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Boost for NSW School’s Rugby

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NSW Rugby Union Media Release:

Hong Kong and NSW Rugby Union sign schoolboys rugby agreement:

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Sydney have signed an official agreement to sponsor the Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship organised by the New South Wales Rugby Union Development Team (NSWRU).

The agreement means HKETO and NSWRU will partner in the championship finals to be held on September 8, 2013 as well as the NSW schools rugby play-offs currently underway.

Director of HKETO, Steve Barclay, signed the agreement yesterday with NSW Rugby Union Chairman Nick Farr-Jones. This is the first time NSWRU has worked with another organisation to facilitate the growth of schoolboy rugby sevens in NSW.

Key sponsors of the championship, including Hong Kong Tourism Board, Cathay Pacific and HSBC, were also on hand to speak of their commitment and involvement in the championship. The signing ceremony was attended by students and principals from NSW schools currently playing in the championship play-offs.

Mr Barclay said the agreement was a way to strengthen the existing relationships between Hong Kong and Australia. “Raising awareness of Hong Kong amongst young Australians is important to ensure the continued relevance of Hong Kong in business, academic, sports, culture and tourism arenas in future years.

“Given the importance of sports in Australia and Hong Kong’s own world-famous Rugby Sevens tournament, our sponsorship of NSW Schoolboys Sevens is a natural fit.”

NSW Rugby Union Chairman Nick Farr-Jones said the agreement also represents the Union’s efforts to raise the profile of rugby amongst schoolboys in the state. “We’re very excited that HKETO are sponsors of the Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship.

“With Rugby Sevens now recognised as an Olympic sport and making its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics, this schoolboys initiative will no doubt help generate further interest in the sport.”

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