DIGICEL has praised the efforts of the Fiji 7s coaching staff to groom new players and fulfil their dreams of donning the national jersey in the 2012/2013 HSBC Sevens World Series.
The sponsors greeted the national side at the Nadi International Airport last Wednesday and provided the players with light breakfast.
Digicel regional manager west Jiu Daunivalu, in her welcome address, said although Fiji missed out on the title in Dubai and South Africa, the side had the potential to bounce back and win titles.
She said Fiji did this last year winning the Hong Kong and London tournaments.
"The second leg of the tournament saw some new teams coming up," Daunivalu said.
"This simply shows that the competition is getting tougher. As assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo mentioned this week, the HSBC series was a preview of what is expected at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia next year.
"The fact that the upcoming nations are defeating the favourite nations is an indication of how much the sport has developed over the years.
"Even though Fiji was placed in the pool of death in South Africa, they finished pool leaders defeating arch rivals and eventual winners New Zealand."
Daunivalu said the performance against New Zealand in pool play was "amazing".
"From the start to the end of the game it was evident that our boys were hungry for a win against the Kiwis," she said.
"I would like to acknowledge the tremendous job done by the coaches Alifereti Dere, Wainiqolo, the team management and the captain Setefano Cakau."