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  1. Dai Rees spurs squad for Japan Sevens

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Hong Kong coach Dai Rees has called on his sevens squad to step up and deliver after being invited to play in the Japan Sevens, the new event ... there and perform,' Rees said yesterday. The Japan Sevens will take place in Tokyo on March 31 to April 1, the weekend following the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. This is the first time in nearly five ...

  2. Hopes of home glory now hang on Shield

    Posted Mar 27th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... and his team if Hong Kong fail in their quest to successfully defend the Shield title, a goal which had been the target set by head coach Dai Rees. The hopes of claiming a big scalp, like Wales last year, were crushed as Hong Kong failed to skittle Spain in the last of their preliminary round games, going down 24-7 in a game Rees said was decided on a harsh call by the referee, which ...

  3. Sevens coach banks on squad that won silver

    Posted Mar 20th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... coach Dai Rees has gone with a tried and tested formula and stuck to the squad who won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou last November. The only new face, coming in for Wright, ... World Cup Sevens [2013] and the Olympic Games [2016],' Rees said. Haynes, an untiring forward playing in his fourth Hong Kong Sevens, said it was an honour to be asked to captain Hong Kong. ...

  4. Determined HK believe they can beat odds

    Posted Apr 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay It will not simply be a case of damage limitation, promised national coach Dai Rees and new captain Tom McColl, as Hong Kong face the formidable task of stopping Japan from ... underline the gulf between Japan, Asia's World Cup representative and a full-time professional outfit, and Hong Kong's part-timers. But Rees and McColl remain upbeat for today's clash ...

  5. Chief seeks permanent home with the elite

    Posted Mar 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... month. 'This grant has been a great help for us and I hope we will continue getting it,' said Wright, who captained the Asian Games squad. HKRFU head of performance and head coach Dai Rees also welcomed the grant, saying it made his job easier as the money would result in more players choosing to stay in Hong Kong. 'We are very grateful for the support as it encourages ...

  6. Coach Rees optimistic ahead of Japan test despite injuries

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... tomorrow. The absence of these two players, both carrying injuries from last Saturday's 23-10 victory over Kazakhstan, will seriously weaken the forwards but Hong Kong coach Dai Rees remained ... but the incoming players have been involved with us throughout the build-up and I am confident they will step up to the challenge,' Rees said. Valley's Alex Harris will replace Taylor ...

  7. Borneo leg crucial to HK's ambition to be Asian No 1

    Posted Sep 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... his knee on the opening day, ruling him out of the September 24-25 tournament in Kota Kinabalu. Despite Tauti's loss, coach Dai Rees was confident he had enough firepower to replace him ... will be missed, but we now have enough depth to lighten the blow,' Rees said. Big and mobile ball-winning forwards have always been at a premium for Hong Kong. But Valley trio Nick Hewson, Leigh ...

  8. Sport - Rugby

    Second place for HK in Five Nations would be just fine, says Rees

    Posted May 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay Coach Dai Rees is savouring the prospect of Hong Kong clinching their first second-place finish in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition when the side take ... the management staff and above all the players,' Rees said. Hong Kong returned home yesterday after a seven-try 48-3 romp over Sri Lanka left them well-placed to finish runners-up to Asian ...

  9. Under-performing HK baffle coach Rees

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... coach Dai Rees is back at square one, wondering where it all went wrong. The early morning crowd were still struggling through the turnstiles as the home team were being bundled out ... before going on to win the Shield. Yesterday the team they had beaten in the Shield final last year, Russia, were playing in the Cup competition. Hong Kong, however, have gone the other way. Rees ...

  10. HK beef up front row for clash against Sri Lanka

    Posted May 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... trust- Dai Rees and Leigh Jones- expect Sri lanka to be a force to be reckoned with in the forwards. 'We know Sri Lanka have a good forward unit and being able to bring Nigel on tour is going to be important for us to counter that threat,' coach Rees said. With hooker Brent Taylor sufficiently recovered from a shoulder injury picked up in the 23-10 victory to Kazakhstan ...




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