THE Fijiana team arrived into the country in celebration mood after qualifying for the Moscow World Cup Sevens.
But the daunting task of fighting to retain their spots in the team to Moscow was cast upon the bunch of history-makers who know they will have to fight just as hard to go to the World Cup.
The players vowed to work hard to keep their positions in the team that will represent Fiji.
Prop Mereoni Yabakidrau, one of the seniors of the team said they had done the hard work to qualify to Moscow.
And they would have to work extra hard to retain their positions in the side.
"After qualifying for the World Cup, a lot of players would want to play for Fiji in Moscow," she said.
"We would have to make sure that we maintain our fitness and our spots in the national side."
Yabakidrau said she would hang her boots after the World Cup.
"I'm going to make sure I earn a spot in the team for the World Cup and after that I'm retiring from rugby."
"All of us in this squad would want to go to Moscow as we were the ones who paved the way there."
When departing for Fiji from Pune on Monday night, the girls said they could not wait to get back home with their trophy.
Flyhalf Rusila Tamoe, one of the seniors of the side, said they proved many people wrong.
"Our coming to India was not easy. We had a lot of hardships and people talked about us," she said.
"We made up our mind that we would win this championship to show that we deserved to represent our country."
"We are happy that we had completed our mission successfully."
The Ana Roqica-led side proved too tough to handle among their rivals from the Asian region.
They were the furthest travelling team, but despite the jet lag they played their hearts out in a bid to secure a spot to Moscow.
They were unbeaten in the two-day championship and scored the highest points.
With China being the defending champion, it was indeed the team to beat during the finals.
Fiji opened the score board with the lone try to debutant Asinate Savu and led 5-0 at the breather.
Rusila Nagasau scored another try in the second half and the win was sealed by Lavenia Tinai.
It was the first time for any team from outside ARFU to win the title.
Fiji entered the competition as a wild card entry by the International Rugby Board.
"I am honoured to lead this team and to win this title and also going to the Rugby World Cup," said Roqica.
Prop Sainimere Naleweniikataga, who doctors from India recommended should not play for three to four weeks due to shoulder dislocation, played in the quarter-finals, semis and finals.
Though she admitted she was not on her best game but was happy that she would return home capped.
"I'm not here on vacation, I came to play."
Coach Elenoa Kunatuba said they were aiming for the win and nothing less.
"We thank God for the win, we achieved this and from now on the hard work begins."
From Pune, the side travelled for three hours by bus to Mumbai where they caught their flight to Seoul in Korea bound for Fiji.