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  1. Coach Rees optimistic ahead of Japan test despite injuries

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Hooker Brent Taylor and second-rower Oliver Jones will be missing from the pack as Hong Kong take on Japan in their second game in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition ... with an unchanged backline,' Rees said. 'The emphasis this week will again be on the forwards to provide ball and a reasonable platform for us to compete. We need to ensure Japan don't build ...

  2. World Cup-bound Japan will respect Five Nations

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

    ... Alvin Sallay World-Cup bound Japan will field their strongest squad at this year's HSBC Asian Five Nations (A5N) tournament as they look to hone their game with a view to finishing in the top eight in New Zealand later this year. Japan, Asia's sole representatives at the World Cup in September and October, will play nine tests in the run-up to the New Zealand showpiece ...

  3. Top seeds Japan the team to beat at Asian qualifiers

    Posted Sep 14th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Japan, the reigning Asian Games gold medal champions, are set to be named as top seeds for the Rugby World Cup Sevens Asian qualifiers at the Hong Kong Football Club on October 4-5. 'Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and China will be the four seeded teams in the 12-team men's tournament and will head the four preliminary round pools,' said Jarrad Gallagher, ...

  4. HK back Japan's RWC bid

    Posted Jun 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hong Kong has thrown its support behind the Japanese bid for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and will back Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Noburo 'Nobby' Mashimo ... especially with Japan bidding for the 2015 World Cup.' Scott's loyalty was called into question by Japan's IRB representatives in 2005 when Japan lost the vote to host the 2011 World ...

  5. Lomu throws his weight behind Japan's 2011 bid

    Posted Sep 28th 2005, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay 'The game is going to be more accessible and more open to Asia' All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu has thrown his weight behind Japan hosting the 2011 World Cup. The giant winger, who underwent a kidney transplant 14 months ago, said the game would benefit worldwide if the International Rugby Board (IRB) were to award Japan the 15-a-side showpiece. 'If ...

  6. Full-time rugby a must for HK

    Posted Jun 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay Another season is over and Hong Kong rugby has to again come to terms with the fact we are a long way behind Japan, who continue to dominate the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition. Japan hold a proud record of not only having won all five tournaments since the bank came on board in 2008 as title sponsors, but of remaining undefeated in the process. ...

  7. Winning all in the mind for HK

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Japan that ended in a 15-12 defeat. The Welshman didn't pull his punches as he critically analysed the team's performance, which once again came up short at a critical juncture. Most ... and now the 2011 HSBC Asian Sevens Series, this amounts to a bad habit. On all three occasions, Hong Kong were beaten by Japan. It is worrying if you consider that when qualifying comes along ...

  8. Wrong decisions can turn out right

    Posted Oct 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... collapsed. Even tyrants know the future is a crapshoot at best. Six years ago the International Rugby Board (IRB) met in Dublin to award the rights to host the 2011 World Cup. Japan, South Africa and New Zealand were the three candidates with the Japanese a decided favourite. Having co-hosted soccer's World Cup in 2002, Japan already had the necessary sporting infrastructure in place. ...

  9. HK out to show who's Asia's No 1

    Posted Sep 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in Japan offers us the best chance next year,' Hong Kong captain Rowan Varty said. 'But to do that we have to push forward our credentials and the only way to do that is to be the No1 ... month they finished runners-up to South Korea at the Shanghai Sevens, and need nothing less than Cup victory to be ranked No 1. Standing in their way are South Korea, a new-look Japan team ...

  10. Hong Kong face hard slog in Kazakhstan

    Posted Apr 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... in the top three and, if possible, finish second only to Asian powerhouse Japan. To do that, they will have to beat Kazakhstan at home. With four games against top Russian clubs under their belt, Kazakhstan will be a battle-hardened force. Last year's runners-up have carefully mapped out their campaign to close the gap on Asian heavyweights Japan. Japan have represented Asia at every ...




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