After a powerful first innings within the opening
Asian Rugby Sevens Sequence match in South Korea, the place the lads
took silver and the ladies bronze, one other stocked group of Hong
Kong’s sevens athletes are in Huizhou, China (14-15
Sep) for the second of three legs on the sequence, which builds up
to the Olympic qualifiers in November.
4 gamers enter
the lads’s workforce, which misplaced to Japan within the last in South Korea,
as coach Paul John continues to rotate his group and sharpen up a
squad for the Olympic qualifier.
 Raef Morrison, Seb Brien, Alex
McQueen and Ben Rimene are included within the 13-man squad
with Rimene the nominated harm alternative for the weekend.
Their inclusion sees forwards Kane Boucaut and Toby Fenn, and again
Tom McQueen, rested.
The eight-team Sequence provides no straightforward
teams and Hong Kong face a bodily path to a hoped for cup
last look, with Philippines and UAE, promoted to the
sequence this season, UAE, additionally in Pool B, together with China.

UAE had a muscular debut in Korea, narrowly shedding to
Philippines within the plate semi last earlier than beating Taipei to say
seventh total.
A motivated China seven, contemporary from claiming
Bronze within the opener – their first podium end in almost a yr,
are second seeds behind Hong Kong and can show a stiff check on
dwelling floor.
John is assured he has a gaggle suited to
the duty. “Our squad is robust. This competitors is
getting tougher to select a squad for, now, which is sweet.
There may be good competitors throughout the group and we’ve got one other 14
or 15 guys coaching that aren’t travelling, however are pushing for
areas, and that’s what we wish. The boys have been wonderful
in Korea and received very near Japan, however we didn’t play as properly
as we might within the last, and that was a bit disappointing. We
need to go so far as we presumably can once more this weekend. However there
isn’t any use in speaking about it, till we’ve got a possibility to
play our first sport. We’re solely enthusiastic about the UAE and China,
our day one opponents.  China have been excellent in Korea.
They can provide us a tough time and we’re in all probability enjoying UAE at
the worst time to get somebody like that, within the first sport of t
match. It’s a troublesome group and we should be on prime of our
sport to return by way of,” he stated.
There are additionally 4
additions within the 13-woman workforce for China, with Jessica Ho, Amber
Tsang Wing-chi and Agnes Tse Wing-kiu coming in whereas Florence
Symonds, Amy Pyle and Lee Tsz-ting are rested.
The youth
motion continues as coach Iain Monaghan makes use of each alternative
to show Hong Kong’s rising expertise to next-level competitors.
After a seamless debut from Symonds, who scored a hat trick
towards Kazakhstan within the bronze medal last, coach Iain Monaghan
is about to debut one other in a protracted listing of current Nationwide Age
Grade (NAG) candidates making senior debuts in ahead Chloe Baltazar.
Baltazar is one in every of a block of Borrelli Walsh USRC
Tigers gamers coming into the nationwide aspect and has represented Hong
Kong at U18 and U20s sevens degree. She is joined within the squad by
scrumhalf Jessica Ho Wai-on, one of many unique wave of Tigers
graduating from age grade to senior rugby in 2017, who earns her
first sevens call-up of the season this weekend.
“The younger
women carry baggage of vitality on and off the sphere, and they’re
nonetheless nowhere close to their potential so it’s actually thrilling to
watch them at this degree. All of them love giving their finest to make
Hong Kong and their households proud,” stated Monaghan.

Monaghan complimented his latest cap Baltazar saying, “Chloe has
transitioned properly over the summer season and performed a powerful function within the
U20s workforce that received the Asian Sequence. She brings an edge in our
contact tackles and a few laborious carries from her fifteens
expertise. She by no means takes a backward step and I’m happy she is
getting this opportunity, particularly after how laborious she labored this
summer season.”
Captain Melody Li leads the squad with Natasha
Olson-Thorne and Nam Ka-man additionally featured, after efficiently
getting back from harm and delivering impression in Korea. Their
defensive expertise can be wanted with Hong Kong in a difficult
group as second seeds in Pool B behind hosts China, Sri Lanka and
Malaysia. China confirmed properly to start out the season, reaching the cup
last in Korea earlier than shedding 19-5 to Japan. On dwelling floor they
enter as early favourites.
“We wish a extra constant
efficiency in each halves and to indicate our starvation and need to
enhance on, and again up our robust performances from final week,
whereas affording some new gamers an opportunity to indicate what they’ll
do,” stated Monaghan. “It’s a aggressive and laborious working
squad, which is sweet, as a result of we’ve got some difficult video games
towards enhancing opponents, who uncovered us in Korea after we did
not work more durable or smarter; we’re trying ahead to righting some
wrongs from the final match.”
Hong Kong
Girls’s Sevens Squad (13-woman, Huizhou, China, 14-15 Sept 2019):
Melody Li Nim-yan (Captain), Natasha Olson-Thorne, Sham Wai-sum,
Chloe Baltazar^, Jessica Ho Wai-on*, Au Yeung, Sin-yi; Poon Hoi-yan;
Nam Ka-man, Chong Ka-yan, Stephanie Chan Chor-ki, Jessica Eden,
Amber Tsang Wing-chi*, Agnes Tse Wing-kiu*
Hong Kong Males’s Sevens Squad (13-man,
Huizhou, China, 14-15 Sept 2019): Max Woodward (Captain); Seb
Brien*, Michael Coverdale, Jamie Hood, Lee Jones, Cado Lee Ka-to,
Alex McQueen*, Raef Morrison*, Jack Neville, Ben Rimene*, Hugo
Stiles, Russell Webb, Yiu Kam-shing.
^ First senior sevens cap; *Season debut.

Rugby photos:
Footage from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Kong Sevens,

Footage from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,

Footage from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,

Footage from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Kong Sevens,

Footage of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,

Footage of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Video games Qualifier in Hong

Footage of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,

Footage from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,

Footage of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,

Footage of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Footage of
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.

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