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12 Dec 2013
Hong Kong, China: Forty Hong Kong Rugby Football Union athletes have been inducted into the Union’s first Elite Rugby Sevens programme at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

The HKRFU became the first Hong Kong team sport inducted into the Sports Institute in April 2013. The intervening months have seen the HKRFU select its inductees while several employed athletes have been in discussion with their employers to obtain sabbaticals to pursue their dreams of becoming full-time professional rugby athletes.

The 40-member squad comprises 14 full-time men’s rugby sevens athletes and eight part-time men’s athletes. Of the 18 female athletes, 11 are full-time and seven are part-time. 

“The players’ employers have been very supportive of our aims and objectives,” said Dai Rees, HKRFU Head of Technical Development and Performance, noting that several of the players have been granted sabbaticals for pursuing their rugby dreams – including the drive to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Solicitor and former men’s sevens captain Rowan Varty has put his legal career on hold to pursue his dream of representing Hong Kong in the Olympics.
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