THE road to the 2016 Olympic Games starts this weekend at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia.
Here is where national coach Alivereti Dere will test his new selection process of roping in players from the Digicel Cup.
Dere and his assistan Timoci Wainiqolo have picked a team that has eight new faces to the IRB Sevens World Series, a decision that has not gone well with some followers back home.
Team manager Tevita Waqairawai said the selection had also drawn a lot of interest from the teams on the series who were waiting to see the outcome.
"People have been critical of the selection of the team. One thing many are not aware of is how Dere has structured his selection for this game right until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio," Waqairawai said.
"He has put in place a pathway and the way he is setting it up is by selecting players that have played at provincial level. What happened in the past is that players were coming through the sevens circuit and once they hit the series they then go into the provincial teams.
"Dere has turned that around and taken players from the highest provincial level competition. Players that exhibit the skills for sevens are taken.
"That is the surprise this time around and people tend to think that these players have not had enough game time of sevens. But the level of their fitness and ability having played at provincial level is something that has already been build and that is where Dere and Wainiqolo have come up and try and blend them into the sevens.
"I think the other teams are also looking at our selection process and what sort of quality these players will give especially with eight new faces."
Waqairawai said there was a lot of expectation on the team from fans and critics to perform well.
"The good thing is that they are young and most for of them it's easy to mould them into this environment.
"We've not had any problem and we've blended on and off the field. There are hardly any injuries."
Just how far this selection process may go depends on the result on Sunday night.