Brian Lara won't be coming but the West Indies will definitely be turning up for this year's Credit Suisse First Boston Hong Kong Sevens from March 30 to April 1. Known more for their prowess in cricket, this collection of Caribbean states will be the newcomers at the 2001 Hong Kong Sevens, which is also the fourth leg of the IRB World Sevens Series. 'The International Rugby Board recommended we invite them. They said the West Indies were an up-and-coming side,' said Allan Payne, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's executive director. 'We have been watching their results at second-tier tournaments and we decided they would be a good addition to the Hong Kong Sevens,' Payne added. 'I bet all of them can play cricket, too. They sound an exciting team.' Pieter Schats, the HKRFU's director of marketing, said: 'They will add a new dimension to the Sevens.' All the Cup quarter-finalists at the recent Rugby World Cup Sevens will be in action, and keeping in line with the tournament's role to develop Asian rugby, eight teams from the region, including China, have been invited back. An invitation has also been issued to Russia, the Plate champions at the World Cup Sevens. 'We are confident they will accept it. It will be good to see them back after an absence of a few years,' said Payne. England will spearhead the challenge from the Home Unions along with Wales. France will take their place among the 24 teams, but Ireland and Scotland will be absent. 'As we are the jewel in the crown in the IRB's World Sevens Series, the winner of the Hong Kong Sevens will once again be awarded extra championship points,' said Schats. Hosts Hong Kong will be hoping to use the event as a stage to make amends for their disappointing performance at the World Cup. Captain Chris Gordon said: 'The team is extremely disappointed at the results in Argentina. But we are more determined to do well and hope to make amends. The only positive thing that came out of Argentina was the performance of Ricky Cheuk. Winger Cheuk, the only Chinese player in the 10-man squad, was the find of the tournament for Hong Kong and is widely expected to be the first player to be pencilled in when the selectors meet to pick the squad for next month's tournament. 'Ricky looked very much at home on the international stage. He stood up and made his presence felt, both in attack and defence. When you consider that he is only 18, it bodes good for Hong Kong rugby,' said Gordon. KGV schoolboy Cheuk began the World Cup Sevens on the bench. But he figured in the starting lineup once Warren Warner was injured and capped his tournament in style by scoring against Bowl winners Chile in the quarter-finals. 'The whole tournament was one great experience for me. Something I will remember when I'm 50,' said Cheuk yesterday. 'I remember the try well. Matt Reede set me up on the halfway line. Their centre was chasing me and I had to beat their sweeper. I just closed my eyes and ran.' The local squad for the Hong Kong Sevens will have to comply with the HKRFU's new selection policy, which encourages the selection of local players. A minimum of two locals will have to be in the 12-strong squad with one making it through to the final team. 'I want to gain my spot simply on merit and I will work hard towards that,' said Cheuk. Gordon said: 'He has already proved that he can mix it up with the best. There is no doubt that he will be picked on merit.' For the first time you can buy tickets on the Internet. Tickets will go on sale on the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's Web site - www.hksevens.com.hk - from February 15. 'We think it will be used mostly by people overseas. This is the first time we are selling tickets on the Web and people will have to pay a little bit extra,' said Beth Coalter, secretary to the Hong Kong Sevens organising committee. It is believed that a $750 adult ticket will cost around $800 if purchased through the Internet. Official mechandise will also be sold on the Web site. Union officials revealed that around 7,000 tickets will be made available for this service. 'We will ensure that the allocation to local fans and clubs is not affected,' said Payne. Tickets will also be sold at the Exchange Square Podium on the third floor and at the Hong Kong Stadium box office every weekend after February 15. Hong Kong Sevens Lineup Arabian Gulf, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, England, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States, Wales, West Indies.