The hunt is on for more 'muscle' to boost Hong Kong's ball-winning capacity for October's crucial Rugby World Cup Sevens qualifiers according to sevens coach Rodney McIntosh. If last weekend's Hong Kong Sevens proved anything to McIntosh, it was the dire need for a couple of big specialist forwards who could win possession primarily at the re-starts - a department in which Hong Kong struggled, especially when up against more physical teams like Australia, Tonga and Zimbabwe. 'We need more muscle. I need bigger forwards in the team,' said McIntosh, reviewing Hong Kong's performance. 'Looking at the Asian opposition we will face in the World Cup qualifiers, it will not be easy and we will need specialist forwards to be competitive.' McIntosh's problems have been exacerbated with Kris Marin, one of two specialist forwards in the Hong Kong team last weekend, announcing his retirement from sevens. The other, Tom McQueen, is young and still on a learning curve leaving the department quite bare. Hong Kong's ploy to use part-time forwards failed to paper over the cracks, and at the crunch they were found wanting, struggling to win primary possession in the re-starts. 'I'm looking at bringing on guys like Semi Iafeta [Hong Kong 15s captain]. Just imagine throwing Semi on for four minutes on the field to make a big impact,' McIntosh said. Others who McIntosh is interested in the forward role are Nick Hurrell, Johnny Gbenda-Charles, and even Valley winger Andrew Wong Kee or Nick Hewson if the latter is eligible. While disappointed with losing narrowly to Australia and drawing with France in pool play, and then losing to Zimbabwe in the Bowl semi-final, McIntosh was pleased at the progress the team had made - especially the 19-14 win over Japan in the quarter-finals. 'Beating Japan will give the guys a huge psychological boost. Last year in Sri Lanka, we defeated South Korea and China to win that tournament. It did a great deal for the mindset of the guys. They now know that they can beat all these Asian teams,' McIntosh pointed out. 'There is quite more mileage in this team. They will only get better. But we cannot take anything for granted as the rest of the competition will also improve,' McIntosh said. Hong Kong will host the 12-team Asian qualifiers for next year's World Cup Sevens on October 4-5. McIntosh said Japan, South Korea and China will be the biggest threats to win the two tickets to Dubai. 'Japan will most certainly revamp their side after losing to us and will be a bigger threat while China did really well to defeat Scotland, and they did this without their main flyer. Korea are always quality,' he said. McIntosh added: 'Taiwan under [Waisale] Serevi will be one to look out for and Sri Lanka on their day can be a danger. It is not going to be easy come October.' McIntosh will begin his campaign once the Asian Five Nations is over. A number of sevens players also represent the 15-a-side team. 'We will give the guys a six-week break after the Asian Five Nations ends in May. 'I will begin a summer training programme in mid-July followed by inviting either Taiwan or Thailand for a two-day trial in early August. 'We will then pick two squads, one to take part in the Denmark Sevens on August 9-10, and the other to play in the Jonah Jones Sevens in Malaysia a week later,' outlined McIntosh. But the key to the build-up will be the Sri Lanka Sevens in early September as it will serve as a seeding tournament for the World Cup qualifiers. 'This will be the crucial test for us. We will go there intent on defending our title,' added McIntosh.