ERIC RUSH: Rush has attended every Hong Kong Sevens since 1988, the last three as captain. Originally a loose forward, he converted to the wing in an attempt to gain All Black selection. This was achieved in 1992, but only last year - at the age of 30 - did he make his Test match debut. JONAH LOMU: Easily the most famous figure in modern rugby, Lomu's extraordinary feats at the 1995 World Cup earned him numerous accolades, including the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year and BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. Time magazine even named 'The Tongan Tormentor' amongst their top 10 performers of the year. The obvious choice as Player of the Tournament at last year's Hong Kong Sevens, he burst on to the international scene when appearing in the 1994 event. WAISAKE MASIREWA: Masirewa was drafted into the squad following exceptional performances at the National, Fiji and Adelaide sevens tournaments in recent weeks. A Fijian representative at both 15-a-side and sevens levels (the latter in Hong Kong last year), he is now resident in New Zealand and spurned selection by his native country to represent the Kiwis. JOE TAUIWI: A true sevens specialist, Tauiwi has not been required by his province, Second Division Bay of Plenty, for 15-a-side duty since 1994. The Kiwis' 'playmaker' during their 1994 and 1995 Hong Kong triumphs, he is the only current squad member not to have been offered a New Zealand Rugby Football Union professional contract and earns his living as a forestry worker. PETER WOODS: Woods, a vital cog in the victorious sides of 1994 and 1995, made his international sevens debut at the 1993 World Cup in Scotland. In the elongated version of rugby, he plays on the wing for First Division North Harbour. CHRISTIAN CULLEN: Freely tipped to be the revelation of the 1996 Hong Kong Sevens, Cullen was in sensational form at the Punta del Este tournament in Uruguay earlier this year, scoring 11 tries and 89 points in five games to earn the Most Valuable Player award. He has also represented New Zealand at Secondary Schools, Under-19 and Colts levels. GLEN OSBORNE: Osborne's Player of the Tournament award at the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens has proved to be the springboard for an exceptional international career. He has subsequently made 15 appearances for the All Blacks and is now widely regarded as the world's best attacking full-back. His uncle, Bill Osborne, was one of the greatest centres ever to represent New Zealand. JOELI VIDIRI: A quicksilver winger, Vidiri was fielded by Fiji at the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens and New Zealand a year later. He has forsaken Fiji at 15-a-side level too (after seven appearances) and hopes to represent the All Blacks - even though, under International Rugby Board regulations, he won't be eligible to play for them until 1997! BRAD FLEMING: Fleming made his Hong Kong Sevens debut last year, when playing in the pools phase. He is also a New Zealand Under-19 and Secondary Schools representative, as well as a former under-16 100 metres sprint champion. His first class debut was made, for the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super 12 competition, early this month. GORDON TIETJENS (coach): A workmanlike loose forward, Tietjens' greatest achievement as a player was selection for the 1983 Hong Kong Sevens, although he gave dedicated service to the Bay of Plenty and Waikato provincial selections. He also coached Bay of Plenty, being dismissed after failing to gain promotion into Division One of the National championship, prior to being put in charge of New Zealand's sevens selection in 1994. In the interim, he has proved himself an innovative and inspirational mentor while taking sevens rugby to unprecedented levels.