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.
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