The Pot Bellied Pigs were formed in 1997 when a number
of large social rugby players based in Hong Kong decided to go on tour to
Manila. In our inaugural game, against the Manila Nomads, The Pot Bellied Pigs,
living up to their name, fielded a team which included 14 recognised front-row
Since inception, The Pot Bellied Pigs have
gone from strength to strength and a formal club structure was established in
2001. The Pot Bellied Pigs are predominantly a touring team (the real Asian
Barbarians?), which draws on like-minded rugby players from clubs all over Asia
and beyond who adhere to the true amateur spirit of the game of rugby union.
As a touring team The Pot Bellied Pigs go on
a number of tours each year. Some of these are to attend 10-a-side tournaments
around Asia, whilst others comprise a long weekend with a 15-a-side game.
Having participated in the Hat Yai Sevens in Thailand many years ago, we now
resolutely refuse any invitation to play rugby sevens – it is just not suited
to our skills and experience!
Tour locations have included Macau, Thailand,
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia (Bali and Jakarta), The Philippines, Myanmar
and even Mongolia. We were the first international touring team to play a game
of rugby in Iryan Jaya (now called Papua) in Indonesia.
The Pot Bellied Pigs are tournament
favourites throughout Asia, resplendent in our touring kit, which is different
for every tour but is generally a combination of the club colours of shocking pink,
lime green, lemon yellow and electric blue.
In fact, our kit is so popular and universally
liked that one our playing shirts from the 2003 “SARS Tour” to Phuket proudly
hangs in the Rugby Union Museum in Twickenham, England.
We are a purely invitational team but, unlike
the Barbarians, you do not need to wait for your invitation letter – just
invite yourself! Over the years a number of international players have invited
themselves to play for us. These include Jeff Probyn, Eric Rush, John Bentley,
Doddie Weir and Serge Betsen, as well as number of Hong Kong, Macau and
The Pot Bellied Pigs are not just about
rugby. Through our charity golf and rugby tournaments in Clark in the
Philippines, which have been held annually since 2004, we have raised significant
funds for the development of youth rugby and projects involving disadvantaged
children in the Philippines, as well as for the Philippine Rugby Union
Development Fund. We also sponsor children’s education in Thailand and, in the
past, have made donations for the development of the game of rugby in several
other countries around Asia.
We also provide financial support to the Laos
Rugby Federation to help promote the ChildFund Pass It Back initiative in the Paek
District of Xieng Khouang Province. This initiative includes delivering a rugby
and life skills curriculum to young people in what is one of the poorest
countries in Asia.
We have recently teamed up with the Atlas
Foundation and are looking to co-fund (with the Atlas Foundation) other
initiatives across Asia to support the development of rugby and disadvantaged
We could not have participated in all these charitable causes without the
help of our members, corporate members and other supporters who have generously
donated their time and money over the year