The Macau junior rugby season is set to kick off on 13 September, with some significant changes
from last season. The two main changes are the introduction of a new U10 team, plus a much bigger
schedule for Hongkong clubs to visit Macau.
The U10 rugby team has been created following two years of rapidly growing interest among the
city’s youngest local players. Now into their third year, these players have already begun training for
contact rugby, and are showing great enthusiasm for the more physical version of the game.
The club is also expecting continued interest from younger touch rugby players, as more expats
relocate to Macau. However, the club faces a challenge with its older players: expat parents are
increasingly sending their children overseas for their secondary education. In response to this, the
Macau Bats Rugby Club is trying to raise awareness about the sport, especially among the local
The other change this season is five dates for Hongkong junior rugby clubs to visit Macau – up
from just one date last season. The first visit will be from Sandy Bay RFC, on Saturday 18 October.
However, government reluctance to provide the club with access to a proper pitch, means visiting
Hongkong teams will have to play on sub-size, and sub-standard rugby pitches in Macau.
Nevertheless, club president Simon Carrington remains optimistic: “previous visits by Hongkong
clubs have proved highly popular. By increasing the number of visiting clubs to five this season, we
will end up playing competitive rugby every other weekend. There is absolutely no substitute for
that experience.” Anyone interested in joining the club should email [email protected]
Simon Carrington, Macau Bats Rugby Club President
Tel: 6614-9969 (English)
Ricky Pina, Macau Rugby Union President
Tel: 6658-9281 (Chinese, Portuguese)
The Macau bats U16 teams in action during the Macau Tens tournament in June
Macau Bats U8 player Romain Hilaire in action during the Sandy Bay festival, November 2013
Macau Bats U8 team playing at Kings Park, January 2014