Jonah Lomu and Beth Coal­ter to be hon­oured at Hong Kong Sevens

The two on-field and offfield icons of the tour­na­ment passed away in 2015.

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Memo­ri­als will be held for two icons of the Hong Kong Sevens on and off the field who passed away over the past year –New Zealand great Jonah Lomu and Beth Coal­ter, who was for­merly with the Hong Kong Rugby Union be­fore join­ing the world body. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment’s open­ing cer­e­mony tonight, rugby fans in the sta­dium will lead and rep­re­sent mil­lions more around the world in re­mem­ber­ing two pil­lars of the game. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing videos will be played on the big screen inside the Sta­dium dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion. “Jonah Lomu and Beth Coal­ter were two sem­i­nal fig­ures in our his­tory who helped make the Hong Kong Sevens what it is to­day. We can’t think of a more fit­ting way to honor their mem­o­ries and recog­nise their im­mense con­tri­bu­tions than with this tribute from the Hong Kong Sevens crowd who have so much to thank them for,” said HKRU chair­man Pi­eter Schats, speak­ing on be­half of the en­tire Hong Kong rugby com­mu­nity. To hon­our Coal­ter, the Union has in­au­gu­rated a new tro­phy for the Cathay Pa­cific/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The epony­mous sil­ver­ware will be named the Beth Coal­ter Tro­phy for New­comer of the Year and will be awarded each year to the player who gives the most out­stand­ing de­but Hong Kong Sevens per­for­mance.

- South China Morn­ing Post

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