An air of uncertainty hovers over the SAR's squad for next month's Credit Suisse First Boston Hong Kong Sevens, with rugby officials unsure if the local side also have to comply with Immigration Department rules. For the first time, overseas players will need an employment visa to play at the Hong Kong Sevens. Apart from bringing along their boots and rugby kit, players from the 23 invited teams will now also need a work visa stamped on their passports when they arrive for the March 26-28 tournament. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) yesterday was unsure if the Hong Kong squad would also have to abide by this rule. 'We are not sure. We will be writing to the Immigration Department to clarify the situation,' said Allan Payne, HKRFU executive director. If Hong Kong also must comply, it is believed that the majority of the squad would not have any problems. At past Hong Kong Sevens, players did not have to abide by this ruling, although the Immigration Department tried to bring it into force last year before revoking the move at the last minute. A 16-strong squad was named yesterday by the local selectors. But one of the finds of the season, Aberdeen's powerhouse centre Wasi Batibasaga, has been omitted, apparently because of this unforeseen problem. Batibasaga, who is playing in his first local season, was in the Hong Kong squad who played in the Warringah Sevens in Sydney last month. The Fijian, who did not return with the team, is expected to come back soon but his future in the sevens squad is now in doubt over this Immigration Department ruling. Batibasaga is rated highly by assistant sevens coach Rodney McIntosh. The final 10-strong squad for the Hong Kong Sevens will be named on March 10. Coach Jim Rowark is hopeful that a number of players who are currently carrying injuries will recover quickly. Among the injured are Stephen Kidd, Roger Leeson, Rob Newnes-Smith and Chris Gordon. 'We named a big squad taking into account the entire sevens season and also because it gives us the opportunity to have practice matches within the squad,' said Rowark. Apart from the Hong Kong Sevens, the SAR will also take part in the Japan Sevens, Paris Sevens and Jerusalem Sevens. After 10 years of being the driving force behind the Hong Kong Football Club 10s, Carlsberg will this year step down as sponsor of the annual precursor to the Hong Kong Sevens. Organisers of the Football Club 10s are apparently still looking for a title sponsor for the tournament, which will be played on March 24-25 at the Sports Road venue. 'We knew at the end of last year's tournament that Carlsberg would not be around this time. 'We have employed a marketing company to look out for a sponsor,' said John Molloy, chairman of the Football Club's rugby section yesterday. Molloy said the tournament would go ahead with the same number of teams and the format this year. 'Everyone can be assured that good quality rugby will be seen . . . 24 teams will be on show,' added Molloy. For the first time, plans are also afoot to record a one-hour highlight programme of the 10s, which will be shown on Star and Japanese TV. HONG KONG SEVENS SQUAD Rob Newnes-Smith, Will Wild, Mark Solomon, Stanley Afeaki, Roger Leeson, Paul Dingley, Hamish Bowden, Nigel D'Acre, Stephen Kidd, Chris Yates, Carl Murray, Isi Tu'ivai, Keith Lowen, Matt Reede, Luke Nabaro, Chris Gordon.