Hong Kong China arrived Sunday night in the country ahead of their first match scheduled for July 15th 2023.

Hong Kong China are in Pool B and are set to open their campaign against Spain, then face  Samoa on July 20th before concluding their preliminary matches against hosts Kenya on July 25th in the eight-team tournament.

The team’s U20 Head Coach, Logan Asplin said, “Thank you for accommodating us, for welcoming us to your country.

We have trained a week together and that preparation has put us into a really good place leading into this week and onwards.

Rugby is really important but the experiences these young men get and us as Coaches and management for the three weeks we are here, we are pretty excited”

He added, “This is  such  a good way to put ourselves to the test and to grow our game.”

The team is composed of players across ten cities of the world including from the UK, NewZealand, Australia and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong China U20 Captain, Tyler McNutt said, “Its awesome to come together as a team and ready to play some awesome rugby alongside some quality teams. As a team we are not just thinking about ourselves as players but also the future of Hong Kong Rugby.”

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Tournament kick off

The tournament starting this Saturday July 15th and running until  July 30th, splits the eight teams into two pools;

Pool A: Scotland, Uruguay, USA and Zimbabwe

Pool B: Kenya, Spain, Samoa and Hong Kong China

Each team will play three pool matches before a ranking match on the final day. All matches are taking place at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

Trophy winners will gain promotion to the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2024, joining the best of the best international up-and-comers.

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