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Samurai RFC Warriors roll out the big guns for Tradition HKFC 10s

Former internationals Victor Matfield, Nick Easter and Kevin Maggs will feature in the 10-a-side invitational rugby tournament, later this month.

HONG KONG, 3 March 2023 - Runners-up in the 2019 final, the Samurai RFC Warriors will be strong contenders in the upcoming Tradition HKFC 10s rugby tournament which takes place at Hong Kong Football Club from 29th to 30th March.

With a coaching team that includes former internationals Nick Easter and Kevin Maggs, the team combines exciting new talent with the experience of South African giant, Victor Matfield.

The Men’s Competition boasts a competitive field with the return of some well known invitational sides including Tradition YCAC from Japan, A-Trade Overseas Old Boys and the East Africa RFC.

Former Hong Kong Rugby national team Head Coach, Dai Rees, is returning to the Fragrant Harbour with the Welsh touring side Crawshays celebrating their centenary year. New additions to the tournament include Paris-based Natixis Seventise and London’s Ashbury Tropics.

Hosts HKFC Natixis Club will be favourites among the Hong Kong clubs which also include tournament veterans, Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles and IMPACTHK HKU Sandy Bay.

The 2023 Tradition HKFC 10s marks the 35th edition of Hong Kong Football Club’s flagship rugby event, considered by many to be the world’s leading invitational rugby tens tournament.

Inaugurated in 1986 to celebrate Hong Kong Football Club’s centenary, the Tradition HKFC 10s has long attracted the game’s top players including seven All Blacks who won the 2015 Rugby World Cup – Conrad Smith, Jerome Kaino (both 2003), Ben Smith, Charlie Faumuina (both 2008), Beauden Barrett, Sam Cane (both 2010) and Nehe Milner-Skudder (2013).

Recent stars include Australian legend Wendell Sailor (2017-18), and former France World Cup player Damien Traille (2018). In 2019, the event attracted several Fijian Sevens stars including Isake Katonibau, who won the Hong Kong Sevens a historic four times in a row from 2015-2018, and Apisai Domolailai, a 2016 Olympic gold medallist.

Tradition HKFC 10s consists of two days of fast-running rugby at Hong Kong Football Club. Matches are 10 minutes each way and scheduled back-to-back each day. Gates open at 8.30am. Tickets cost $120 per day and are available on the gate, at and

Tradition, a world leader in professional brokerage activities, has signed a three-year title sponsor agreement starting for the 2023 tournament, while other sponsors include Natixis (Gold Sponsor), AIA, Allied World, Samurai, Taikoo Place and Mourant (Silver Sponsors), Orion (official beer).

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Hashtag: #HKFC10s #worldsbest10s

Teams confirmed to participate in the 2023 Tradition HKFC 10s are:

1. HKFC Natixis Club

2. Tradition YCAC

3. Shanghai Rugby Football Club

4. Samurai RFC Warriors

5. Trade Overseas Old Boys

6. Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles


8. East Africa RFC

9. Ashbury Tropics

10. Crawshays

11. Seventise

12. China Five Stars

Information and Photo source : Roco Communications / Tradition HKFC 10s

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