Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin will be hoping the fields of Newcastle haven't slowed his speed as he bids to catch the eye of the selectors - and former New Zealand sevens star Dallas Seymour - when the SAR's Rugby World Cup Sevens squad goes under the microscope at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday. While thousands of fans will line up outside the stadium for the only public sale of tickets for the March 18-20 tournament, Cheuk will be attempting to impress sevens coaches Seymour and Rodney McIntosh, head coach Ivan Torpey and the selectors during an eight-game competition featuring Taiwan, two sides from the Hong Kong squad and a Hong Kong Barbarians outfit. 'It will be tough. I know that it is going to be one of the most competitive trials ever,' said Cheuk (pictured) who has taken a break from his studies at the University of Newcastle to realise his dream of playing again for Hong Kong. Cheuk, a fleet-footed winger, played for Hong Kong at the last RWC Sevens in Argentina, the 2001 and 2002 Hong Kong Sevens and at the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea. He left Hong Kong soon after to do a degree in marketing management in the UK. He is back to try and win a berth. 'I have been playing for the University's first team for the past two seasons in the inter-varsity competition. It has been a good experience and I would think the standard is about the same as the local First Division. The only thing is that play is very forward-oriented and the conditions are totally different with the fields always muddy and very wet,' said Cheuk. 'I have switched to fullback and play less expansively. I hope I have not lost my speed,'' laughed Cheuk. Once rated as the second fastest player in Hong Kong - behind Football Club winger Matt Reede - Cheuk thrilled the fans when in 2001, while still a schoolboy, he became the first Hong Kong Chinese player to score a try at the Hong Kong Sevens. Now in his third year at University, Cheuk has assured the coaches that if he is selected, he will make himself available for the training camp in New Zealand over Chinese New Year. 'My parents are not too happy about all of this, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance of playing in a World Cup in Hong Kong in front of all your friends and people you know. While studies are hard, I know I can manage it and I want to give it a go,' added Cheuk. He is not the only aspiring student from overseas. Rowan Varty, who like Cheuk went to KGV and also has represented Hong Kong at sevens, has returned from Britain for this Saturday's selection trials. A preliminary 34-strong squad has been cut to 24. After Saturday's games, the selectors will prune this number down to 18.