At last Friday night's HKRU Awards Dinner, one of the club's favourite sons, Rowan Varty, was inducted into the HKRU Hall of Fame.
The HKRU Hall of Fame recognises former players with a distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest domestic & international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship and character.
Varty, who played the majority of his senior rugby at HKCC (now Sandy Bay), was joined by Andrew Chambers and Mark Wright, who were all recognised for exceptional accomplishments, glittering careers at both 7s and 15s, having played in World Cups and Asian Games abd captained the National 7's and 15's teams and proving themselves at the very highest level of the game. But perhaps even more importantly they have been role models for our sport over the past 2 decades, and have epitomized the values of rugby. They came up through the local youth system, and have inspired generations of youngsters wishing to emulate their achievements.
It was a proud evening for Varty, accompanied by wife Jess, as his sister Lindsay also lifted the Women's Premiership Grand Championship Trophy with USRC Tigers.
Varty would have been happy enough just playing at the Mini showcase at the HK Sevens. "It's a real honour to be inducted to the HKRU Hall of Fame, especially alongside two other players in Wrighty and AC who I looked up to and played alongside during my career. When I first started playing rugby I hoped to be able to play in the mini rugby exhibition games at the 7's one day, I never expected anything like this! I've had a brilliant time playing rugby for Hong Kong and I'm now looking forward to contributing in other ways."
Rowan Varty - Greatest Hits
7s (59 caps)
2005, 2007-2010 (Shield Winners)
2006 Asian Games, Doha
2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou (Silver),
2010 (Shield Winners)
2011, 2012 (Captain)
2013 (Captain, Bowl Finalists)
2014-2017 (Qualifier Finalist)
2014 Asian Games Incheon (Silver)
2005, 2009, 2013 RWC Sevens
15s (42caps, 23 tries)
2013 Barbarians FC
2003 HKRU Development Player of the Year
2008 HKRU Player of the Year