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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/986263/dai-rees-spurs-squad-japan-sevens
  2. Cautious Rees eyes Japan upset in A5N

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Hong Kong coach Dai Rees has set his sights on 'upsetting the apple cart' and creating history at the HSBC Asian Five Nations by wresting the Top Five crown from perennial champions Japan this year. But Rees said that would largely depend on how new Japan coach Eddie Jones approached his first season in charge of the Brave Blossoms- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/995988/cautious-rees-eyes-japan-upset-a5n
  3. Coach Dai aiming high

    Posted Mar 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Head coach Dai Rees believes Hong Kong can achieve their goal of joining the elite in the world series after naming his squad for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC ... berths up for grabs. 'At the moment this is the strongest 12 we have,' Rees said. 'I have picked a team and combinations which can get us into the top three in the qualifying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/995803/coach-dai-aiming-high
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966399/determined-hk-believe-they-can-beat-odds
  5. Rees lays out HK road map to Moscow 2013

    Posted May 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... 28-30. 'We have just over a year to go and our first goal will be to qualify for the World Cup at the Asian qualifiers in Singapore in November,' said Dai Rees, Hong Kong Rugby Football ... two-ranked sevens team are determined to be around when rugby's first major international event in Russia is staged. Rees has already mapped out the road to Moscow, beginning with the HSBC Asian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000943/rees-lays-out-hk-road-map-moscow-2013
  6. Schedule shuffle gives Rees reasons to smile

    Posted Jan 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees has welcomed the rescheduling of the Bangkok Sevens - and the domestic league - as it will provide him with a useful ... The Asian Rugby Football Union has rescheduled it for February 11-12, giving Rees an early opportunity to look at the form of his players who are in 15s mode in the domestic league. The final round ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/991297/schedule-shuffle-gives-rees-reasons-smile
  7. Core-team status huge step for Rees' squad

    Posted Feb 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of contracting players full time. HKRFU head of performance and national coach Dai Rees said it would be a 'whole new ball game' if the sevens team finished in the top three of the second-tier ... at having full-time players,' Rees said. 'We had always hoped we could play in more than one event, possibly three or four, in the world series. But playing in all nine tournaments next ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992007/core-team-status-huge-step-rees-squad
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966355/coach-rees-optimistic-ahead-japan-test-despite-injuries
  9. Giant prop Nolan loses race for fitness

    Posted Apr 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Kazakhstan looming, it has been decided he will miss the opener. 'It would be silly to risk playing him in the first game,' Dai Rees, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head ... as a pilot and he was only able to apply for a visa this week. He holds a South African passport and he needed to do it personally. Unfortunately, his application was rejected,' Rees said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/999257/giant-prop-nolan-loses-race-fitness
  10. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/978405/borneo-leg-crucial-hks-ambition-be-asian-no-1

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