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Hong Kong’s Asian Games champs prepare for rugby sevens weekend

Date : 04 Apr 2019

Hong Kong, China, April 4, 2019: The Hong Kong Rugby Union announced the squads to compete in the Men’s and Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifiers, played as part of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, on March 30.

The men’s qualifier will be played from Friday to Sunday, April 5-7, in the Hong Kong Stadium, while the women’s competition starts at So Kon Po on Thursday, April 4, before moving across the street to the Stadium for the full second day action.

Much is at stake with the squads jockeying for full-time spots on their respective World Series in 2020, while the region’s Olympic Qualifier also looms this November.

The women’s team’s new coach, Iain Monaghan, has ambitions to turn the squad into the fastest team in Asia. “We want to play with speed because it suits our skillset and allows us to apply more pressure and score tries - and that is what we are all about, scoring tries,” said Monaghan.

Hong Kong will play last year’s losing semi-finalists Kenya, Papua New Guinea and debutants Uganda in Pool Y.

The Hong Kong men, who beat Japan in the Asian Games final in Jakarta last summer to win the gold medal for the first time, are preparing for another run at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series - but the challenge continues to grow as more and more nations pump resources into their seven-a-side programmes, particularly with 2019 being a global Olympic qualification year.

Hong Kong are top seeds in Pool E and will play Tonga, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.

Hong Kong women: Melody LI Nim-yan (captain), Agnes CHAN Tsz-Ching, Stephanie CHAN, CHONG Ka-yan, Jessica EDEN, Jessica HO Wai-On, Ivy KWONG Sau-yan, Sarah LUCAS, Maelle PICUT, POON Hoi-yan, Amy PYLE, Colleen TJOSVOLD.

Hong Kong men (expanded squad): Sebastian BRIEN, Michael COVERDALE, Toby FENN, Liam HERBERT, Jamie HOOD, Lee JONES, Cado LEE Ka-to, Alex McQUEEN, Tom McQUEEN, MAK Kwai-chung, Raef MORRISON, Jack NEVILLE, Ben RIMENE, Russell WEBB, Max WOODWARD, Salom YIU Kam-shing.

Released on behalf of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union by Elite Step Asia Ltd.

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