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  1. Nervy start, but HK too strong for Malaysia

    Posted Nov 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... that and to be fair to Malaysia, they put us under pressure,' Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees said. Varty settled nerves in front of a large crowd at the Guangzhou University Town main stadium when he ... for concern for Hong Kong, who will today continue to fine-tune their game against Thailand, Mongolia and Japan in pool play. It will be a useful day 'to get our game in order', Rees said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/731274/nervy-start-hk-too-strong-malaysia
  2. HK new caps find Germany too hot to handle

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Dai Rees. Hong Kong's next game will be against Norway. Germany, following recent internationals against Holland and Poland, looked far more cohesive and organised than the Hong Kong ... quality ball. 'We lost our first five lineouts and were unable to build any sustained attacking pressure,' Rees said. 'This lack of quality set-piece ball remained the feature ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733323/hk-new-caps-find-germany-too-hot-handle
  3. Borneo Sevens lures Hong Kong side away from spectacle

    Posted Oct 29th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... head coach Dai Rees said. For the first time this season, the sevens squad is almost at full strength with the return of Japan-based players Mark Wright and Rowan Varty for the Borneo Sevens this weekend, the second leg of the Asian Sevens Series. With their inclusion, Rees wants Hong Kong to step up a gear and try to win the competition, which will also feature all the best sides in Asia, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728837/borneo-sevens-lures-hong-kong-side-away-spectacle
  4. HK roll over opponents as they prepare for Japan showdown

    Posted Sep 05th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... up against top seeds Japan in the Cup quarter-finals today. 'We are not worried,' said head coach Dai Rees. 'I thought we looked the best and most consistent side and we ... over the Asian powerhouses in their pool encounter. 'We knew we would be facing either Japan or Malaysia, especially with the latter having sevens Fijians in their squad,' Rees said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/723887/hk-roll-over-opponents-they-prepare-japan-showdown
  5. HK win battle with arch-rivals at Sevens

    Posted Nov 08th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... pleased coach Dai Rees. 'This is another psychological blow for us ahead of the Asian Games. They [Japan] were so distraught that they pulled out of the tournament completely,' Rees said. Hong Kong lost in the Cup quarter-finals to Borneo Eagles, 26-7, but the main task had been accomplished. Rees will name his 12-man squad for Guangzhou today. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/729810/hk-win-battle-arch-rivals-sevens
  6. Rees renews focus on 15-a-side game with a mission to Europe

    Posted Nov 04th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hong Kong will embark on a three-game tour of Europe next month. Head coach Dai Rees will renew his focus on the 15-a-side game, which has taken a backseat to the campaign ... belt. The players need to leave their comfort zone. Last year was a steep learning curve, but I expect to do much better this time,' Rees said. Hong Kong will play Germany in Heidelberg ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/729427/rees-renews-focus-15-side-game-mission-europe
  7. Rees boosted by release of Japan-based duo

    Posted Oct 12th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Head coach Dai Rees has successfully negotiated the release of Japan-based sevens stars Mark Wright and Rowan Varty for the Asian Games, but insisted both were not shoo-ins ... into the team,' Rees warned yesterday. Wright, who shared the captaincy duties with Jeff Wong Chun-kiu last season, and Varty are playing in the Japan Top League for Toyota Jido Shokki Shuttles. After ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/727187/rees-boosted-release-japan-based-duo
  8. Rees looking for pointers from Shanghai Sevens

    Posted Sep 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... With the Asian Games on the horizon, head coach Dai Rees hopes to draw strength from his 12-strong squad who left yesterday for this weekend's Shanghai Sevens. 'That is our ultimate goal. To be in the gold medal match come November,' Rees said of the Asian Games in Guangzhou. 'While that is the bigger picture, we also have to ensure we are up there competing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/723715/rees-looking-pointers-shanghai-sevens
  9. Rees targets South Korea in Asian Five Nations as a 'must-win' match

    Posted Feb 08th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Dai Rees has warned. 'This will be a massive game for us. We have to target this as a must-win game if we are to have any chances of finishing in the top two and keep alive our World Cup hopes,' Rees said. The schedule for the five-team tournament- it will also double up as the Asian zone qualifying event for the 2011 World Cup- sees Hong Kong facing a tough opener at home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/705732/rees-targets-south-korea-asian-five-nations-must-win-match
  10. Rees sees silver lining in Asian Games draw

    Posted Oct 11th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... head coach Dai Rees a happy man. It means that if everything goes according to the form book, Hong Kong will end up playing Japan- winners of the gold medal four years ago at the Doha Games- ... again in the final,' Rees said. That is the plan, but whether it will pan out will depend on a number of factors, among them the presence of both South Korea and China in the other pool, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/727141/rees-sees-silver-lining-asian-games-draw

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