FIJI will be looking to defend the Gold Coast Sevens title they won in 2011 when the first of nine rounds on the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series takes place this weekend.
Of the 12 players to have been a part of the triumphant squad in Australia last year only one returns, whilst eight of the current squad will be playing in their first World Series event.
Osea Kolinisau has returned from injury to bolster the squad with experience, and is looking ahead to the new season.
"At this moment I am really happy to be fit again and part of the Fiji Sevens squad," said Kolinisau on National Fiji day.
"The recovery has been good, I have been playing some 15s back home, and now I am looking forward to the new season, which will hopefully be injury free.
"We do have eight new players, but they are not new to rugby, just new to the Series. They are young but full of talent and I guess the fans will have to see that at the weekend."
In the Gold Coast Sevens first appearance as a tournament on the World Series last year, Fiji defeated New Zealand 26-12 in the final at Skilled Park.
The victory was their first of three Cup titles across the season, which saw them finish second overall behind Gordon Tietjens' side overall, and Kolinisau hopes his side can repeat the achievement this weekend.
"It was a great moment, and a good memory for me," added Kolinisau.
"We have the motivation to defend our title, we won it last year and we want to win it again this year. But it is always tough to defend a title you have won, and the likes of New Zealand and the other teams will be tough to beat.
"We want to be as close to the top of the standings as possible."
Fiji are joined in Pool B by hosts Australia, Scotland and Pacific neighbours Tonga.