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Teams from Thailand, Papua New Guinea and from across the region of Hong Kong will descend on King’s Park in Kowloon this Saturday for the third annual Hong Kong Rugby League Nines.

After two year’s of being a domestic only competition, the HKRL has opened the competition to international participants, with the Diamond Chiefs from Papua New Guinea joining the Esarn All Stars from Thailand as the first international participants competing for the James Hall Cup.

The Cup, named after one of the founding board members of the Hong Kong Rugby League and a key driver in the continued growth of the sport, has already become a sought after piece of silverware within the region, with two of Hong Kong’s largest sporting clubs entering teams in this year’s tournament.

The teams, the Soceiete Generale Valley RFC Broncos and Bloomberg Hong Kong Scottish Reivers, represent the famous Valley RFC and Hong Kong Scottish clubs which are well known for their participation in Rugby Union, Netball, Association Football and Lacrosse.

Former participants, the Wai Chan Warriors and Hong Kong Hunters, round out the numbers in what will be one of the most fiercely contested Nines competitions held.

Kick off for the event will be at 10am Local Time, with the James Hall Cup to be contested at 4:50pm.

Complementing the Nines tournament will be the HKTag Challenge, which will feature Nine mixed teams.