THE American Eagles are looking to recapture their buccaneering form after finishing empty-handed in the Hongkong Sevens for the past four years. Their squad will be captained by Gary Hein and includes only one newcomer to Hongkong - winger Jon Hinkin, from the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club in San Diego. Said manager Emil Signes: ''Hinkin was our leading try-scorer in the Canberra and Fiji tournaments before we came to Hongkong and hopefully he can continue the good work here. ''We have a very experienced squad and, by our standards, fast, although we do not claim to be Fijians. ''We hope our last two weeks in Canberra and Fiji have given us the experience to do well here. While we will be trying to win all our games, we have been drawn with Australia in Group D so must be realistic and say we are going for the Plate. ''We would regard being successful as either getting through to the Cup competition or winning the Plate. We won the Plate in 1986, qualified for the Cup in 1987 and won the Plate again in 1988 but haven't won anything since, although I thought we did well to reach the Plate final in 1991. ''Hopefully we will play well and we are always optimistic.'' The Eagles took in the Canberra and Fiji tournaments as a build-up to Hongkong and next month's World Cup Sevens in Scotland and Signes believes the 24-team line-up here is the strongest ever. ''Fiji was an eye-opener,'' he said. ''We have seen the future of sevens rugby and it's in Fiji.''