Police officer Thad Hill will revisit the scene of an earlier 'crime' when he returns to Hong Kong to spearhead the United States Eagles' challenge in the Hong Kong Sevens later this month. The fiery 30-year-old winger will make his first appearance in the SAR since bowing out of the 1996 tournament in shame after high tackling an Argentinian opponent during his team's 52-12 loss. But the flamboyant speedster is now poised to erase the memory of his unhappy exit, and the Eagles will attempt to improve on their past year's performance that saw them win the Bowl competition. However, the US team will be missing two of their lynchpin players, with captain Dan Lyle ruled out through a knee injury and powerful centre Alatini Saulala declaring himself unavailable. Centre Al Dekin will captain a side who also include regular sevens stalwarts Brian Hightower and Vaea Anitoni. '[Dekin's] a very steadying influence, in training and on the field,' said US manager Keith Seaber. Willie Mahoni, Soane Tau, Dave Hodges and Eric Tuipulotu will also be in the new-look squad. Seaber said he believes the Eagles' group, which includes New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore, is the toughest of the first round. 'It's a very hard pool - I think it's the toughest. But we'll stick to our guns and try to come through,' he said. SQUAD Vaea Anitoni, Al Dekin, Malakai Delai, Brian Hightower, Thad Hill, David Hodges, Rich Matiszik, Willie Mahoni, Soane Tau, Eric Tuipulotu.