THE Digicel Fiji 7s team was chief guest at the Fiji Day celebrations in Gold Coast, Australia ,on Wednesday night.
The team was first hosted by the Fijian Community Association at the Croation Sports Centre in Nerang.
There, former Fiji residents and friends met the players and then tucked in for a Fijian feast.
Gospel musician Sekove Raikoro was on hand to play a few numbers with a few island dances also staged.
After dinner, the team was quickly whisked away to Fiji Pacific Club where more former Fiji residents, including Kenneth Zinck and businessmen with interests in Fiji, greeted the team with a Pacific night theme. A Captain Jack Sparrow look-a-like was the host for the night.
There, the players and guests watched dance groups from Rabi, Samoa, New Zealand, the Cook Islands before a Fijian Dance Group meke foretold the Fiji team's challenges and triumph at the Gold Coast 7s this weekend.
"The event was done to celebrate Fiji Day and we were fortunate to have the Fiji team with us," Fiji Pacific Club chairman Arthur Vulakece.
"The event was planned months before that we were going to showcase Fiji to the Gold Coast," Vulakece said.
"We knew that the team would be in the Gold Coast at this time and we decided that would invite them for dinner.
"The Fijian community will be at Skilled Park this weekend to cheer on our gladiators."