The Hong Kong men’s sevens squad will take part in the Borneo Sevens 2017
The Borneo tournament, which draws
players and teams from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, will be
Hong Kong’s last hit-out ahead of next month’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC
Hong Kong Sevens.
Hong Kong took part in the Coral Coast Sevens in Fiji earlier this
Last year’s squad reached the cup final in Borneo,
losing to the hosts Borneo Eagles, 21-7, after entering the final
with just 10 men due to injuries.
Hong Kong has been seeded
as the top team in Pool B in the ten-team tournament, alongside
the Malaysia Sevens team and regional clubs Sabah Eagles, Dinowin
and Alabang Eagles.
Pool A sees defending champions NZ
Borneo Eagles, Australian sevens club side Tribe 7s, COBRA club
from Kuala Lumpur and the national teams of Singapore and Sri
Lanka, who are in the same pool as Hong Kong in the upcoming World
Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier played as part of the Cathay
Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
NZ Borneo Eagles are an
invitational side based in Sabah, Malaysia that attracts A-list
players from Fiji and New Zealand and are perennial contenders at
their home event and other sevens competitions around the region.
Borneo will mark Paul John’s first tournament as Head Coach
since his arrival from Wales earlier this week. John will rely heavily on his
former Welsh sevens captain Jevon Groves, who has been coaching
the team in the interim since Gareth Baber’s departure, as he
takes an opportunity to get a closer look at his new squad.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said John. “Borneo
will give me a good feel for the squad and the chance to see the
boys in a competitive environment as we look ahead to the
Qualifier in April. It will also be a chance for me to get to know
they boys a bit better and for them to get to know me. Being in a tournament is the best way to see how the team reacts
to different situations and how they react under pressure.”
An experienced Hong Kong side will take the pitch in
Borneo with captain Max Woodward leading Christopher Maize,
Michael Coverdale, Mark Wright and Toby Fenn, (who made his sevens
squad debut last year in Borneo before eventually being selected for the Hong Kong Sevens), handling the action in the forwards.
Jamie Hood and Lee Ka-to will serve as the scrumhalves with
Ben Rimene and Alex McQueen as inside backs and Rowan Varty, Yiu
Kam-shing and Ryan Meacheam on the wings.
“It’s a veteran
squad and Jevon [Groves] has been doing some great work with the
team since Gareth left. Jevon and I work very well together dating
back to the days when he was one of my players and we will
continue to do that this weekend and heading into the Qualifier. Hopefully by the end of the weekend we will have a good
idea of where we are at ahead of the Hong Kong Sevens and know
exactly what we need to continue working on,” John said.
Hong Kong will face Sabah Eagles, which features a healthy
sprinkling of Malaysian-based Fijian players, in the first round of
pool play at 10.40am on Saturday (18 March) with games against
Philippine club side Alabang Eagles (12.20) and Dinowin (14.40)
completing the pool play on Saturday.
The top finisher in
Pool B will cross over to play the fourth placed finisher in Pool
A in Sunday’s cup quarter-finals. The fifth placed finishers in
the pool will advance directly to the Shield Final.
Hong Kong Squad for
Max WOODWARD ©, Chris MAIZE,
Mike COVERDALE, Mark WRIGHT, Toby FENN, LEE Ka-to, Jamie HOOD, Ben
RIMENE, Alex McQUEEN, Rowan VARTY, YIU Kam-shing, Ryan MEACHEAM.
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