The owner of the Creebridge House Hotel, Newton Stewart, Stephen Donnan recently received a surprise invitation through the post, to attend a presentation ceremony and black tie dinner at the Hippodrome in London. This was part of the celebrations for Hong Kong Rugby Football Unions (HKRFU) 60th anniversary.
HKRFU decided that as part of their celebrations they would organise a reunion and present all former rugby players who had represented Hong Kong RFU at international level with a commemorative cap.
Whilst serving in the British Army, Stephen and his wife Sarah were posted to Hong Kong from 1990 to 1992. During his time in the colony, Stephen played his domestic rugby for the Flying Kukris, where he was spotted by HKRFU’s chief scout and invited to attend an HKRFU elite training squad, from which a team would be selected to tour Japan as a warm up prior to their participation in the rugby world cup in 1991.
Stephen made the tour to Japan, unfortunately injury sustained on the tour prevented his participation in the matches, however he did go on to play against both Fiji and Tonga at full international test level.
Pictured with his cap, a proud Stephen said: 鄭”Athough it was such a long time ago, I still remember that time of my life as if it was yesterday, I am very proud to have been given the chance to represent both British Forces and HKRFU and to receive my international cap was a great honour.”