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  1. Jones is new HK development manager

    Posted Oct 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Leigh Jones has been appointed development manager of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and will join compatriot Dai Rees, who is head coach. Jones has been released from his contract at Newport-Gwent Dragons, the Welsh regional side where Rees was employed as assistant coach. Jones, who was part of the Wales coaching team when Graham Henry was in charge ...

  2. Versatile Varty to play new role in Five Nations opener against Japan

    Posted Apr 30th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... but new head coach Dai Rees sprung a surprise yesterday when he announced a new-look team for his first full international in charge by moving Varty to outside centre. 'Rowan has the potential to be a very good 13,' Rees said. 'He is a very good tackler and he is too good a player not to be involved. I know he can transfer all the qualities he has as a sevens player ...

  3. Blow for Hong Kong professionals

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of performance Ivan Torpey, had apparently not met favour with head coach Dai Rees. At the inception of this programme, Torpey said: 'They are the first of what we hope will eventually be a bigger ...

  4. Hobbled Alexander to miss finale as HK eye runners-up spot

    Posted May 21st 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees. 'We will miss Tim, but this gives us the opportunity to bring on Charles Cheung [Ho-ming] and continue our policy of player development.' Cheung, 19, ... players in the international programme. We have only used 24 players in the three games,' Rees (pictured) said. That number will rise to 27 by Sunday with two well-known faces- Keith ...

  5. New Zealand students hand out lesson to jittery Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 25th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... up against a team full of aspiring All Blacks. But the 33-0 defeat at King's Park was greeted with a strong measure of equanimity by new head coach Dai Rees as he looks ahead to the start of the HSBC Asian Five Nations campaign next week. 'This is a work in progress. I don't expect to see results overnight,' said Rees. 'We worked hard against a side who ...

  6. Dad Hempel back for must-win Singapore clash

    Posted May 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... South Korea. 'It has worked out well for him. Harry was born and now hopefully Simon will be available for the game away to Kazakhstan next week, too,' said Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees. 'But right now, we are not thinking of Kazakhstan, all our focus is on Singapore.' Having lost both their opening games against Japan (59-6) and South Korea (36-34), Hong Kong ...

  7. High hopes for sevens gold

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Asian Games next month. Half of the squad limped off the flight from Sabah on Monday night and, listening to head coach Dai Rees tick off the injuries, it is a wonder they took the train ... rugby,' Rees said after Hong Kong came home with the silver medal, having lost 38-14 to Japan in the Cup final. 'It was a tremendous performance considering all the injuries,' Rees said. ...

  8. HK squad will all get a chance against Kiwis

    Posted Apr 17th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... gets under way early next month. New head coach Dai Rees, who has already said this second year of the tournament was more a period of consolidation and development, has taken the unusual step of opting to play his entire squad in the pre-championship game rather than just name the required 22. 'I need to expose all the players and will play two teams in two halves,' Rees said. ...

  9. Rees takes chance to blood HK youngsters in sevens squad

    Posted Jul 01st 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hong Kong will take the out-of-the-blue opportunity to play at the World Games in Taiwan this month to develop their engine room, with head coach Dai Rees naming a number ... it will be the first opportunity for Simon Leung and Mark Komar to make an impression. 'Looking ahead, it is important we look to develop more forwards into our sevens teams,' said Rees, who has ...

  10. Rees optimistic despite defeats for sevens side

    Posted Jul 26th 2009, 12:00am by Noel Prentice

    ... Dai Rees said last night. Having lost all three games on Thursday, Hong Kong were outclassed 39-0 by IRB Sevens Series champions South Africa yesterday, then lost to Taiwan 17-12 and Japan 19-5 to finish in eighth and last place. 'Coming to the World Games has been a great experience and a very valuable exercise for the squad,' Rees said. 'We could have won against ...




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