Francois Trinh-Duc is not the least bit fazed that France's rugby World Cup hopes next year in New Zealand lie in his hands. With Vietnamese blood coursing through his veins, the French-born fly half is looking forward to the challenge of providing a little bit of Asian spice to traditional Gallic flair. 'I like to take responsibility but I play for pleasure,' said the laid-back Trinh-Duc (pictured) who conducted a community youth coaching clinic at King's Park yesterday. 'I manage to replace stress by an overwhelming desire to play and represent my country.' The 23-year-old pivot, the first Asian to represent France at the highest level, is on an Asian swing spending two days in Hong Kong and also Cambodia and Laos - places he has never visited before - trying to spread the word that anything is possible for people of any background in sport. 'It is an honour being the first Asian to play for France, and especially to have gained that recognition in Asia. But I don't think and dwell too much on it,' Trinh-Duc said. 'I don't think that because I'm Asian I have to prove myself. But as a top athlete, you have to call yourself into question every time you go out on the pitch.' Trinh-Duc, whose paternal grandfather migrated to France during the first Indochina war, is a product of French club Montpellier's youth system. 'I started playing when I was just four, following in the footsteps of my elder brother.' He plays fly half or outside centre for Montpellier in the French Top 14 competition, and won his first international cap for France in 2008 against Scotland. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union is hoping his visit will inspire Chinese children to take up the sport and follow in his footsteps. More than 150 children from the mini and youth sections, including those from the union's Operation Breakthrough programme were involved yesterday. 'The idea is to bring rugby stars with Asian heritage to the region to raise the profile of the game and act as role models for the community,' said Robbie McRobbie, HKRFU managing director for clubs and community. 'Last year Standard Chartered, the HKRFU community rugby sponsor, helped us bring the two Hong Kong-born Scottish internationals Graeme Morrison and John Barclay back. This time the bank supported Francois' visit,' McRobbie said. 'I am delighted to be here in Asia,' Trnih-Duc said. 'I've never been to these three places before and I'm looking forward to meeting members of the French community and rugby players, and also visiting some really great charity projects.' The country of his roots - Vietnam - is not a stopover. Organisers have left it for next time as they feel local development in Cambodia and Laos is a bit more advanced and will therefore gain more benefit from Trinh-Duc's presence. McRobbie said: 'In each country the French community will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Francois,' McRobbie said. 'Secondly the three unions have arranged for Francois to engage with the local rugby community through coaching sessions.' Trinh-Duc is the French fly half flavour of the moment, warding off challenges from other heavyweights like Frederic Michalak, Lionel Beauxis and David Skrela. Since coach Marc Lievremont took charge two years ago, he has tried at least half a dozen players in this crucial position. Before his period, France went through 11 fly halves in eight years. So Trinh-Duc could be forgiven for thinking the sword is always hanging perilously over his head. But the gifted Trinh-Duc is unworried. He has the job now, and is increasingly looking as the person France will depend on to guide them in the World Cup. He cemented his case by leading France to a grand slam victory in the Six Nations in March. 'That is my best moment in rugby so far. My worst was losing against New Zealand in Marseille last November.' Last weekend's 41-13 hiding at the hands of Argentina in a one-off test in Buenos Aires must also rate as a close second. The Pumas achieved their highest score and biggest margin against France, which completed a disastrous two-test tour of the southern hemisphere, including a worst-ever loss to South Africa - a 42-17 mauling. Trinh-Duc remains upbeat and sees these results as mere blips. But he acknowledges the fight for his position will be intense. 'There is no secure position in the French team. The competition is tough and you always have to prove you deserve a place in the team.' A player with quick hands and superb vision, Trinh-Duc seems to have brought flair back into the French game, perhaps with a dash of Asian adventure? 'The most important message I try to pass on to people, especially Asians, is that we are lucky to be part of the rugby world with all the values it brings. Being an Asian, it wasn't harder or easier growing up learning the game. 'Rugby has given me a lot. It is a great way to meet people. The only advice I can give is to go out there, give your best and enjoy yourself.'