Samurai International marked their tenth appearance at the Hong Kong rugby tens this week as they celebrated their twentieth year as an invitational touring side. Coming into the tournament boasting a high-profile squad including four England Sevens squad players, a Welsh rugby international and New England Patriot, turned Olympic rugby hopeful, Nate Ebner.
Day one saw the side drawn in a difficult group with Natixis HKFC, Projecx Waterboys and the KIR Club Pyrenees but the Samurai International side made easy work of their opening two fixtures.
Their final fixture on Wednesday against a strong KIR Club Pyrenees side was the first moment the fourth seeds did not seem to have it all their own way. Finding themselves 12-5 down, a cute finish from Jos Malherbe converted by Cameron Cowell saw the day’s only stalemate; meaning Samurai International finished top of their group and Faced King’s College in the Quarter Final on day 2.