Youngster Rowan Varty's dreams of playing in the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens next March are still alive after he was named in the 17-man Hong Kong squad. Varty (pictured) received the good news before leaving for Kunming, China, where he is playing in the Under-19 Asian Championships. The 18-year-old winger, who is in his first year at the University of Nottingham, impressed Hong Kong head coach Ivan Torpey, fellow coaches Rodney McIntosh and Dallas Seymour as well as other selectors in a series of trials at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday. 'Rowan has impressed me since I first arrived here,' Torpey said last night. 'He's an athlete and one of the most promising players assessed by the Sports Institute. He's the fastest player over 40 metres in the squad. His application to training and his outlook on international rugby is first class.' Another player to impress on Saturday was Nigel d'Acre, who has been cleared by the International Rugby Board to play for Hong Kong again. Stalwart Paul Dingley was another notable inclusion. 'Paul showed that he has still got it,' said Torpey. The 17-strong squad has a number of other newcomers, including Tom Cameron, Brett Forsyth, Paul Gaffney and Paul Morehu. Also making the grade was Andy Yuen Kin-ho, who was in the training squad last year but didn't make it to the biggest weekend on the Sevens calendar, and Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin, who has taken a break from his studies at the University of Newcastle. In 2001, Cheuk became the first Hong Kong Chinese player to score a try at the Hong Kong Sevens. Torpey said five players out injured - Kris Marin, Alex Zenovic, Anthony Boyd, Tim O'Connor and Justin Gregory, would still be given a chance to force their way into the squad once they were fit. And there will also be a place held open for 17-year-old development scrumhalf Keith Robertson. He is also in China with the under-19 team, who lost 23-9 to South Korea yesterday after beating Kazakhstan 8-0 on Monday. The players will take part in a tournament in Australia next month and a training camp in New Zealand in February before the final 12-man squad is named. SQUAD Tom Cameron, Andrew Chambers, Chan Fuk-ping, Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin, Nigel d'Acre, Paul Dingley, Brett Forsyth, Paul Gaffney, Alex Gibbs, Jason Going, Lee Cheuk-yin, Paul Morehu, Robert Naylor, Rowan Varty, Warren Warner, Andrew Wong Kee and Andy Yuen Kin-ho.