Dai Rees

Little change to squad as Dai Rees looks to build on success

Fijian sevens star Waisale Serevi gives direction in a 'fun day' event at King's Park yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

It could have been interpreted in two ways: that coach Dai Rees has remained faithful to the players who earned Hong Kong the sobriquet of Asian sevens champions, or the lack of depth forced him to stick with the same crop.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 4:44am

Rusty Hong Kong enter Spar International Sevens last eight in Harare

Hong Kong coach Dai Rees. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong will face hosts Zimbabwe in the Cup quarter-finals at the Spar International Sevens in Harare today after taking time to "shake off the cobwebs" on the opening day, which ended in a one win-one loss record.

10 Mar 2013 - 4:35am

Sealed with a hiss as hosts get dream draw for Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong squad celebrate at yesterday's draw for the Sevens, which saw them placed in a favourable pool for the March showdown. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong will rub shoulders with the 15 core teams at the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series from March 22-24. They have been invited to do so by the International Rugby Board, not because they are the hosts, but because they wear the mantle of Asian sevens champions.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:39am

Coach Dai Rees hails fresh talent as Hong Kong go down to Belgium

Hong Kong rugby coach Dai Rees. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Belgium was a bridge too far for Hong Kong but head of performance Dai Rees hailed the second Emirates Airline Cup of Nations as a success with a number of players announcing they were ready to step into the void left by sevens players next season.

16 Dec 2012 - 3:43am

Hong Kong and Belgium face off in Emirates Cup in Dubai

Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong will have to overcome a stern test up front against a physical Belgium outfit today if they are to retain the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations title, said manager Dai Rees after he named the strongest starting lineup on tour, including fit-again scrumhalf Kirk Munro and winger Tom McQueen.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:10am

Chris McAdam ready to make Hong Kong flyhalf role his own

Hong Kong manager Dai Rees has put faith in Chris McAdam.

All eyes will be on Chris McAdam as Hong Kong begin their title defence at the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations against Zimbabwe today. Kowloon flyhalf McAdam will take over the role played by Keith Robertson last year and expectations are high he can fit in as seamlessly as Jamie Hood did in the sevens squad this season.

8 Dec 2012 - 2:29am

HK rugby women's team to beef up defence to secure World Cup berth

The emphasis will be on defence as Hong Kong seek to qualify for the Women's World Cup Sevens in Moscow next year, and captain Royce Chan Leong-sze believes the goal is within reach.

9 Sep 2012 - 3:03am

Kowloon’s Gesinde adds stature to HK sevens squad

Hong Kong national coach Dai Rees says of his new player: “Eni [Gesinde] will add another dimension to our forward play."

Eni Gesinde, the dashing Kowloon back-rower, is the only new face in the 12-strong Hong Kong squad for this weekend’s opening tournament in the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Armour out for Top Five finale after Japan citing

Hong Kong will be without Ross Armour for their final game in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition against Kazakhstan on Saturday after the fullback received a two-match ban as a result of a citing against Japan.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rees lays out HK road map to Moscow 2013

The countdown clock is ticking for Hong Kong after the International Rugby Board announced the dates for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow - June 28-30.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Giant prop Nolan loses race for fitness

Steve Nolan has lost his race to regain fitness for the opening game of the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five tournament against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai tomorrow.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Youngsters key to getting elite funding

So you think today is a red-letter day for Hong Kong rugby? While the performance on the pitch will be crucial to deciding if Hong Kong become a core team in the world series next season, there is a bigger event in June.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Be careful what you wish for

Forget the challenges on the field, the biggest hurdle for Hong Kong if they became a world series team next season would be finding a group of players who could commit to playing in 10 tournaments, says Dai Rees, head of performance at the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cautious Rees eyes Japan upset in A5N

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.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Coach Dai aiming high

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 Hong Kong Sevens.

Rowan Varty will take on the captaincy armband for the first time at next weekend's showpiece event at Hong Kong Stadium as the hosts chase one of three prized core-team berths up for grabs.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am