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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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- ...

  4. Ambitious Rees plans HK assault

    Posted Nov 12th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay New national 15s coach Dai Rees has set his sights on guiding Hong Kong to the 2015 World Cup. The Welshman, who was chosen from 104 applicants, believes the dream ... preparations for next year's Asian Five Nations then,' he said. 'Hopefully we can also go on tour, or host an Asian country before the A5N.' Lofty ambitions Welshman Dai Rees wants ...

  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. 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 ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

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    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by STAFF

    ... in Asia so we can have another go at becoming a core [IRB] team Hong Kong rugby head of performance Dai Rees on this weekend's Asian Sevens Series at the H.K. Football Club   ...

  8. 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, ...

  9. 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. ...

  10. 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. ...




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