Japan coach John Kirwan showed his passion for the development of rugby in Asia as he taught aspiring local youngsters the finer points of the game in an HSBC ARFU Rugby Coaching Tour clinic at Hong Kong Football Club on earlier today.
The 1987 Rugby World Cup winner teamed up with former Scotland coach Frank Hadden and Malaysia coach Dean Herewini, representing the HSBC Penguin International Coaching Academy, to form an all-star coaching unit who put youngsters from local schools and mini rugby clubs through their paces.
“I believe that there is huge potential for rugby in Asia so it’s great for me to work with local kids and get them enthused about the game. It’s really good for me to give back to the game as well, as I have got a lot out of it,” said Kirwan (pictured above), who is contributing to the HSBC ARFU Rugby Coaching Tour while leading Japan around the continent as they bid for a fourth straight HSBC Asian 5 Nations title.
The former New Zealand winger, who has been in Hong Kong for over a week, launched this year’s HSBC ARFU Rugby Coaching Tour in Hong Kong in March along with fellow All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu.
BlitzBokke.com spent some time with JK, as Kirwan is affectionately known and asked him about the future of Sevens in Asia: