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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. ...

  2. Sport - Rugby

    Hong Kong coach Dai Rees keeps squad unchanged for Asian qualifiers

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Sevens in Moscow in June. Despite intense domestic-league competition over the last two Saturdays, a relieved head coach Dai Rees was able to pick the same players who had played at the last two ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Coach Rees to use same players for push to compete at Rugby World Cup Sevens HK squad unchanged for Asian qualifiers Hong Kong have named an unchanged ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Blow for Hong Kong professionals

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

    ... of former union head 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Sport - Rugby

    Video: Premiership Grand Final

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 01:21pm by SCMP staff

    ... SCMP Staff Watch highlights from the Paul Y Premiership Grand Final in which WhichWay Valley defeated Leighton Asia HKCC 20-14. Following the match highlights, see the Grand Championship Cup presentation, plus interviews with Valley’s Deano Herewini and Nick Hewson, and comments from HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory and head of performance Dai Rees. To watch Grand Final ...

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    Teenager Hugo Stiles looking to earn first senior cap for Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 11:30pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... who have caught the eye of Dai Rees, and the teenager will be in contention after the opening game against the Philippines at Hong Kong Football Club. "Obviously, they need a week off ... is to try to qualify for the World Cup, but we will have to be smart about using the players Dai Rees Other youngsters identified by Rees were all forwards and include Under-20 captain Mike Parfitt, ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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