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  1. 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 ...

  2. HK new caps find Germany too hot to handle

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

    ... head coach 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 ... the backs 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 ...

  3. New Zealand students hand out lesson to jittery Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 25th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... up against a team full of aspiring All Blacks. But the 33-0 defeat at King's Park was greeted with a strong measure of equanimity by new head coach Dai Rees as he looks ahead to the start of the HSBC Asian Five Nations campaign next week. 'This is a work in progress. I don't expect to see results overnight,' said Rees. 'We worked hard against a side who ...

  4. Dad Hempel back for must-win Singapore clash

    Posted May 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... South Korea. 'It has worked out well for him. Harry was born and now hopefully Simon will be available for the game away to Kazakhstan next week, too,' said Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees. 'But right now, we are not thinking of Kazakhstan, all our focus is on Singapore.' Having lost both their opening games against Japan (59-6) and South Korea (36-34), Hong Kong ...

  5. High hopes for sevens gold

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Asian Games next month. Half of the squad limped off the flight from Sabah on Monday night and, listening to head coach Dai Rees tick off the injuries, it is a wonder they took the train ... rugby,' Rees said after Hong Kong came home with the silver medal, having lost 38-14 to Japan in the Cup final. 'It was a tremendous performance considering all the injuries,' Rees said. ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. HK squad will all get a chance against Kiwis

    Posted Apr 17th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... gets under way early next month. New head coach Dai Rees, who has already said this second year of the tournament was more a period of consolidation and development, has taken the unusual step of opting to play his entire squad in the pre-championship game rather than just name the required 22. 'I need to expose all the players and will play two teams in two halves,' Rees said. ...

  8. Sevens coach banks on squad that won silver

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

    ... Wright. Head 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 ... for the next Rugby 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 ...

  9. 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. ...

  10. 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 ...




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