HK sevens leader out of action after surgery

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 January, 2011, 12:00am

Hong Kong sevens team captain Mark Wright will not play for the next six months following surgery on his right shoulder last week.

He will not be available for Hong Kong Sevens or the HSBC Asian Five Nations tournament.

'I had to fix my shoulder. The doctor who did the operation said it was badly messed up,' Wright said yesterday. 'I will miss the Hong Kong Sevens and the 15s test matches, but if there was a time to get the operation done, then this was the best time.'

The Hong Kong Sevens and the Asian Five Nations are the only big events for Hong Kong this year and Wright felt it was better to get his nagging problem fixed and return to 100 per cent fitness.

Wright, who underwent the operation last Thursday. said: 'There are no World Cup qualifiers or Asian Games and East Asian Games matches. I had an operation on my shoulder in 2009 but I hurt it badly soon after and ever since it has been troubling me.

'I'm still in pain, but hopefully I will be able to start gym work and come back stronger and better. This enforced break will give me the chance to work on my speed and I will be working hard on that and my fitness.'

Wright captained the team at the past two Hong Kong Sevens as well as at the Asian Games in Guangzhou last November.

'He will be missed, but this also gives us the opportunity to look at someone else,' Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees said. 'It was the best that he did the operation now as it was troubling him for a long time.'

Wright, along with fellow-Hong Kong international Rowan Varty, returned this month from Japan where they had been playing in the corporate Top 14 competition for Toyota Jido Shokki Shuttles. 'Unfortunately our team were relegated. We were the new guys in the top division and we struggled a lot,' Wright said.

Both Wright and Varty are uncertain about playing in Japan next season. 'We are still negotiating. The new season in Japan will start in November, a bit later because of the World Cup,' Wright said.

'Right now we don't know what will happen as far as we are concerned, but for me all my focus will be on getting fit and getting back.'