Hong Kong will have a bruising battle on their hands next month when they take on some of the most physical sides in world sevens rugby. The draw for the 2002 Credit Suisse First Boston Hong Kong Sevens yesterday threw the SAR into a rough-and-tumble group alongside Samoa, the United States and Russia. And if this was not enough, the week before they will be up against Samoa, England and Canada in the Beijing Sevens which is also a leg of this year's IRB World Sevens Series. Facing the physical Samoans twice in a week will be a huge challenge for Hong Kong, not to mention the other heavyweight sides. And Hong Kong captain Chris Gordon admitted that it would not be an easy task. 'It will be a number of very physical games,' Gordon said. 'But as we don't really have speed on our side, it is probably not as bad as coming up against the lightning-fast sides.' Hong Kong won the Bowl competition last year and will be hoping to go one step better this time and progress into the Plate competition at the 24-team tournament from March 22-24. Gordon said: 'It is going to be hard entering the Plate. Samoa, as everyone knows, will be tough while both the US and Russia take sevens more seriously than sides from the Six Nations.' In the past Hong Kong have had their fair share of success against teams from the Home Unions. 'There won't be any easy games. When I used to play there was always one easy game. Now even the Asian sides are competitive,' Hong Kong sevens coach Craig Pain said. In another move that proves the IRB is calling the shots at the Hong Kong Sevens, Scotland were seeded in the top 12. The Scots, returning to action after missing out last year, have not lived up to expectations in recent tournaments. In 1999 they lost to Japan in the Plate final and, in 2000, Hong Kong finished above Scotland in the Plate competition. The IRB's involvement has also led to the reduction of Asian teams at the Hong Kong Sevens. 'We made our reccommendations to the IRB but it made the final decision on the seedings,' Peter Burbidge-King, tournament director, said. He would not comment on Scotland's seeding. Chief secretary Donald Tsang officiated at the draw which began with DeA player Andy Yuen leading a group of Chinese scholarship rugby players in a haka. The HKRFU gave Tsang two Hong Kong Sevens bow-ties. Hong Kong Sevens Draw Pool A: New Zealand, Scotland, Portugal, Sri Lanka. Pool B: South Africa, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan. Pool C: Samoa, USA, Russia, Hong Kong. Pool D: Australia, France, Korea, Morocco. Pool E: Fiji, Wales, China, Singapore. Pool F: Argentina, England, Japan, Thailand.