South China Tigers

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South China Tigers
South China Tigers logo.png
UnionHong Kong Rugby Union
Founded2018; 2 years ago (2018)
LocationHong Kong
Ground(s)Aberdeen Sports Ground (Capacity: 9,000)
Coach(es)(Head coach) Craig Hammond
(Team manager) Andrew Hall
Captain(s)James Cunningham
Liam Slatem
League(s)Global Rapid Rugby
Official website

The South China Tigers is a professional rugby union team from Hong Kong that plays in the Global Rapid Rugby competition.[1]

The team was launched in 2018 to participate in the inaugural Global Rapid Rugby season.[2]

For the naming of the team, South China tigers are considered as the most distinctive of all tiger subspecies. The population once numbered more than 4,000 in the wild, distributed from Hunan, Jiangxi in the north to as far south as Hong Kong.[3]


The inaugural Global Rapid Rugby season was played as a showcase series in 2019, with the South China Tigers playing four matches in the Asia Showcase.[1] In the first Rapid Rugby match, Glyn Hughes scored the Tigers' first try in the ninth minute against the Western Force in Perth on 29 March 2019.[4] The team secured their first Rapid Rugby victory a month later in a home match against the Asia Pacific Dragons, winning 29–19 at the Aberdeen Sports Ground.[5]

Players and personnel[edit]


The squad for the 2019 season includes: [6][7][8][9][10]

South China Tigers – 2019 Global Rapid Rugby
(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped, 1 denotes marquee player.


Appointments for the 2019 season:[11]

Name Position
Craig Hammond Head Coach
Scott Sneddon Assistant Coach
Sam Hocking Assistant Coach
Brett Wilkinson Assistant Coach
Andrew Hall Team Manager


Season standings[edit]

Global Rapid Rugby

Year Pos Pld W D L PF PA +/− BP Pts Play-offs
2019* 3rd 4 1 0 3 93 145 −52 2 6 N/A


^* 2019 Rapid Rugby matches in the Asia showcase.

Head coaches[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rapid Rugby 2019 Schedule on show" (PDF) (Press release). Global Rapid Rugby. 1 March 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "HKRU confirms involvement in Global Rapid Rugby" (Press release). Hong Kong Rugby Union. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ "HKFP History: A brief history of South China tigers in Hong Kong" (Press release). Hong Kong Free Press. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Force power their way past Tigers". Global Rapid Rugby. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Global Rapid Rugby: South China Tigers win first home match as they beat Asia Pacific Dragons". South China Morning Post. 21 April 2019. Archived from the original on 18 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Team". South China Tigers. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  7. ^ Blennerhassett, Patrick (5 March 2019). "'Chaotic and high speed': South China Tigers unveil diverse roster for Global Rapid Rugby". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.
  8. ^ Blennerhassett, Patrick (1 March 2019). "Global Rapid Rugby and South China Tigers coming to Hong Kong for two games in 2019". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 9 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Greater Bay Area's first pro rugby club launched: FWD South China Tigers set to roar in Global Rapid Rugby Showcase". South China Tigers. 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Meet the players". South China Tigers. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Tigers ready to roar". The Standard. Hong Kong. 6 March 2019.

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