Emirates Airline Cup of Nations

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.

Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 3:43am

Belgium prove too strong for Hong Kong

Pale Tauti

Hong Kong will learn and grow from yesterday's 24-12 defeat to Belgium in the final of the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations said senior coach Leigh Jones who was full of praise for a brave effort which he described as "simply magnificent".

15 Dec 2012 - 2:59am

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

Kirk Munro's return to fitness throws open scrumhalf position

Kirk Munro

Valley scrumhalf Kirk Munro has been declared fit to play in the title-decider at the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations against Belgium tomorrow, leaving senior coach Leigh Jones in a quandary.

13 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Hong Kong defeat UAE in Emirates Airline Cup

Hong Kong stayed unbeaten and will meet Belgium in a winners-take-all clash on Friday after dispatching hosts United Arab Emirates 51-6 in the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations yesterday.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:02am

Hong Kong prepare for Belgium with attacking show against UAE

Hong Kong rugby team senior coach Leigh Jones. Photo: Nora Tam

Defending champions Hong Kong take on hosts United Arab Emirates today with an eye on getting their attacking game in order before the big match against Belgium in the Emirates Airline Cup of Nations XV Rugby tournament.

11 Dec 2012 - 2:31am

Tom McColl guides Hong Kong to win in Emirates Cup of Nations opener

Tom McColl

Newly qualified as a pilot, Tom McColl wants to fly a Boeing 777. Cathay Pacific hasn't yet told him what plane he will fly, though, so for the moment all McColl is in charge of is the Hong Kong 15s team - and he showed that despite a long absence, he was more than capable of taking over the controls in their opening win on Saturday.

7 Apr 2014 - 7:53pm

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

Hong Kong must match opponents up front in Emirates cup

Leigh Jones. Photo: Nora Tam

Leigh Jones has called on the forwards to deliver if Hong Kong are to stand a chance of defending their Emirates Airline Cup of Nations title in Dubai.

6 Dec 2012 - 2:45am

Hong Kong rugby sees nine newcomers before Dubai Cup of Nations

Hong Kong coach Dai Rees

Defending champions Hong Kong have named nine new caps for next month's Emirates Airline Cup of Nations in Dubai as they go in hunt of a back division that will ensure Asia's number two team stay among the elite in the run-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

7 Apr 2014 - 7:56pm