Tonga and Cambridge University will provide opposition for Hong Kong in their buildup to October's crucial Asian zone Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Singapore and December's Asian Games in Bangkok. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) yesterday announced a comprehensive programme for the two different SAR teams who will be gunning for glory at either end of the rugby spectrum. The Asian Rugby Football Tournament (ARFT) in Singapore will see Hong Kong take on Japan, Korea and Taiwan in a round-robin contest for direct entry into the 1999 World Cup in Wales. In Bangkok, rugby will be played for the first time at the Asian Games. Medals are on offer at both the sevens and 15-a-side competition. To prepare for these two events, the HKRFU has decided to get a standard of opposition that is a level higher than Hong Kong. The Tongan national side will tour Hong Kong from September 27 to October 4 and are scheduled to play three games, two against the squad bound for the ARFT and one against the Asian Games squad. 'We concluded arrangements for Tonga's visit with the Tongan management over the Hong Kong Sevens weekend,' said Jamie Scott, HKRFU director of development. Tonga will arrive fresh from their World Cup qualifying event against Fiji, Samoa and Australia in mid-September. Cambridge University will arrive in early September for a similar number of games against both squads. 'We're currently working on getting fixtures against Cambridge University who have expressed interest in touring here. 'The standard of both visiting teams will be high and it will serve as ideal preparation for both squads,' added Scott. The HKRFU is also targeting a series of sevens and 10s tournaments over the summer for the Asian Games squad. Tonga and Cambridge will wrap up a busy year for Hong Kong who kick off a hectic 15-a-side international schedule against Western Australia later this month. The Australians will play three games which will be used as a buildup for the 1998 Pacific Rim Championships featuring Canada, Japan, the United States and Hong Kong. This home-and-away series will be played in May and June. Most of the Pac Rim squad will not be eligible to play at the ARFT or the Asian Games, hence the HKRFU's move to bring down Tonga and Cambridge University. The inaugural 15-a-side women's Test match between Japan and Hong Kong on Wednesday ended in a 41-14 loss to the SAR side. The second Test will be played on Sunday.