Head Coach: Craig Hammond
In his youth Craig played for the New Zealand Colts. He later moved to the UK for 10 years where he played for Nottingham RFC, with 8 years as captain. He earned the nicknamed Robin Hood for everything he did for Nottingham.
Craig came to Hong Kong as player/coach of HK Scottish in 2012 to get back to his Asian roots having been born in Singapore.
Craig is the current Hong Kong forwards coach.
He previously captained the Barbarians whilst in England, which led to him getting the role of team liaison at the 2013 British & Irish Lions vs Barbarians match.
All the children and parents at the club enjoy the unique coaching skills of this celebrated rugby professional. From warm-up bear walks to fun passing drills and practice games, the kids know to pay attention, have fun and make sure we never see 'grumpy' coach Craig. :)
WR Rugby Ready
A World Rugby (WR) course covering the basic principles of rugby. The programme raises awareness of good practice and helps stakeholders manage the inherent risks of a contact sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place. This course may be completed online by candidates with previous rugby experience. The HKRU offers a 3-hour workshop for Cantonese speakers with no previous rugby experience.
HKRU U8 (non-contact) Coaching
The HKRU Under 8 course is designed specifically for those coaching the non-contact version of the game for U5 to U8. Participants learn to introduce rugby to beginners through fun and safe activities. Prerequisite; Rugby Ready.
WR Level 1 Coaching
A WR/HKRU foundation course designed to introduce basic coaching skills, safe coaching of contact rugby through 'hotspots' or key factors and the ability to analyse the game through the principles of rugby. Prerequisite; Rugby Ready
A course for U9 to U12 coaches to improve their game management and core refereeing skills. Prerequisite: Rugby Ready, Level-1-Coaching.
WR Level 1 Refereeing
A WR/HKRU introductory course designed to develop basic refereeing skills with a specific HK mini rugby flavour tailored to suit the needs of U11 & U12 referees.
The course will equip referees to graduate to Colts and Senior refereeing. Prerequisite; Rugby Ready, Level 1 Coaching, Coacheree.
Please use the link below to register for your desired coaching or Referees course.
HKRU Rugby Academy e-learning
The HKRU provide some excellent resources for coaching and refereeing for mini-rugby members and volunteers to be able to quickly and easily find the age group or area that you participate in. Just click on the link below to browse the site.