Anti-climax to domestic season as HK squad's Beijing camp takes priority Even the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, would have been disappointed with local rugby officials, who have gone and spoilt a tantalising climax to the First Division League by planning a training camp in Beijing for the SAR sevens squad this weekend. Placing international obligations before club commitments, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has arranged a three-day visit to Beijing for the 16-strong preliminary squad named yesterday. The squad, who will play a series of games against the Chinese national team, leave on Friday. This has resulted in title-contenders Hong Kong Football Club and Hong Kong Cricket Club being forced to re-schedule Saturday's crucial fixtures against Club Dragons and DeA Tigers respectively. Most of the players in the sevens squad are drawn from DeA Tigers (five players) and Football Club (four). HKCC currently lead the standings with 54 points and need to beat DeA Tigers handsomely - by scoring four or more tries so as to secure a bonus point - to defend their League title. Football Club have 53 points. They come up against second-stringers Club Dragons needing to post a huge score to boost their points for and against ratio in the event both HKCC and they finish equal on points. Both games were scheduled to kick-off around the same time. That's been changed now with the home-and-home encounter between the two Club outfits to be played on Thursday night (8pm kick-off), and the HKCC v DeA match tentatively arranged for next Monday night. 'There is no way we could have played our game on Saturday with five players missing,' said DeA Tigers player-coach Nigel Clarke. 'It is a shame we couldn't have a fitting climax to the season with both games played on the same day. But hopefully we will get some good support for us with the Club boys coming down to King's Park next Monday night.' A move to play this latter game on Thursday night too was turned down by HKCC, who would have preferred to play this Saturday. With the Grand Championship due to start the following Saturday, no more weekends are available before the Hong Kong Sevens. Meanwhile, nine players who played for Hong Kong in the successful campaign to qualify for the Asian Games in Doha, were included in the 16-strong squad preparing for the Hong Kong Sevens and the Singapore Sevens - both IRB events. The only player to miss out was three-quarter Chan Yiu-yu. 'The nucleus of this squad comprises players who took part in the Asian Games qualifiers. This is a good sign for the Asian Games in December,' said Ivan Torpey, HKRFU's Head of Performance. A dozen players are Asian Games qualified - the ones not being Nigel D'Acre, Andrew Chambers, Paul Morehu and Justin Gregory. Only 14 players will go to Beijing for the training camp as Mark Wright and Jeff Wong are unable to get time off their university studies. Rowan Varty, who missed the Asian Games qualifying event, will return this time. The selectors will cut this squad to the required 12 for the Hong Kong Sevens after the Grand Championship ends in mid-March. South Wales defeated Italy 22-5 in the final of the sevens competition at the World Firefighters' Games yesterday. A total of nine countries and regions took part. Hong Kong finished bottom of the list. 'It was creditable as they have been playing rugby for less than two months,' said the HKRFU's Robbie McRobbie. Hong Kong sevens squad: Michael Lo Kwok-wai (Causeway Bay), Fan Shun-kei (DeA Tigers), Tsang Hing-hung (DeA), Kwok Ka-chun (DeA), Andy Yuen Kin-ho (Valley), Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin (Club), Alex Gibbs (Club), Ben Ho Tsz-chun (DeA), Rowan Varty (University), Jeff Wong (University), Mark Wright (University), Kenzo Pannell (University), Nigel D'Acre (Club), Andrew Chambers (Club), Paul Morehu (HKCC), Justin Gregory (DeA).