England favourites in pool E but Kenya and Tunisia 'can be beaten' Hong Kong set their sights last night on a big scalp or two after being handed a kind draw - against England, Kenya and Tunisia - in their pool games at the World Cup Sevens in March. While England - winners of the inaugural World Cup in 1993 - will be favourites to win pool E in the preliminary-round competition, African nations Kenya and Tunisia can be beaten, according to Hong Kong captain Andrew Chambers. 'If we catch them cold, they can definitely be beaten,' a delighted Chambers said. 'Both these sides are strong and very capable and Kenya are a core team in the IRB Sevens. But I'm happy with the draw.' Hong Kong can optimistically even look at a Cup berth. The six pool winners plus the best two second-place finishers will advance to the Cup competition. 'I don't think there will be any easy games. But realistically, both Kenya and Tunisia are Plate contenders and we must fancy our chances against them,' Chambers said. Hong Kong have figured in every World Cup Sevens. The countdown to the March 5-7 tournament in Dubai began in earnest yesterday when the International Rugby Board held the draw for both the men's and the inaugural women's World Cups at the Atlantis Hotel. The draw was carried out by IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Chambers was also happy Hong Kong had missed out on being drawn against traditional sevens giants like New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa - who are the top three seeds in that order - believing there was a remote chance against England. 'To beat any of the core IRB sides will be difficult and the seedings doesn't really represent how England have performed so far in the IRB Series. They are bound to have a few top players who don't play regularly on the sevens circuit and will be a tough side to beat,' Chambers said. 'But England are a lot more structured side and I believe we have a better chance against them than against New Zealand or the Pacific Islanders. It's really nice to miss Fiji.' Coach Rodney McIntosh also said he was 'quite happy' at drawing England, adding they had 'nothing to lose'. 'I will be talking to the guys at training and my message is going to be that we have nothing to lose. 'It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and our message is going to be just 'have a go' and not worry about reputations, but just go out and enjoy the experience. The guys are already quite excited and we have been focusing on the World Cup Sevens since the summer so it is great it is nearly upon us.' Reigning World Cup champions Fiji will come up against France, the United States and Georgia, while South Africa, the IRB Sevens Series leaders, will met Scotland, Canada and Japan, who along with Hong Kong qualified as Asia's representatives. The other Asian side in the 24-team men's tournament are the Arabian Gulf, who gained automatic entry as hosts. They were drawn with 2001 champions New Zealand, Tonga and Italy. In the 16-team women's competition, China were drawn against Australia, the Netherlands and France. The Chinese women will be making history as they are the first rugby team from the mainland to make it through to a World Cup. Hong Kong failed to qualify. The other Asian teams in the women's event are Japan and Thailand. The Hong Kong squad will leave tomorrow for the Hottest Sevens tournament in Darwin this weekend. They will also play at the Marist Sevens in Wellington early next month.