Former Wales sevens coach Gareth Baber will take over as head of the men's rugby sevens program at the Hong Kong Sports Institute while former New Zealand Black Fern fly-half Anna Richards will be in charge of the women.
Baber and Richards, who were both appointed by the Institute in conjunction with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, met the two squads at King's Park yesterday as they prepared for key assignments this weekend.
HKSI chief executive Trisha Leahy welcomed the two coaches, saying their entry will boost the program and "bring in even better results on the international stage."
Baber, 41, a former Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half, was coach of the backs at Cardiff Blues prior to acepting the head coaching job at the HKSI.
The Hong Kong men will travel to Singapore this weekend for the final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in what will be the final tournament in charge of Dai Rees, who will now be the HKRFU's head of technical development and performance.
"Gareth will direct our senior men's, women's and youth programs at elite level. With his international background and coaching and playing experience at the highest levels, he was the ideal fit for the role," Rees said. "My challenge is to support the group at the HKSI and hope that we will qualify for the next Olympics."
Richards will join the women's squad for the final leg of the Asian Women's Sevens Series this weekend in Pune, India.