The Hong Kong Rugby Union has announced that Simon Amor, former Head of Sevens and attack coach for England’s Rugby Football Union, will serve as interim Hong Kong coach at this year’s Asia Rugby Championship (ARC) in November. Amor will arrive in August.
Amor is no stranger to the SAR, having represented England as player, captain and coach, for nearly two decades here. He was a linchpin of the England sides that won the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens four times in the early 2000s, and was the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year (2004).
He played for London Irish, Gloucester, Wasps and London Scottish, where he made his first foray into coaching as player-coach in 2008.
After retiring from playing in 2010, he was head coach and director of rugby for Scottish, later coaching England Sevens (men and women) and Team Great Britain.
He was part of Eddie Jones’s coaching team for England before leaving the RFU last month.
The timing proved propitious for the HKRU, after Hong Kong’s previous coach Craig Hammond announced his departure earlier this month.