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Chairman’s Update: Rugby League close to launch

Dear HK Rugby League Fan,

It has been an amazingly fast ride since we held our first board meeting and formed in December last year. We have seen an amazing response not just from those in Hong Kong but from the Rugby League community at large. My fellow board members and I have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to get RL off the ground here in HK.

The response has been phenomenal so much so that we very quickly recruited 6 squads to enter our nines competition along with 6 sides who wish to play Tag in the sister competition on what will be a momentous HKRL Exhibition day. Even more exciting is the interest we are seeing from schools and I know that several schools already have kids chomping at the bit to play Rugby League.

As many of you are aware we have been getting everything lined up to hold this exhibition day on 25 April 2015 (Anzac Day). However, through various different avenues we have struggled to get a pitch booking confirmed so we will have to postpone at this stage.

We hope this delay will be short lived as we know how keen so many of you are to see this succeed, and succeed it will! Please bear with us whilst we get used to the bureaucracy that prevails when trying to book sporting facilities in Hong Kong. This is merely a small hiccup due to the speed with which we are trying to develop; there was a delay in the processing of our incorporation which once processed will allow us to book pitches. We hope you can appreciate this small delay is out of our hands at this stage and you will still be prepared to take part in the Exhibition day once we have a confirmed venue and date, hopefully only a few weeks later than planned. Everything is in place and ready to go once we find a venue; its sure to be a cracking day!

For those I have not yet spoken to in person; beyond this Exhibition day there will be; Junior RL, a regular Tag competition, Friday Night 9s through the summer, Side of Origin, HK Thunder first international. So lots to come and look forward to. Anyone who wishes to help build on the work we have done to date please get in touch, volunteers, players, referees, administrators fans are all welcome.

Keep your eye out for a confirmed date for the Exhibition day and for details of the many other plans as well as our launch party night coming soon. In the mean time get yourself down to Pulse in Wan Chai to watch the NRL. There’s usually a couple of us there watching.

James Hall