NATIONAL sevens coach Alifereti Dere has retained the same line-up he used for the first match of the Glasgow Sevens in Scotland last weekend for the London Sevens tournament this weekend.
He has named captain Setefano Cakau to once again lead out the team against Spain in the first match of the tournament at 9.30 tonight (Fiji time).
Also in the forwards are Jimilai Naikadawa and Waisea Nayacalevu while Joji Ragamate, Metuisela Talebula, Isake Katonibau and Joeli Lutumailagi make up the backline.
Ilai Tinai, Timoci Vakadranu, Levani Botia, Sikeli Vuruna, Niko Verekauta are on the bench. Fiji is second on the HSBC Seven World Series table with 139 points with only the London Sevens tournament remaining in the 2011/2012 season.
The Digicel sponsored side faces an uphill battle as they attempt to win their second World Series with very little chances as New Zealand with 150 points only need a win in the Cup quarter-finals to hand them a 10th Series title in 13 years. Cakau said the odds may be stacked against them but they want to end the series on a high note.
"We didn't do as well as we had hoped in Glasgow, but we are looking ahead to this weekend," Cakau told irb.com.
"New Zealand are on top but we want to end the Series with a good result and still have a small chance to win the Series," he said. "We have been working on that (being ready if New Zealand slip up) and we hope to achieve what we are aiming for - ending the season well with a better result."
He said the series was so close yet so far but acknowledged that finishing second overall would also be a successful representation of their efforts throughout the season.
"For us it has been a good year since we started in Australia.
"It is not going to be disappointing (to finish second). For the last couple of years we have been around the fifth position so it is good to have been in the top two across the season.
"To be the top two is a great achievement for me. We have been aiming all season for top two and we hope to end the Series in the top two. We had a good start from the beginning and we will use that to hopefully end with a good result," Cakau said.
Team manager Semi Rogoyawa told the Fiji Rugby Union website that the team was presented their jerseys last night by the first secretary, Solo Mara, at the Fiji Embassy in London.
He also said the team had prepared well and was looking forward to the tournament.
"The team is injury free and we are all looking forward to the last tournament of the 2011/2012 HSBC IRB 7s Series," Rogoyawa said.
Fiji other pool games are against Zimbabwe and Wales at 12.36 and 5.22 respectively (Fiji time) tomorrow morning.