The Kowloon flyhalf is one of nine new caps named in a 28-strong squad as Hong Kong selectors look to blood fresh talent ahead of the 2013 HSBC Asian 5 Nations (HSBC A5N) Top Five competition, which is doubling as the penultimate phase of Asian qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2015.
One area of emphasis for the coaching team of HKRFU Head of Performance Dai Rees and Senior Coach Leigh Jones is the halfbacks combination with McAdam and Valley scrumhalf Kirk Munro given the opportunity to push themselves into contention in the four-nation Dubai tournament, which includes Belgium, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates.
"The Cup of Nations is all about developing our players against competition outside of Asia and it is going to be vital for us to get experience to stay in the Top Five in next year's A5N and ensure we are still on track for our goal of qualifying for the Rugby World Cup," said Dai Rees.
With this in mind, nine players from this season's successful sevens squad have made way for nine new faces, seven backs and two forwards - McAdam, Munro, Craig Wilson, Hone Patrick, Sebastien Alfonsi, Stewart Megaw, and Jonny Rees (all backs) and Matt Stockdale and Matt Lamming (both forwards).
The only three players from the sevens squad, which was crowned Asian champions in October, selected for Dubai are forward Nick Hewson and backs Salom Yiu and Tom McQueen.
"The selection of these three sevens players addresses a present lack of depth in the back row and back three," Rees said. "These guys will help bring along the new players in Dubai."
Hong Kong faces a packed calendar with crucial fixtures at both 15-a-side and sevens next season. The sevens squad has qualified to play in the London Sevens next May, the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, and will be looking at wining one of three core-team berths up for grabs. This will clash with the Asian Five Nations (15s) Top Five competition where Hong Kong's aim will be to remain in the elite group for 2014, when the Asian World Cup qualifiers are played.
"We want the new guys to put their hands up. Next season is going to be crucial for Hong Kong at both sevens and 15s and we hope to develop added depth in players," Rees added.
With three of the four participating teams ranked in the top 30 by the International Rugby Board, Rees is relishing the challenge ahead in Dubai. Belgium is the top-ranked international team at the Cup of Nations at number 23 overall, followed by Hong Kong in 28th spot and Zimbabwe at 30th overall.
IRB Head of Performance and Development Mark Egan said: "The Emirates Airline Cup of Nations is a wonderful opportunity for players from Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Belgium to showcase their talents and play against teams from other parts of the world. It is interesting to note how close the three visiting teams are on the IRB World Rankings so we should be in for some exciting matches."
Rees seemed to confirm the expectation for some close-run games saying, "We don't know much about our opposition which is exactly what we wanted from our end of season tour. We are familiar with the UAE having played them regularly in the HSBC A5N, but Belgium and Zimbabwe are unknown quantities.
"They are the respective champions at their various levels with Zimbabwe being the CAR (African federation) champions and Belgium the equivalent of Division I champions in Europe, so we believe they will both be tougher and more organized than last year's international teams in Dubai (Kenya and Brazil). We are definitely expecting a tougher time of it this year.
"Zimbabwe recently played a triangular in Namibia with the hosts and Spain so they will have had some quality opposition ahead of Dubai and that is going to be an advantage for them. Belgium has a lot of guys who play in the upper divisions in the French league so we suspect that they may be the strongest opponents in Dubai.
"For us it isn't just about defending our title. The Cup of Nations is all about developing our players against competition from outside of Asia and it is going to be vital for us to get some added experience to stay in the Top 5 in next year's A5N to ensure that we are still on track for qualification for the Rugby World Cup.
"We want to win of course and it would be great to defend our title, but our ultimate goal is not to win the tournament, but to develop our players. We are going to compete, but we will be prioritizing performance from the squad more than the results," concluded Rees.
Hong Kong squad for Cup of Nations 2012:
Forwards: Alex Baddeley, Alex Harris, Alex Ng, Charles French, Dan Watson, Ian Ridgway, Jack Bennett, Pale Tauti, Steve Nolan, Tom Bolland, Nick Hewson, Guy Payn, Matt Lamming, Matt Stockdale, Terence Montgomery. Backs: Mike Glancy, Yiu Kam Shing, Tom McQueen, Tom McColl, Sebastien Alfonsi, Hone Patrick, Charles Cheung, Chris McAdam, Craig Wilson, Jonny Rees, Kenneth Hsieh, Kirk Munro, Stewart Megaw.
Hong Kong Match Schedule:
Sat. 8 December: Hong Kong v Zimbabwe, (6.00pm local time)
Tues 11 December: Hong Kong v UAE (6.00pm local time)
Fri 14 December: Hong Kong v Belgium (6.00pm local time)