WHILE the players are cut up over Hong Kong's mis-adventure in Kuala Lumpur last month, there are quite a few people in local rugby circles who are taking a ghoulish delight in the territory's failure to qualify for the World Cup. Over the past few days, I have met a lot of people who did not hide the fact that they were happy with Hong Kong's failure. Their whining philosophies are borne on the erroneous reasoning that the territory deserved to lose because it was fielding a side of 'imports'. Now that the tournament is over, it is time to reflect on this absurdity. How anyone can label Hong Kong a team of imports is beyond imagination. Of the 26 players who went to Kuala Lumpur, only five have been in the territory for less than a year - Rodney McIntosh, Stephen Kidd, Roger Patterson, Rick Shuttleworth and Neil Munn. The rest of the squad had been in Hong Kong for over a season, played in the domestic competitions and are part of the 'rugby scene'. Of the five players, who had to apply for special permission from the International Rugby Football Board to play in Malaysia (all fell under the old Asian qualifying standards of six month's residence, but since the ARFT was a World Cup qualifying tournament, the residency requirements were one year), three of them hold currently permanent jobs - Patterson, McIntosh and Munn. Shuttleworth is in town because his father is working here. Only Kidd - who is presently looking for a job - can truly be said to be here for rugby. A reason for which one must admire him. Most people come to Hong Kong for the money. You and I came here because the pastures were greener on this 'barren rock' than back at home. Most of us are mercenaries in that regard. It is money which is the motivating factor. So what is wrong when someone arrives to play rugby and then looks for a job? Have we all forgotten our sense of values? How can we start accusing people of wrongdoing if they come to Hong Kong to play sport? Isn't that a better reason for coming to Hong Kong than just money? If Hong Kong had really imported players, then the territory might as well have gone for the Bachops and the Brookes. Instead, these players have emigrated for Japan - where a few years of hard work will ensure their futures. The movement of players around the world today is fuelled by money. Some come here for that reason. Others come to play the game and then hope they can find a job. Is that wrong? In fact, hasn't Hong Kong's elite rugby in the past been built on 'overseas' players? I can't see what has changed now.