Rugby: Singapore youngster Jay-Hykel to play for Dragons at Hong Kong 10s showpiece

Singapore rugby standout Jay-Hykel Jailani will mix it with the big boys next week as he represents the Asia Pacific Dragons at the prestigious Hong Kong 10s tournament. -- BH FILE PHOTO: MOHD TAUFIK A KADER
Singapore rugby standout Jay-Hykel Jailani will mix it with the big boys next week as he represents the Asia Pacific Dragons at the prestigious Hong Kong 10s tournament. -- BH FILE PHOTO: MOHD TAUFIK A KADER

Singapore rugby standout Jay-Hykel Jailani will mix it with the big boys next week as he represents the Asia Pacific Dragons at the prestigious Hong Kong 10s tournament.

The 20-year-old winger, who impressed at the HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens last year, was given a spot as part of a tie-up between the Singapore Rugby Union and the Dragons, an invitational side which showcases the region's best players.

Jay-Hykel will receive guidance from Dragons coach Tana Umaga, the legendary former All Blacks captain, during the March 26-27 showpiece.

The youngster, who has yet to represent Singapore at the 15s level, said: "It is a rare opportunity indeed, and I am determined to make the best of it. I know I have a lot to learn, and I hope I can represent Singapore rugby well."

His team-mates throughout the next week will include 2010 International Rugby Board Sevens Player of the Year Mikaele Pesamino as well as Fiji's Rupeni Caucaunibuca and Samoan Alesana Tuilagi, who were once top scorers in the French and English professional leagues respectively.

Jon Phelps, managing director of Carinat Sports Marketing, which own the Dragons, said: "When we founded the team back in 2011, one of our objectives was to be able to offer talented Asian players the platform to demonstrate their abilities and gain experience by playing and training alongside some world-class players."

The Dragons were unstoppable en route to victory at the Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s last year, winning their six matches by a combined score of 237-19.

A total of 16 elite sides will compete at next week's HK 10s, which is held in the days leading up to the world-famous HK Sevens competition.

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