08 Apr 13
Anna Healy Fenton
The draw for the Tokyo Sevens was completed on-event at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens with Hong Kong handed a challenging task after being pooled with HSBC Sevens World Series leaders New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
Goosen, Maclay and Alexander will be rested this weekend as Hong Kong intensifies its preparations for the HSBC Asian 5 Nations opener on May 5 in Hong Kong versus Korea.
HKRFU Head of Performance and Coaching/National Coach Dai Rees commented on his selection for Tokyo saying, "We were always looking to use 15 or 16 players over both of the Hong Kong and Tokyo legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series. This was designed to balance the tough turnaround over the two tournaments and also to transition players for the upcoming HSBC Asian 5 Nations. The three players left behind, Mark, Tim and Ally are all prominent 15s players who we have decided to leave behind for early preparation for the A5N.
"We are fortunate to be able to bring in two seasoned internationals Fan Shun Kei and Tsang Hing Hung and have decided to take Jamie Hood to replace Ally Maclay at the centre position and for his ability to provide specialist cover for Keith Robertson on Day 1 of the tournament."
Despite a three-match ban for a spear tackle in the quarter final of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens qualifier tournament last weekend, Keith Robertson has been selected for Tokyo.
"It is a two day competition and we know on Day 1 that we are up against the series leaders in New Zealand and sixth-ranked Australia. We know that we are capable of pushing Australia having being down there earlier in the season and we know that we are capable of pushing the USA who are in a transition phase.
"Day 2, we are going to be in the competition, but we're probably going to be in the bottom half after Day 1. So we need our best team on Sunday to pressurise teams like Japan again and Portugal and Russia to be in the competition on Sunday. A fresh Keith Robertson on Day 2 will be a pretty potent player to have up my sleeve," added Rees.
Giles Morgan, HSBC's Group Head of Sponsorship and Events, said, "HSBC is delighted with the Hong Kong Rugby team's performance at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012 last weekend. We hope they are able to take the confidence they gained from the tournament and build on the successes they have had in the past year as they take part in the Tokyo Sevens, a new stop of the HSBC Sevens World Series. As a proud sponsor, we will continue to support all endeavours of the Hong Kong Rugby teams and look forward to a great Sevens competition in Japan."
HKRFU Men's Sevens Squad for Tokyo Sevens:
Rowan Varty (captain) - DeA
Keith Robertson - DeA
Kwok Ka Chun - DeA
Tsang Hing Hung - DeA
Fan Shun Kei - DeA
Salom Yiu Kam-shing - Valley
Lee Jones - Valley
Ross Armour - Valley
Tom McQueen - Valley
Jamie Hood - Valley
Alex McQueen - Hong Kong Cricket Club
Anthony Haynes - Hong Kong Cricket Club