LEVANI Botia is taking in everything he can learn as being captain of the Digicel Fiji 7s side.
A role not new to him, he takes it as a challenge — like most tasks given to him — and hopes to come out with favourable results come Sunday.
Botia is one of four players that remain in the team from last year that finished second on the IRB Sevens World Series. The 23-year-old from Naivucini Village in Naitasiri will have his hands full in trying to keep eight new players in line.
"I was really happy when given this position. It's not an easy task but I am doing my best to lead the team," Botia said, who also captains the Wardens team.
"There are a lot of challenges associated with being captain and I know the players will help me when we run out onto the field."
Placed in a tough pool with hosts Australia, Pacific neighbours Tonga and Scotland, Botia says all eyes will be fixed on them. But one team he is wary most about is Tonga.
"It's never easy coming into a tournament as defending champions because all the teams will be out to get you," Botia said.
"All the teams will be trying to disturb our game plan, especially Tonga who has now got former assistant coach Eddie Waqa. Australia will be out to defend their home ground and Scotland is no easy pickings."
While a lot of people have questioned the selection of the team, Botia said the players were ready for the task and all they needed was the support of everyone back home.
"We ask for your prayers and support. We cannot do our part if we do not have the support of everyone," Botia said.
"We may have a lot of new faces in the team, but we plead for your support. Lose or win, Fiji's name must always fly high."