Chinese Taipei captain says Japan will be the team to beat in Guangzhou Asiad

Date : 26 Mar 2010

Hong Kong: Chinese Taipei captain Lin Chia-Wei was able to look on the bright side, despite his team suffering a 59-5 defeat at the hands of rugby superpower New Zealand on the opening day of the Hong Kong Sevens on Friday. Lin described the occasion as “very enjoyable” and said that rugby’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro provided a wonderful opportunity for Taipei officials to promote the game on the island.

“It was a very enjoyable game because it gave us the chance to play against a team like New Zealand,” said the captain.

“I was really excited about the prospect of playing them, and not afraid at all of the All Black shirt.”

When asked about the IOC’s decision in October to include rugby sevens in the 2016 Olympics, Lin replied: “It is really good motivation to develop rugby around Chinese Taipei on such a big stage.

“Also this year we have the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November, and we will have our strongest team out for that. We will try to win it, but there will be some very strong rivals, especially Japan.”

Against New Zealand, Chinese Taipei got on the scoreboard with a superb individual try from Wang Kuo-Feng, who ran from inside his own half and carved his way through the All Black defence to score in the right-wing corner – an effort that drew thunderous applause from the fans supporting the underdogs inside Hong Kong Stadium.

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