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Your News Ruth Mitchell named IRB Women’s Personality of the Year

The entire Hong Kong rugby community has been united in delight at the news that Ruth Mitchell, the Union's Director of Development, has been recognized by the IRB with the presentation of the prestigious Women's Personality of the Year Award, announced at the 2011 IRB Awards Dinner in Auckland. At this star-studded event other award winners included France captain Thierry Dusautoir (Player of the Year), New Zealand (Team of the Year) and Graham Henry (Coach of the Year).

Ruth started her rugby career in Hong Kong with Police RFC, played many times for Hong Kong including the first women's international test match in Asia, was involved with DeA Tigers RFC for years, has been national team manager for both sevens and XVs teams, is chair of both the Women's Rugby Committee and the Hong Kong Women's Sevens Organising Committee, and is currently serving her third term on the Union Board as Director of Development.

Ruth has worked tirelessly to support the development of women's rugby both in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, and is also well known and respected for her charity work; in addition to being a Trustee of the HKRFU Charitable Trust, she has helped raise both money and the profile of causes such as Rwandan rugby and breast cancer awareness.

"We are all incredibly proud of Ruth's award," said HKRFU Chairman Trevor Gregory, "She spends so much time giving to others and it is tremendous that for a change the global rugby community can show their respect and gratitude by giving something back to her!"

Ruth also received ARFU Women’s Personality Award early in June this year.

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