FITNESS of the players will be the deciding factor for the Fiji sevens team in the Dubai 7s tournament this weekend.
So says Lote Rasiga, the champion Red Rock team coach, who believes the players ability to remain consistent with their performance throughout the tournament will give the team its first win in 13 years.
Rasiga warned other teams would come better prepared after gauging their strengths and weaknesses in the opening 2012/13 HSBC Sevens Word Series tournament in Gold Coast, Australia.
"The fitness will be the key. There is no use if we have speed and combination in the team and the fitness of players isn't up to par," he said.
"All teams will come up with their strategies to stop Fiji after we won the Gold Coast 7s and it will be interesting to see how effective their plans will be.
"We have to put up a much better performance in Dubai in order to win this tournament. Dubai 7s tournament is very important for us if we want to win the series.
Rasiga also said the players needed to commit themselves fully and be ready to put their bodies on the line for the country.
He said representing the nation was a privilege all rugby players in the country dreamt of and those selected were carrying the hopes of the entire nation at the series.
"If these players gave 100 per cent in Gold Coast, they need to give 120 per cent at the Dubai 7s," Rasiga said.
"Commitment of the players is very vital because without it, it will be hard for the team to break the winless drought in Dubai."