Returning from a stress-free summer holiday in Sri Lanka (thankfully, even the Tigers seemed to have taken a break), it was not long before one was reminded that the only constant in life is change. Gone was Ian Brownlee, in chase of his triathlon dreams. Back in the swing of things is Pieter Schats, probably in search of more excitement as the union's chairman of selectors. Returning to the Hong Kong Sevens are the Scots. After missing out in the past couple of tournaments, they will be eagerly awaited, especially by local officials who are looking for ways and means to give the SAR's biggest sporting event a much-needed lift. Also returning to the action is Isi Tu'ivai. Now that his exercise business is running on its own steam, the Tongan torpedo (hopefully he is still armed and dangerous) has changed his mind about retirement and is keen to get back in time to take on the Japanese and Koreans at the Asian Championships. Plans to bring down Tonga and Cambridge University before these all-important World Cup qualifiers had also fallen through over the summer. Now the Hong Kong team's buildup will comprise two games against Queensland in early October in Brisbane. Also swept aside is the move to include Hong Kong captain Paul Dingley in the team. A sound decision by the union which would have run the risk of embarrassment in Singapore during the Asian Championships. Yes. There has been plenty of change recently. Just goes to show life is never static, especially in a place like Hong Kong. The decision to go to Brisbane in search of match practice is a sound one for the Hong Kong team, who will need to find their feet quickly once in Singapore. Brisbane gives coaches Phil Campbell and Gary Cross the opportunity to have the entire side at their beck and call for five or six days. Something which would not have been possible if Hong Kong had stayed at home and welcomed Tonga and Cambridge University. Hong Kong are fortunate in the draw for the Asian Rugby World Cup qualifiers. They are up against Taiwan first - on October 24 - a game which should give them the luxury of ironing out all their problems before meeting the big guns of the region, South Korea and Japan on October 27 and 31 respectively. An initial 30-man squad will be named by the selectors today. This will be cut to 25 later. Another piece of good news is that Vaughan Going will return for the tournament. Going, currently playing club rugby in England, will take on the onerous duties of goal-kicking. It will be interesting to see where he fits in. Will he play at his usual fullback slot, as he did during the Pac Rim, or will he move to flyhalf, a position vacated by the ineligible Chris Yates? The Singapore Rugby Union (SRU), which hosts October's Standard Chartered Asian Championships, has to pull out all the stops to make the tournament a success. SRU's chief executive officer Peter Randall, who was in town on a promotional visit last week, said that every effort was being made by the rugby community in Singapore, the Government and the tourist board to ensure this biennial event is a memorable one. Randall expects a large following of partisan supporters from each of the 10 countries taking part to fill the 30,000-seater national stadium.