THE hopes of the nation rests on the shoulders of our national Digicel 7s gladiators as they leave our shores this morning to take on the world's best at the second leg of the International Rugby World Sevens Series in Dubai next weekend.
With the benchmark set at the recent Gold Coast tournament, the side is challenged to deliver the goods for their fans athome and abroad.
Despite being laced with seven new players, captain Setefano Cakau assured the nation that the team had what it took to win the hearts of their fans.
The Namosi native has a mammoth task in leading a new bunch on unknown players but he is optimistic his players know what is expected of them.
Cakau said he had played at Dubai on four occasions but returned empty handed which was the reason he wanted to make trip a special one.
"The boys are ready for the mammoth tasks at hand and we are aware of what is required of us," he said.
"We had set our target and we will do all it takes to fulfill our goal.
"We may have new players but these boys are not new to rugby and they will be out to prove the nation their worth in this team."
He said the boys had prepared well for the rugby battle.
Cakau called on the nation to support the players and remember them in their prayers.
"We need the backing of our fans, friends and family members as we prepare for another rugby battle."
"All teams will be gunning to beat Fiji after the Gold Coast win and we will treat all games as the final."
Apart from the skipper, star playmaker Joji Ragamate, Levani Botia, Ilai Tinai and Isikeli Vuruna are the other experienced players who have played for Fiji.
Making their debut on the international stage are Levani Veivuke, Inia Tukere, Gasaudua Tube, Vilitati Nadialobo, Peni Maka, Maleli Bula, John Stewart and Peni Vaciloa.
The side was hosted by Novotel Hotel, Nadi, last night.