Was it a case of one Sevens, two Chinas? The presence of China and Taiwan at the weekend's Credit Suisse First Boston-sponsored Hong Kong rugby Sevens was probably a bit too much for the organisers. During Sunday's march-past, all the teams were welcomed on to the pitch by announcer Brian Langley. Down the line, in alphabetic order we had Thailand, followed by Taiwan and then Tonga. Langley, in his inimitable style, was calling the shots, but inexplicably failed to acknowledge Taiwan's presence. Was it an oversight (although we can't see an old pro like Langley slipping up), or was it that the organisers wanted to be politically correct in the presence of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa who had made a brief appearance at the Sevens. The Taiwanese had the last laugh. They may have been ignored during the march-past, but on the field you could not hide them as they stormed into the Bowl final. Watching them, that old myth that Chinese can't play rugby, was quickly dispelled. Their brethren - newcomers to the game - must have taken heart. Now we know why the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has Chinese directors on its board. When Tung Chee-hwa arrived mid-afternoon on Sunday, he was greeted by the HKRFU's grand old man Gerry Forsgate who had in tow, John Chiu (director of finance), Steve Wong (director, youth) and David Chang (director, club development and recruitment). Clement Lau, the secretary of the HKRFU was also on hand. Tung must have been really impressed. 'Who told me that rugby was a gweilo game?' could have been a thought that flitted through his mind. But all the plans of mice and the HKRFU, went awry. Tung's timing was impeccable. He arrived just in time to watch Hong Kong's 'foreign legion' (as pointed out by no less a person than Australian star David Campese) fall to a well-drilled Japanese side in the Plate quarter-finals. Dave Roberts, astute commercial director of the HKRFU, never bargained for the popularity of the bucket hats amongst teenagers at the Sevens. Roberts had held a bet with Canterbury's Ron Hall that the bucket hat, which was being sold for the first time, would not be a sell-out. The bet was that if 2,000 of these hats were sold, he would take Hall out for lunch, at the Mandarin - in Manila. Unfortunately for Roberts, the hats proved a hit. They were quickly sold out. So now Roberts, the man who makes all those million dollar commercial deals for the Union, will be taking Hall out for lunch. We hear that Hall will be laughing all the way to Manila. Hats off to him. The 'full monty' fad is trying to take off in Hong Kong. The Valley Rugby Club party - organised by a company called JHL - on Sunday night after the Sevens was in full swing with around 2,000 people at the Indian Recreation Club at So Kon Po. Fliers had been passed around during the day, promising party-goers that the local rugby hulks would do the full monty. But alas, it seems that our macho men are chicken, when it comes to revealing it all. 'It was not the full monty, only half of it,' said disappointed organiser Chris North, himself a rugby player. 'It was still out of this world.' We hear that the women's version was also done. But the chicks were chicken too. Des McGahan, the PR man behind the success of the Hong Kong Sevens, leaves the SAR soon for Ireland. As a recognition of his 14 years of hard work, Dave Roberts has organised a final fling for him and other close friends in Bangkok. The tour party, numbering 14 at the moment, leaves tomorrow and we hear the playing itinerary is 'drinking, soaking up the local sights, drinking, soaking up the local delights, and more drinking'. The tour ends on Monday. Watch this space for a full report.