Powerhouse No 8 Pale Tauti will win his first cap for Hong Kong after being named in a 26-strong squad for their European tour next month. The squad comprises a good mix of newly qualified players and young talent emerging from the development ranks. DeA Tigers' Tauti, who has been in Hong Kong for three years and now qualifies under International Rugby Board eligibility rules, will be a huge addition to the back row and is one of four players becoming available. The others are Valley centre Lee Jones and fullback Ross Armour, and Hong Kong Football Club lock forward Oliver Jones. Coach Dai Rees was excited at the prospect of fielding a number of up-and-coming front-rowers against Germany, Norway and Holland. 'We have a number of players who have come through the Step (Hong Kong A) team - people like Alvin Chik, Phil Leung and Hong Pak-to, who are all front-rowers, as well as hooker Carl Rojans, who has played for the under-20 squad,' said Rees, who hopes to address Hong Kong's shortcomings in this department. 'I'm pleased to see that we are now starting to produce players.' The question remains whether they will be able to stand up to the rigours of a tour in the dead of winter and in alien conditions. But throwing them in the deep end is the purpose behind this tour, which is seen as a build-up to next season's HSBC Asian Five Nations. Only two players from the silver medal-winning team at the Asian Games have been included - winger Salom Yiu Kam-shing and utility forward Anthony Haynes. Mark Wright and Rowan Varty have returned to Japan, while Keith Robertson will undergo knee surgery. 'We are also missing fireman Kwok Ka-chun and policeman Tsang Hing-hung as they couldn't get time off work, having already given so much to the sevens campaign,' Rees said. Hong Kong will leave on Thursday week and play three internationals - against Germany on December 11, Norway on December 15 and Holland on December 18. Hong Kong: Alvin Chik Man-hon, Alex Harris, Carl Rojens, Andy Li, Phil Leung, Alen Ng Wai-shing, Hong Pak-to, Oliver Jones, Charles French, Renaud Chavanis, Matthew Nuttall, Nick Hewson, Mark Goosen, Rory Hussey, Pale Tauti, Tim Alexander, Kenneth Hsieh, Niall Rowark, Anthony Haynes, Lee Jones, Salom Yiu Kam-shing, Simon Smith, Adam Raby, Matthew Price, Ross Armour, Tom McColl.