Hong Kong rugby stars prepare for World Cup play-offs at USW

The Hong Kong team and visitng schoolchildren at the USW Sport Park.

The Hong Kong team and visitng schoolchildren at the USW Sport Park.

INTERNATIONAL rugby stars have been preparing for crunch matches at the specialist facilities available at the University of South Wales (USW).

The Hong Kong team have spent five days training at USW’s Sport Park at Treforest Estate, using the indoor 3G facility, outdoor grass pitches, teaching rooms, and the specialist strength and conditioning suite in the newly-extended facility. 

Hong Kong have qualified for the first time to play in a knockout competition to secure the last place in next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Between November 17-23, they will play-off against Germany, Kenya and Canada to see who can secure the final berth in the showpiece tournament.

The team’s visit is just the latest link they have with USW. Hong Kong’s coach Leigh Jones – who was assistant coach to Eddie Jones in the last World Cup when Japan famously beat South Africa - has a PhD from USW, while squad member Jamie Pincott who was one of the first to graduate with a rugby degree from USW.

Dr Tudor Williams, who is Director of Sport at USW, said: “We are very pleased to welcome the Hong Kong team to our Sport Park, and give them access to the specialist facilities we have on site.

“The facilities we have available give the top teams a chance to hone and analyse their fitness and tactics ready for the big games they face.

“It’s also great for our sports students to see first-hand how those in the professional game prepare for matches, and how analysis can be used to make even small improvements that could mean the difference between winning and losing.

“We look forward to welcoming more professionals to the Sport Park in future, so both they and our students can benefit from the visits.”   

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