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  1. Rees aims to lift HK with breakfast pep-talk

    Posted May 24th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay When Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees meets his players at the breakfast table in Almaty today, he will most probably greet them by saying, 'The coffee is great ... today. 'Coming here is a step into the unknown. We will be playing in strange conditions, and up against a good side who will have a lot of crowd support,' Rees said. 'But stepping ...

  2. Robertson ready for Tokyo return

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by coaches Dai Rees and Leigh Jones, who have made five changes to the squad that lost 21-19 to Korea. That setback resulted in Hong Kong slipping down the IRB world rankings to 29th place from 26th, ... against Korea but we have to look ahead now,' said Rees, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance. 'We have made a few changes, some of which we had always planned ...

  3. HK earn Cup after whipping Brazil

    Posted Dec 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kong's stock in the International Rugby Board world rankings, with the city expected to move up from 29 into the mid-20s. A pleased Dai Rees, Hong Kong's national coach, said: 'It ... in the second half if we were to dominate,' Rees said. Debutant Ally Maclay gave Hong Kong the perfect start scoring soon after resumption, and that opened the floodgates, as McQueen completed ...

  4. Front-row trio prove their worth as HK crush Kenya

    Posted Dec 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... tournament in Dubai. Having crushed hosts the United Arab Emirates 74-12 in the opening game last week, coach Dai Rees decided to experiment and began with the Hong Kong Football Club trio ... sin-binned,' said Rees. A robust Kenyan outfit rattled Hong Kong, who lost pack leader Pale Tauti to the sin-bin, to take a slender lead at half-time. But two significant changes at the turnaround- ...

  5. Hong Kong get off to a flying start

    Posted Aug 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... wins to set up a quarter-final against Thailand. Dai Rees' men scored 13 tries and conceded only one as they outclassed Mongolia 59-0 and then put paid to a potentially tricky Malaysia ... Stadium, but a new-look Hong Kong side were impressive all round to give Rees plenty of reason for optimism today. 'It was a very efficient day,' said the coach. 'Not particularly ...

  6. Kirwan lashes 'lacklustre' Japan

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

    ... on a 15-try rampage says it all. But Hong Kong coach Dai Rees hopes complacency will hit the Japanese and open the door for the visitors to achieve their target- a bonus point by scoring four tries. 'I'm hoping Japan will be partying 90 minutes before the end of the game,' Rees said. 'If they are loose in their structure, opportunities are bound to come our way. ...

  7. Raw Japanese team raise Hong Kong's A5N hopes

    Posted Apr 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Nations Top Five competition. Hong Kong national coach Dai Rees said the Asian juggernauts would be 'a little more vulnerable than normal if they were in a developmental phase' before ... to the unknown shores of Hong Kong with new players,' Rees said. 'But we will prepare exactly the same as every other game against Japan and we have to have the same kind of focus as our first ...

  8. HK's World Cup dream alive after gutsy win over Koreans

    Posted Apr 25th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... the road to the 2011 World Cup now looks a strong possibility,' an elated head coach Dai Rees said. 'It will be an incredible story for nobody expects us to win, and that's why ... laughed Rees. Hong Kong came out knowing they had to prevent Korea from running away with an early lead. The visitors dominated the opening stages with a penalty and an unconverted try by winger ...

  9. Alvin Sallay

    Posted May 30th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Last Sunday, Hong Kong lost 94-5 to Japan to finish third in the Asian Five Nations. In a delicious irony, the wheel seems to have turned full circle. Or has it? Will incumbent Dai Rees be given his marching orders following Hong Kong's poor show? That would be a short-sighted view. I believe Welshman Rees should be given more time to deliver- something that Walters ...

  10. Hong Kong still in with a chance of glory

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

    ... minutes,' said relieved Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees, holding his chest after his side's comeback victory. 'It was too close for comfort.' All too close, because if Hong Kong had ... showed a lot of maturity to come from behind. We were down with three minutes left and the guys responded superbly,' said Rees. 'We are still in it. And I've got to be happy ...




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