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USRC Tigers RFC
三軍會猛虎欖球會
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Full name USRC Tigers Rugby Football Club
Founded 1970s as Kai Tak Mini RFC
Location King's Park, Kowloon
Ground(s) King's Park Sports Ground, 3,000 capacity
Chairman Marco Cassandro
Coach(es) Craig Stewart
League(s) HKRFU Premiership, Hong Kong Mini-Rugby Football Union, Colts-Rugby Club League
2009–10 Division One/Pool A
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.usrctigers.com

USRC Tigers (三軍會猛虎欖球會) is a rugby football club based in King's Park, Hong Kong. It arose from the merger between Kai Tak Tigers and DeA Flamingo Rugby Football Club in 1990 to become "DeA Tigers". In 2014, DeA Tigers associated with the United Services Recreation Club (USRC) to become "USRC Tigers".

History[edit]

Kai Tak Mini Rugby Club, a precursor to the present-day club, was created in the late 1970s to cater for mini rugby. It derived its name from its location at the sports ground at Kai Tak.[1] However, as the Kai Tak Airport expanded, the club was relocated first to Blackdown Barracks where the British military were stationed, and then successively to Shek Kip Mei and finally King's Park, where it shared the grounds with 'Tigers Rugby Club' of the British Armed Forces. After the British departed in 1997, Kai Tak Minis adopted the word 'Tigers' into their name and became the Kai Tak Tigers Mini Rugby Club until the merger with DeA.[1]

The 'seniors' part of the club was formed in 1988 to pursue a Rugby Development Programme under the auspices of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and was thus named 'DeA'. This group of local male and female P.E. teachers joined with the scheme participants to enter the first ever touch rugby training and tournament. In 1990, 'DeA Flamingo Rugby Football Club' was created to cater for older rugby players in need of a senior club. Over time, the 'Flamingo' in the name was dropped.[1]

In September 2002,[2] upon its merger with Kai Tak, creating only the second club to cater for rugby at all levels, the club henceforth become 'DeA Tigers Rugby Football Club'.[1] At the club's general meeting in 2014, members approved an association with the United Services Recreation Club (USRC) and a name change to USRC Tigers RFC.[3]

Grounds[edit]

Tigers' "home ground" at King's Park is shared with other members of the King's Park Sports Association – sporting clubs that play a range of sports such as football, baseball. The actual tenant is the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, which signed the underlying seven-year lease with the Hong Kong Government for the grounds, and invested in laying artificial turf on all pitches and installing floodlighting.[1]

2012–2013 Squad[edit]

in bold = players internationals
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Alvin Chik Hooker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Rory Godman Hooker New Zealand New Zealand
James Cooper Prop England England
Philip Leung Prop Hong Kong Hong Kong
Fraser Smith Prop England England
Li On Prop Hong Kong Hong Kong
Ivan Zenovic Lock Hong Kong Hong Kong
Matthew Nuttall Lock Hong Kong Hong Kong
Mike Waller Lock Hong Kong Hong Kong
Chris Maize Lock Hong Kong Hong Kong
Mark Siddons Lock England England
Charles Armstrong Lock Ireland Ireland
Tom Jackson Lock England England
Adam Hill Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Toby Fenn Flanker South Africa South Africa
Zeky Cheng Flanker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Dominic Masters Flanker England England
Joey Wheeler Flanker England England
Samuel Gilbert Flanker England England
Simon Porter Flanker England England
Aiden Bradley Flanker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Kwok Ka Chun Flanker Hong Kong Hong Kong
Carl Harrison Number 8 Wales Wales
Pale Tauti Number 8 Hong Kong Hong Kong
Player Position Union
Fan Shun Ke Scrum-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Donald Blake Scrum-half England England
Taffy Gutu Scrum-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Charles Cheung Scrum-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Taffy Gutu Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Sam Wood Fly-half England England
Keith Robertson Fly-half Hong Kong Hong Kong
Matt Price Fly-half Australia Australia
Lex Kaleca Centre Fiji Fiji
Logan Moore Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Matt Ruscoe Centre South Africa South Africa
Robert Cleary Wing England England
Dennis Chang Wing Hong Kong Hong Kong
Phil Longuet-Higgins Wing England England
Jamie Lau Wing England England
Watermelon Kwong Wing Hong Kong Hong Kong
Oliver Pointon Fullback England England
Rowan Varty Fullback Hong Kong Hong Kong

Notable players[edit]


Membership[edit]

Membership of the mini/youth rugby club is relatively open, and is achieved through the players themselves; registration takes place at the start of each season in late August/early September. Costs are kept to a minimum by parents' active involvement in the running of the club, such as taking on the role as coaches or in other capacities, and/or join the Section or General Committees that administer the club.

Seasons[edit]

DeA Tigers play in the HKRFU Premiership, an inter-club league which begins in early September and ends in April. There are several off-season on-day leagues usually played throughout the rest of March and April. Training sessions are generally held every Sunday throughout the season. The mini-rugby section (U5s–U10s) train in the morning, while the older Minis and Colts section teams (U14s–U18s) train later on in the day. Summer training takes place on Tuesday evenings.

During the main season, the inter-club league is held where the Colts teams play the other Division One clubs such as Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC) and Valley Fort. However, large clubs often field a separate roster of a "second team" to play weaker opposition sides in one-day tournaments. It is rare for a club team to field a second team to compete in a weaker division in the inter-club league.

Club structure[edit]

The club is divided into three main sporting divisions: Senior, Youth, and Mini; each division has its own committee, and sections for girls/women's rugby. The club is run by a General Committee consisting of six Elected Members and three ex officio members, who are the chairmen of each of the Seniors Colts and Minis, and a number of co-opted members. It also has activities on a social level for adults.[2]

poster publicising the Rugby Grand Championships in 2011

The DeA 1st, 2nd and 3rd XV all reached the finals in 2010/2011 season.

Colts-rugby section[edit]

The Colts are youth section, for children aged between 12 and 18

Mini-rugby section[edit]

The Minis cater for children from the age of 5 up to the age of 11

Affiliations[edit]

As of August 2014, Tigers RFC is associated with the United Services Recreation Club.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rugby section, The KCC Magazine, May 2008, Kowloon Cricket Club
  2. ^ a b About DeA, DeA Tigers, 12 September 2008
  3. ^ "USRC TIGERS". USRC Tigers RFC. 4 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014
  4. ^ Sallay, Alvin (23 April 2013). "Rowan Varty to add pace to Barbarians". South China Morning Post

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