The Fijiana have been in top form ever since the Olympics last year, however the Oceania 7s will be the last testing ground for the Fijiana 7s players to impress the coaching team for a spot in the Commonwealth Games squad.
The national side leaves for Auckland, New Zealand today for a three-day tournament which features Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
Long-time captain, Rusila Nagasau, gave some insight into the mood in the Fijiana camp, saying; “For us the competition right now is very high, everybody wants to go for the Commonwealth. There’s only 16 that’s going to go, so going into Oceania right now everybody is fighting for that spot, especially in the team and nobody right now is ready for the Commonwealth Games but everybody is going in to put their hands up for selection to the Commonwealth Games.”
Both the Fijiana and New Zealand Black Ferns are fielding 2 teams each for the competition due to PNG’s sudden withdrawal.
The Oceania 7s will be a mixed tournament,featuring both men and women’s teams.
The tournament will kick off on Friday in Navigation Homes Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.