THE Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has sought the aid of a top Chinese Olympic Committee official in a bid to get the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to play at the Carlsberg International 10s tournament on March 27-28. Wei Jizhong, the secretary-general of the Chinese Olympic Committee, who was in Hong Kong last week was approached by senior HKRFU officials for assistance. 'He promised us that he would do all he could to get approval for the PLA to play in Hong Kong. It would be a big coup if they were to come here before the handover,' K. K. Chiu, senior HKRFU development officer, said yesterday. Organisers of the Carlsberg 10s, who yesterday revealed the draw for the expanded 32-team tournament, are also hoping the Chinese Army team will make an appearance. They confirmed that the HKRFU was trying various avenues to attract the PLA Sports Institute to grace the popular 10s event - celebrating its 10th anniversary. 'The PLA will be a big draw. From what we hear their rugby is quite good and it will be terrific for the tournament,' said Simon Earles, a member of the organising committee and chairman of the Hong Kong Football Club rugby section. The PLA won the Guangzhou 10s in January when they defeated Aberdeen. They were targeted last year too for the Carlsberg 10s, but failed to get clearance and visas to travel to Hong Kong. 'They have to get cleared by the army's High Command. This is where we hope the Chinese Olympic Committee can come in and help us,' Chiu said. 'We are prepared to wait until the very last minute. Every opportunity must be given to the PLA to play here. 'If they are unable to come we have a replacement side,' Earles added. If the PLA get approval, China will be represented by two teams, the other being the Chinese Agricultural University. Hong Kong will field four sides in the expanded tournament. The Tetley Barbarians comprising national squad players - outside the Hong Kong Sevens squad and Football Club players - were handed the toughest draw when they were pooled with last year's runners-up Aliens in the preliminary round. The other three local teams are the Hong Kong Developing Players (drawn with defending champions Davetalavu from Fiji), the Asian Dragons and tournament hosts, Football Club. The winners of each group will play in the Cup competition, the runners-up in the Plate and the third-placed team in the Bowl with fourth-placed teams eliminated on the first day. DRAW Pool A: Davetalevu* (Fiji), Funky Gibbons (Australia), ISCI (Indonesia), Hong Kong Developing Team. Pool B: Aliens* (Japan), Tetley Barbarians (Hong Kong), Acorn Club (Japan), Cambridge Barbarians (England). Pool C: Cook Islands*, Royal Logistics Corp (England), Caboolture Snakes (Australia), British Club Bangkok. Pool D: Nikon Mana Magicians* (Fiji), B.O.S.A. Virgins (UK), Bucks (Singapore), PLA Sports Institute (China). Pool E: Legends Rugby Club* (Australia), Waikato Warnouts (New Zealand), Panaga (Brunei), Chinese Agricultural University. Pool F: Natal Pelicans*, European Exiles (England), Singapore Cricket Club, Wolverhampton Old Boys (England). Pool G: White Hart Marauders* (England), Calamity Cricket Club (Australia), Kidderminster (England), Hong Kong Asian Dragons. Pool H: US Hogs RFC*, Hong Kong Football Club, The Hanboks (Korea), Tokyo Gaijin. Note: * denotes seeded teams.