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19 Jan 2017
Hong Kong, China, January 18, 2017: The Hong Kong Rugby Union’s men’s national sevens team has kicked off its preparations for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifiers in April with a training camp in Fiji ahead of this weekend’s Coral Coast Sevens. The week-long tour involves an intensive training camp followed by a high-class sevens tournament featuring some of Fiji’s top sevens clubs, along with Germany and invitational sides from Australia.

In the run-up to this weekend’s tournament, the squad will also train with Rio Olympic gold medalists Fiji, who are preparing for the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand at the end of the month. The Fijians have a new coach in Gareth Baber, who accepted the position at the end of 2016 after coaching Hong Kong for three years.

“The tour marks the start of our preparations for the World Series qualifier in April and provides an excellent opportunity to help transition the players from fifteen-a-side to sevens mode. It also gives the coaches an opportunity to see where we are as a group at the moment,” said Dai Rees, General Manager of Rugby Performance at the HKRU.

“The Coral Coast tournament will expose the squad to some world-class sevens, with the Fijian sides in particular featuring a lot of players who either already have World Series experience or are on the cusp of making the Fiji team, so it is really a perfect build-up for us,” Rees added.

Hong Kong’s new men’s sevens coach, Jevon Groves, has selected 15 players for the tour with some notable new inclusions, amongst them Hong Kong fifteens winger Charles Higson-Smith and former U20s sevens squad member Eric Kwok Pak-nga. The World Series qualifier will be held in April as part of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
 
Source: Info Elite Step Asia
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