West Island School student Anthony Haynes has forced his way into the 12-strong rugby sevens squad that will carry Hong Kong's best hopes of winning a first-ever medal in team sports. Haynes, part of an impressive Hong Kong team who reached the semi-finals at the Singapore Cricket Club Sevens this month, has been rewarded with a ticket to Doha. Haynes is normally a centre in the 15s game, but has been drafted in as a hooker. 'He has been part of the Hong Kong Under-19 set-up and we invited him to training where he has been pushing the established guys. And in Singapore he was very impressive,' said Rodney McIntosh, Hong Kong sevens coach. 'He is a very exciting young talent who has come through our youth system. He is a member of the rugby academy and a player who has a lot of promise,' added Ivan Torpey, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance. Alex Gibbs will again captain a side full of regulars, among them flying winger Keith Robertson, who scored 13 tries in five games in Singapore and was named player of the tournament. Hong Kong 15s players Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin, centre Mark Wright (who will play in the forwards), flanker Andy Yuen Kin-ho, fullback Tsang Hing-hung and scrumhalf Fan Shun-kei are also included. Rugby is one of 28 sports that Hong Kong will compete in at the 15th Asian Games, and it offers the best chance for a medal in a team event. But the draw has left Hong Kong with a mountain to climb as they are up against top seeds and defending gold medallists South Korea, along with Thailand. 'The draw has been unkind to us,' said Torpey. 'It is tough, for our first game in the two-day tournament will be against the Koreans. That will virtually be a medal match.' With only nine teams in the fray, the format doesn't offer any second chances. The teams are drawn into three pools, and the winners of each pool and the best second-placed finisher enter the medal reckoning. Hong Kong will have to beat both South Korea and Thailand if they are to be in contention. 'If we lose to Korea, then we have to score a lot of points against Thailand, and that will be tough compared to what the teams in the other groups face,' Torpey said. Japan, Taiwan and Qatar are in one pool, while Sri Lanka, China and India are in another. Both India and Qatar are the 'bunnies' of Asian rugby and sides like Taiwan and China are likely to run up big scores against them, making it difficult for Hong Kong to finish as the best second-placed finisher if they lose to South Korea. 'The cards have been dealt and we know what is ahead of us. We will go in positively and the players remain confident,' said Torpey. McIntosh added: 'There are no two ways about it, we have to beat South Korea. Every game will be a medal game for us.' The squad will leave on December 6. The sevens event will be played on December 10 and 11. Hong Kong squad: Li Chi-yung, Tsang Hing-hung, Mark Wright, Jeff Wong, Anthony Haynes, Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin, Alex Gibbs, Rowan Varty, Keith Robertson, Andy Yuen Kin-ho, Fan Shun-kei, Kenzo Pannell.