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Home > News > Hong Kong Menís and Womenís Rugby Sevens Development Teams are named Runners-Up in Jonah Jones Sevens
Your News Hong Kong Menís and Womenís Rugby Sevens Development Teams are named Runners-Up in Jonah Jones Sevens

Hong Kong menís and womenís rugby sevens development teams were named runners-up in the 2011 Jonah Jones Sevens Tournament in Malaysia today. The menís team was 15-26 down against the Malaysian host Royal Selangor Club and the womenís team lost to ASAS 5-10 in the cup finals.

Senior coach Fan Shun-kei, current Hong Kong international, was pleased to see many of the young players playing in a sevens tournament for the first time performing well. He said, "The boys played very well, though we lost in the cup final. They were learning each game and I am happy that we achieved our objective in winning the group and finally going through to the cup final. The young squad came back from behind in some of the games and that showed that we could deliver at the right moment. We are proud of the young boys for putting on some great performances over the weekend."

Former Hong Kong international Andy Yuen Kin-ho has taken up the role as senior coach for the womenís development team. He was also excited to see the girls going through to the cup final. Yuen said, ďI am proud of the girls and the management team. The squad did a great job these two days. When we faced some strong teams, like RSC Dingoes which comprised Malaysia and Thailand national representatives, our senior national representatives, such as Shum Wai Sum, Daniella Means and Lindsay Varty stepped up to lead the young squad and put on a strong defence and we won the game. I am pleased to see the squad grow and learn fast.Ē

The past few weeks saw a number of successful overseas tours for the rugby sevens teams, especially the India Sevens. HKRFU Head of Performance and Coaching Dai Rees was delighted to learn that both development teams achieved great results, saying, ďI feel proud of the young squads and would like to thank the coaches and the management teams. The HKFRU are making great efforts to develop not only the young players, but also the coaches. The India Sevens and Jonah Jones Sevens showed promising results for both players and coaches. We look forward to seeing them grow and further contribute to the development of rugby in Hong Kong.Ē

ďIt is another indication that we have exciting times ahead for both the menís and womenís games both through young developing players and coaches.Ē Rees concluded.

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