Sevens season kicks off in Fiji for Hong Kong

Sports | 20 Jan 2017

Hong Kong will open its sevens season with a match against the Coastline Roos tomorrow morning in the Mana Whey Coral Coast Sevens in Fiji.

Max Woodward will captain the team while Charles Higson-Smith is set for his Hong Kong debut in the tournament, which caps a week-long training camp in Fiji with the country's Olympic gold medalists.

The competition in Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka features 16 teams and will offer Hong Kong some strong competition to kick off their buildup for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in April, when they will bid to qualify for the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Hong Kong are the top seeds in Pool C, ahead of Fiji club sides Wardens, who reached the final in 2016, Naviti Ratu Filise and Coastline Roos.

Germany, the only other national side competing this weekend, head Pool D, while defending champions Police and Uluinakau top Pools A and B respectively.

"It will be two days of high-class competition and intensity," said Dai Rees, general manager of performance rugby at the Hong Kong Rugby Union.

There is a heavy contingent of players in the clubs with World Series experience or on the cusp of playing for Fiji," Rees observed. "Our expectation is that this tournament will be at a World Series standard. Support for sevens is fanatical in Fiji and the depth here is amazing."

SQUAD: Max Woodward (capt), Chris Maize, Charles Higson-Smith, Toby Fenn, Cado Lee Ka-to, Jason Jeyam, Lee Jones, Alex McQueen, Rowan Varty, Salom Yiu Kam-shing; Michael Coverdale (injury replacement)

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