GLOBAL RAPID RUGBY ANNOUNCE THE NEW FWD SOUTH CHINA TIGERS HOME GAME SCHEDULE FOR THE 2020 RAPID RUGBY SEASON

Today, Global Rapid Rugby and Hong Kong Rugby Union announced the revised schedule of the 2020 Global Rapid Rugby season.

The revision is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the travel and logistic implications posed by the positive global health response on the back of the World Health Organisation’s declaration of a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”. In light of these new travel measures being put in place and the ongoing containment efforts to minimise potential transmission, it was felt that the March and early April South China Tigers home games in Hong Kong should be pushed to the tail-end of the season.

The HKRU believe that rescheduling these home games is the most responsible path to take and will be well-received by teams, officials and most importantly our fans.

With this in mind, the inaugural Rapid Rugby Season will kick off on March 14th as planned, with an ‘Opening Round Spectacular’ double-header hosted in Perth, (Manuma Samoa v South China Tigers, and Western Force v Malaysia Valke) plus Fijian Latui will host the China Lions under lights in Suva, Fiji.

The revised schedule will see the first FWD South China Tigers home game at the iconic Hong Kong Stadium, under the lights on Friday 24th of April, against another Hong Kong favourite Fijian Latui. The following Friday, the Tigers will return to Hong Kong Stadium again to take on Manuma Samoa. The Tigers will play their remaining 3 home games at both Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground , where French rugby powerhouse Racing 92 took on the reigning 2016 Super Rugby Championship Highlanders of New Zealand back in February 2017; and Aberdeen Sports Ground, the home of the FWD South China Tigers in 2019.

“Global Rapid Rugby is raising the bar for sports entertainment in the Asia Pacific region, and the South China Tigers are excited to be part of this literally game-changing competition. The Tigers bring together the best talent from the Hong Kong domestic league and across the Greater Bay Area lining up alongside our national 15s and 7s players - Hong Kong are reigning Asian Games 7s Gold Medallists and Asia Rugby Champions at 15s, and we look forward to taking on the rest of the best from the Asia Pacific region.

We have a tough road trip to start the competition, followed by an historic Friday night home match in the iconic Hong Kong Stadium, home of the Sevens.

Our Tigers are ready to roar!” said Robbie McRobbie, CEO of the Hong Kong Rugby Union.

“We are ready and can’t wait to launch our competition,” Global Rapid Rugby CEO, Mark Evans, said.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has meant the schedule has been amended a little but, I’m proud to say, there is not one hurdle we have not been able to overcome. The health and welfare of the players, the coaches and our fans has been our number one concern and we have followed the advice of all relevant authorities, including the World Health Organisation, every step of the way.”

For further information and to view the full 2020 Global Rapid Rugby season schedule, head to www.southchinatigers.com. Tickets for all home games are available at https://www.ticketflap.com/sct2020.

We look forward to welcoming all rugby fans to hear the Tigers ROAR once again in the Global Rapid Rugby 2020 season.

About the FWD South China Tigers

The FWD South China Tigers are the Greater Bay Area’s first professional rugby club, competing in the new Global Rapid Rugby league alongside pro teams from across Asia Pacific. Drawn primarily from the Hong Kong national team and players from the HKRU Premiership, the FWD South China Tigers are set to revolutionize rugby in the region.

About FWD Group

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah and Family Takaful products across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group. For more information please visit www.fwd.com

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