Japan's New Zealand-born captain Andrew McCormick will be hoping that a new halves combination will lay the foundation for victory against Hong Kong in the Pacific Rim Championship encounter at the Aberdeen Stadium tomorrow. Japan have revamped their halfback combination which played in the two losses to Canada and the US at home earlier this month. New Zealander Stephen Miln moves from fullback to flyhalf and he will pair off with quicksilver scrumhalf Wataru Murata who is returning from injury. 'We have had a lot of problems in this area in the past two games. I hope the new combination will provide the spur to victory,' said outside centre McCormick. The pressure is on him and the other five foreign players in the team to perform. A 30-22 loss to Canada followed by a 38-27 defeat by the United States has raised questions in the Japanese media whether the team would be better off fielding a full Japanese side. For the first time in the country's rugby heritage, a foreign player has been handed the mantle of leadership. McCormick and company all qualify under International Rugby Board residency regulations - three years - to play for Japan. The former Canterbury centre hopes the crucial changes at the pivotal positions will be decisive. 'We have been creating a lot of opportunities, but have failed to turn those chances into points. Our handling has been poor and our concentration has been lacking. If we can play consistently for a full 80 minutes, I'm sure we will be able to do well against Hong Kong,' said McCormick. Last year at the Aberdeen Stadium, Japan led Hong Kong at the end of the first half, but then lost steam to finish 42-20 losers. Hong Kong also demolished Japan by a similar margin when they played in Tokyo. McCormick, 31, hopes the presence of the six foreign players (including himself) can turn it around this time. The entire back row is made up of expat players - No 8 Ross Thompson and flankers Robert Gordon and Gregory Smith. Gordon was the only one who played in the Pac Rim last year. In the backs, Miln is the only newcomer. McCormick, who has played for Japan for the past three years, and winger Patiliai Tuidraki are old faces. 'If we can finish strongly, then we should be able to win. We need a win badly and I think we should be able to do it on Saturday,' said McCormick. Japan currently prop the four-team competition with only one point from two games. Hong Kong are at the top of the standings with nine points.