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24th October 2016

Former Wales Sevens player Tom Isaacs targets 2017 GFI HKFC 10s with Natixis HKFC

Tom Isaacs in action for Natixis HKFC. Photo: South China Morning Post.

Former Wales sevens player Tom Isaacs has plenty of fond memories of the Hong Kong rugby scene, with a run to the quarter-finals in this year’s Hong Kong Sevens top of the list, Sam Agars of South China Morning Post reported (http://www.scmp.com/sport).

New Zealand put an end to that sojourn at Hong Kong Stadium, but Isaacs’ connection with Hong Kong doesn’t end at the sevens. In 2006, he was in Hong Kong playing for Cardiff University for the first of two appearances at the GFI HKFC 10s.

Now, after signing with Natixis Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC) for the Premiership season, Isaacs is keen on lapping up more of what the city’s rugby scene has to offer and on Saturday was impressive at flyhalf in his side’s 29-13 victory over Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers.

“I was out here with Cardiff Uni for the Hong Kong 10s. That was 10 years ago. It makes me feel old!” he said. “I came out here as a fresher and in my second year, and we lost in the Plate final twice. I’ve got good memories of being here and I’m hoping to make some more now I’m here for the future.”

Isaacs, one of two Wales sevens products in the HKFC side along with lock Jevon Groves, has chosen to call Hong Kong home as he aims to make the shift from professional rugby to the workforce. He is looking forward to the possibility of again featuring in the 10s next year, as well as a more relaxed return to the sevens.

“Hong Kong is renowned as the best one on the [Sevens] series and it was great to play in it,” Isaacs said. “I’m sure I’ll be playing with HKFC in the 10s, but sevens wise I’ll be out supporting the Wales boys.”

Things are progressing nicely for Isaacs on the work front as he looks to put his civil engineering degree to use.

“I came out here looking to start the transition from professional rugby into working life and the Club have been great in supporting me,” he said. “I’ve always had an interest in construction, housing and property. For a month now I’ve been working with IA Property.”

Isaacs brings a wealth of experience to HKFC, having most recently played for the Cardiff Blues in the Pro 12 and also boasting a stint at Aviva Premiership side Gloucester. The affable 29-year-old has fitted into his new side with ease and was pleased to see them produce their best performance of the season in the win over the Tigers.

“We got a win two weeks ago against Kowloon and we really knew we had to back that up with a victory,” he said. “Fair play to the boys, they really dug in well and a big shout out to Max Page who slotted a lot of kicks.”

HKFC pulled away in the second half on the back of some lethal kicking from Page and two tries to captain Mitch Andrews.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Ex-Wales ace Isaacs extends Hong Kong love affair

For online article, visit: (http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/2039267/former-wales-player-tom-isaacs-continues-hong-kong-rugby-love-affair?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=edm&utm_content=20161023&utm_campaign=scmp_today)

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