Vasil Katsdze has a long memory. On the Georgia captain's mind are old battles as well as new ones. Old battles like the times they fronted up against arch foes Russia, or new ones like when they meet England. As they did at the 15-a-side World Cup last year and as they will at the Hong Kong Sevens tomorrow. Georgia, the new team at this year's tournament, have been drawn against defending champions England, Scotland and China in the preliminary round. Katsadze is eagerly looking forward to the game against the English. 'Anything can happen in sevens rugby. We have beaten them before, back in 2001, and I don't rule out us doing it again,' says Katsadze, a winger in the 15s code who plays hooker in sevens. Katsadze is one of five players in the squad who started in the World Cup match against England last October in Australia. He captained the team. The others are flankers Gregor Labadze and Gregoire Yashvili, scrumhalf Irakli Abusseridze and centre Irakli Giorgadze. 'Most of our players turn out for both 15s and sevens. We don't have huge numbers playing rugby. There are nine clubs in Georgia and maybe around 600 players in all,' revealed the 27-year-old captain. England trounced Georgia 84-6 in their first outing in Perth at the World Cup. That was Georgia's worst defeat in their history. Katsadze had the unenviable task of marking Jason Robinson, who played on the right wing. Katsadze remembers that loss all too well, although he does not dwell on it. He would rather talk about the better times, like when they beat Russia to qualify for the World Cup. 'When we play Russia, it is like a big war,' he grins. 'They are our main rivals.' Not surprising, considering the history of Georgia. Despite being part of the old USSR, Georgia founded their own rugby union in 1964 and in 1968 gained recognition from the International Rugby Board as an independent union. Whenever they meet Russia, all the years of suppression under the old Soviet regime comes to the fore. 'We like beating Russia at rugby. It is the big game for us,' said Katsadze. 'Two weeks ago we beat Russia again in our 'Six Nations' tournament. But sadly we lost three players to injuries they picked up in that game.' Georgia, Russia, Romania, Portugal, Spain and the Czech Republic play in their own Six Nations tournament every year. Nicknamed the Lelos, Georgia use this tournament as their main exposure to world rugby. So when they were invited to Hong Kong, they jumped at the opportunity. 'We are very grateful to the organisers for giving us the chance to play here. This year we have been invited. Hopefully, next year we will be back in our own right,' says Katsadze. He is talking about when Hong Kong hosts the Rugby World Cup Sevens, where teams have to qualify. Katsadze is confident Georgia will return. But for the moment, he and the rest of his teammates are out to savour the wonders of Hong Kong. 'This is our first visit to Hong Kong. I hope I can get the chance to see the city,' says Katsadze. But his main objective is to show Hong Kong what the Lelos can do at sevens.