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  1. Dubai to host 2009 World Cup Sevens

    Posted May 07th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Dubai will host the 2009 World Cup Sevens. The International Rugby Board awarded the tournament to the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union, which will host the showpiece event- including a women's World Cup for the first time- in February 2009. 'This is a good result for Asia. I was pleasantly surprised that Dubai beat Melbourne for the hosting rights,' said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/591870/dubai-host-2009-world-cup-sevens
  2. Danger looms in the desert

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Hong Kong's reign at the top of the rugby sevens tree seems secure, but Dubai is shaping as a threat, writes Alvin Sallay The jewel in the crown looks as shiny as ever. But top ... Rugby World Cup Sevens ends in Dubai, and you might see a massive hangover from the teams and players - if not visiting fans - when they arrive in this city. And what of the future, should Dubai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631475/danger-looms-desert
  3. Alvin Sallay

    Posted Apr 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to a growing number of players. I have been in Dubai this week covering the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament. From my hotel window in Deira, I can't see the Jet Airways flight ... of the Hong Kong Sevens' counterpart in Dubai - the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens - and of Ian Bremner, the newly appointed chief executive of the United Arab Emirates Rugby Association. A few ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965336/alvin-sallay
  4. Four out of four- New Zealand's perfect path to Hong Kong Stadium

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dubai December 1- beat Fiji But what a scare- having led 26-0 31-21 George December 8- beat Fiji Easier- but Fiji have two sin-binned 34-7 Wellington February 2- beat Samoa Victor Vito's try makes the difference 22-17 San Diego February 10- beat South Africa Thrash Fiji and Kenya on the way 27-12 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631476/four-out-four-new-zealands-perfect-path-hong-kong-stadium
  5. Whole new ball game

    Posted Feb 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... with England, Kenya and Tunisia at the March 5-7 World Cup, will leave for Dubai on Saturday. And being in the home stretch, coach Rodney McIntosh decided it was better to have a bit of fun - first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/670862/whole-new-ball-game
  6. China women keen to cement standing

    Posted Mar 27th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Hong Kong Women's Sevens today. While one doesn't have to look any further than Australia, winners of the inaugural Women's World Cup in Dubai earlier this month, to emerge ... in the Bowl quarter-finals in Dubai, before beating Italy 28-0 (semis) and Brazil 10-7 in the final. They are in pool A with Japan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Hong Kong, while Australia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674694/china-women-keen-cement-standing
  7. Why all the loudest whistles are always from the South Stand

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... has top-notch officiating credentials. At the World Cup Sevens in Dubai earlier this month she was one of only four female referees, and the only Asian referee. The Immigration Department ... offered her more rugby longevity and she started taking IRB courses in 2004. Lee is still basking in her 'moment in the sun' in Dubai. 'But, of course, Hong Kong Stadium is my ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674998/why-all-loudest-whistles-are-always-south-stand
  8. Fijians banking on rookies to revive past glories

    Posted Mar 26th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of sevens after the Pacific Islanders failed to defend their World Cup crown in Dubai this month. The 'stars' looked bloated and out of shape. Fliers Vilimoni Delasau, Sireli Bobo and Jone ... admitted the team had been underdone in Dubai and the plan to mix experience with youth had gone woefully wrong. 'We just didn't spend enough time together before the World Cup. Four ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674548/fijians-banking-rookies-revive-past-glories
  9. Misfiring Aussies yearn for glory days

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... in virtually the entire squad being sacked. 'This happened five days before we were due to fly out to Dubai for the first leg of the series,' reveals Ella. 'Nineteen of 22 players in my training squad wanted a better deal and held the ARU to ransom. I had to pick nine new players for Dubai and, needless to say, preparation time was short.'. Three of the nine- James Lew, Tim ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/587070/misfiring-aussies-yearn-glory-days
  10. England seek redemption at Hong Kong Sevens

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Vilk. But most significantly, they have retained Varndell, who was one of the top try-scorers in Dubai with seven touchdowns, and Exeter Chiefs trio, scrumhalf Kevin Barrett and influential ... back there and be involved,' Varndell said. 'Hong Kong and Dubai are my favourite tournaments, but Hong Kong is on another level.' Varndell, who has fallen out of favour from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673320/england-seek-redemption-hong-kong-sevens

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