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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.

Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am

HK hungry for more action on the world stage

Hong Kong delivered a loud and clear message that they are deserving of more opportunities to play in the HSBC Sevens World Series next season after finishing in the top 12 at the Japan Sevens in Tokyo yesterday.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Switch necessary to help minnows, insists IRB

One-off David versus Goliath clashes have not helped the smaller nations to develop as hoped. That, plus the need to unearth three new core teams for the HSBC Sevens World Series, is what led to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens being split into two separate competitions, says the International Rugby Board.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Extra qualifying spot boosts HK's World Cup odds

Hong Kong's job of qualifying for the 2013 World Cup Sevens in Moscow has been made easier with the decision to award Asia three qualifying spots.

The 2012 HSBC Asian Sevens Series has taken on added importance with the fourth leg in this season's schedule, a non-ranking tournament in Singapore, being designated as the Asian qualifiers for the Moscow World Cup.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Excitement grows over new Sevens

'Globalisation' has caught up with the Hong Kong Sevens according to Brian Stevenson, president of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union who, while nostalgic at the change in format to next month's showpiece, insisted that it would raise the intensity and excitement from day one.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Rees boosted by release of Japan-based duo

Head coach Dai Rees has successfully negotiated the release of Japan-based sevens stars Mark Wright and Rowan Varty for the Asian Games, but insisted both were not shoo-ins for the 12-strong men's squad.

12 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

HK call up McColl for Shanghai Sevens

Kowloon centre Tom McColl is set to win his first sevens cap at this weekend's Shanghai Sevens, even though he is not eligible to play at the Asian Games in November.

A 12-strong Hong Kong squad will leave for Shanghai on Thursday with head coach Dai Rees intent on using the opening leg in the Asian Seven Series as a build-up to winning gold at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

31 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Reality bites for New Zealand

Has the aura been lost? We asked New Zealand sevens supremo Gordon Tietjens this question in the wake of the World Cup debacle. He smiles in his laconic fashion and blames rising standards for the levelling of the playing field.

Twelve months ago, New Zealand arrived having won all four previous legs and on a record winning streak of 36 matches.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Kandy Sevens shapes as dress rehearsal for World Cup qualifiers

Hong Kong's trip to Kandy for the Sri Lanka Sevens next month could well shape up to be a dress rehearsal for the Asian qualifiers for the 2009 World Cup Sevens in Dubai.

The International Rugby Board has made 15 qualifying berths available at the 24-team event, with Asia getting two spots. A Women's World Cup will be held in tandem for the first time.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

HK get 2nd chance against Argentina

Hong Kong will get another chance to see if they can really rub shoulders with the second-tier nations in the IRB Sevens when they come up against Argentina in the Bowl quarter-finals at the Adelaide Sevens, the sixth leg of the series, today.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong close to series finale

Hong Kong could be the finale to the IRB Sevens next year. It is understood that the International Rugby Board is leaning towards making the 'Jewel in the Crown' the climax to its eight-leg series.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Wales rue missed penalty in loss to Aussies

Wales were the breadth of a goal-post away from repeating Hong Kong Sevens history as they went down 21-19 to Australia in a tension-packed Pool D decider yesterday.

31 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Welsh are still learning

DESPITE making a sensational debut at the 1990 Hongkong Sevens, Wales still need to find their sevens feet.

Rupert Moon, skipper of the Welsh President's Seven, said his side will be the underdogs against seasoned sevens nation Canada in Pool B.

Canada have been made favourites to win the group, which also includes Papua New Guinea.

27 Mar 1993 - 12:00am