Sharks to play in Hong Kong

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Dec 2017 at 10:26
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The Sharks have confirmed a pre-season fixture against Parisian club Racing Metro 92 in Hong Kong in February next year.

Racing is the club which of course now boasts the services of once Sharks stalwart Pat Lambie; having ditched the black and white for white and blue hoops, the Bok flyhalf has been in great form for his new team in European action over the winter.

A pre-season trip to Hong Kong has long been on the radar for the Sharks, with certain members of the administration understandably keen on the idea due to the financial benefits – and the opportunity to play in front of a large ex-pat audience in an up-and-coming rugby location. In years gone by, the idea has been put to bed due to a desire to minimise travel demands on the players and it would seem a rather strange decision to undertake yet another “meaningless” tour in a year when the Sharks return to a four-week Antipodean journey in mid March.

The game will take place at the Aberdeen Sports Ground in Hong Kong on 3 February next year.


  • Ja extra travel does not make a lot of since to me! Hope it works this time!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.12.17 10:35:57 by JD Reply
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  • you guys can probably tell from the tone that I think this is a daft idea.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.12.17 14:14:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : nope not at all. 🙄 Rob give them a break they’re just building up some frequent flyer mills as they will need it later!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.12.17 15:27:49 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : It hasn’t worked well so far. Also would rather have friendlies with SR participants. Also bit us twice losing players to injury in these tough but inconsequential match ups fresh from holiday.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.12.17 18:38:39 by coolfusion Reply

  • Sounds more like something Smit would have come up with.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.12.17 21:23:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • A game in Pmb vs Racing 92 would have been much more beneficial.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.12.17 22:37:01 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.12.17 09:25:28 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 6) : game in Welkom vs Purple People Eaters would have been much better!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.12.17 14:53:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : Lol I take it your from Welkom and just want the sharks in town.

    Well guys, I hope this doesnt hurt us, but lets see how ir goes, its way before our first game, could be a great team building exercise.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.12.17 21:34:01 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Don’t understand this.

    How much money will they make from this and how will it be generated?

    Surely not ticket sales. Does this stadium even take 10 000 people? Suppose that’s still about 3 times as many as show up at King’s Park for a match. 😈 😉

    And what’s in it for Racing? Can’t see them risk many/any star players. Plus it’s Six Nations weekend.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.12.17 08:50:24 by McLovin Reply

  • On the one hand you expose the Sharks Rugby brand to a whole new audience not only in Asia but also in Europe as the Racing fans will surely watch it. On the other hand you risk injuries and travel fatigue in what is to be a long SR season. If it’s only this one match we play overseas, I’m not too concerned about fatigue. Injuries are a risk though(early in the year after vacation) but you can get injured in a low key home match as well.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.12.17 09:17:07 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 11) : But only for one friendly? What use is that? Exposure needs to be for a season or more. Like cheetahs they won’t do well straight off the bat but given prolonged exposure they may actually gain from playing a different stage. I still say the friendly before a SR should at least be against your SR competition. This proves what? That we can or cant play against guys we won’t face again at all for the rest of the year? The value is just not there while the risk is just as big.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.12.17 12:42:37 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) : Agreed on most points but it’s a good showcase in a new market. I think the way they are seeing it it is about expanding the brand into new areas. Exposure doesn’t have to be for a whole season to people who are looking for a team to support or wanting to get into rugby in general.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.12.17 18:39:24 by Quintin Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 9) : not from Welkom but is closes “big” stadium around and as Sharks will not play Cheetahs they will not play a game in States until Currie cup.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.12.17 23:14:03 by JD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : probably playing that weekend as there will be no European or French club games. Nice chance for Racing to play reserves and or players getting back to fitness but like you said can’t see any real star players being risked.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.12.17 23:17:51 by JD Reply
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