Home team lacking confidence and desire, says their former captain Stuart Krohn could have filled a streetcar with his desire. Apart from his prodigious playing talent, and cocky attitude, that all-encompassing will to win was probably the former Hong Kong captain's best quality and an asset he says the current team need today. 'You need the confidence to play at this level. That is the key ingredient to being successful on the pitch. I had a lot of desire to win, and I was always confident,' said Krohn as he watched Hong Kong lose to Japan and be relegated to the Bowl competition on Saturday. Krohn, aka Moose, was back in town for the World Cup as a special guest of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. Presently living in the United States, Krohn is an honorary life member of the union, one of half-a-dozen people given this honour last year. The of them were former players, the other being teammate Dave Lewis. You know Krohn is around because his presence fills the room. Opinionated and always unafraid to voice his views, the American, who played club rugby for Valley, was one of the best players to don the Hong Kong jersey. He played from 1990 to 1998, during which time he won more than 50 caps at XVs, and represented the SAR in most of the sevens tournaments (including the 1997 World Cup) they played in that period. 'When we were playing for Hong Kong, I remember all of us had such an intense desire to win. Of course the players who were around then also had the skills and the speed. I never had speed, but I had a lot of desire and passion,' said Krohn. A powerhouse number eight Krohn, 42, was the dominant force in the pack during what was probably the hey-day of Hong Kong rugby - when the then territory played in the Pac Rim competition alongside Canada, the United States and Japan. Hong Kong used to beat them too. 'We were fortunate to have good players in Hong Kong at the time. We had players like Isi Tu'ivai, Vaughan Going, Stephen Kidd, Rodney McIntosh [the Hong Kong sevens coach], among others. Everyone one of them was confident in their skills and it translated on to the pitch,' Krohn said. The class of 2005 finished the pool rounds without a win. When Krohn led Hong Kong in the World Cup at this ground back in 1997, the home team progressed all the way into the plate final before losing to a strong Tongan line-up 40-19. 'Of course it is extremely competitive these days. There is also a lot of pressure to perform. But at this level, it is vital that you have players who have the confidence to go out and give it a go. 'When I first went to the States to play and coach rugby, I remember the players at my club telling me 'We were always a good club but you brought to us the desire to win',' Krohn said. 'I treated each game with intense passion, whether it was just a club match or an international for Hong Kong. It didn't matter who I was playing, I always wanted to win.' Krohn left Hong Kong in 1998. He went to California where he played and coached Santa Monica when he was not teaching English literature to inner-city kids in Los Angeles. Two years ago, he married Japanese-American Kazuki. Last year he brought to an end his illustrious playing career when he dropped himself from the second row (older and slower, he had moved from the back row). 'That was the best move I did as a coach, dropping myself,' jokes Krohn. But make no doubt about it, always a team player, he would sacrifice himself if he felt it was for the good of the team. With his coaching improving through the years - two years ago he coached Southern California to the National Championship pennant - Krohn is now setting his sights even higher and looking at a stint in New Zealand or Australia. 'I want to learn more about coaching. My aim is to one day to become coach of the US national sevens team.' Krohn's return to Hong Kong is tinged with nostalgia. He bumps into old acquaintances at every corner as he makes his way to the HKRFU box on the halfway line. 'It is just great to return. Just being here and walking around and seeing old friends is just awesome. The community here is so tight. I was really privileged to play for Hong Kong,' adds Krohn, with more than a hint of longing as he watches the home team.