SOME new players could force their way into the national sevens team for the remaining legs of the 2012/2013 HSBC Sevens World Series.
Initially, head coach Alifereti Dere and his assistant Timoci Wainiqolo named 30 players to undergo trials for the remaining legs of the series.
Since the departure of wing Alipate Raitini, the team management had to expand their list and with the assistance of nine new national selectors, the list has been further expanded.
In the second fitness test in Suva yesterday, new players like Red Rock captain Jasa Veremalua, Lomaiviti Babas winger Benito Eremasi and Suva flyhalf Emosi Mulevoro showed their capabilities to the coaches and selectors.
These players had proven their worth in the 2012 rugby competition but the results of their indoor fitness test will be revealed at the end of this week when the selectors name 21 players for the first camp.
Dere reiterated that spots in the national squad were not guaranteed and only the best would advance to the next level.
He said the fitness tests would give the selectors an indication of the strength and weaknesses of the players.
"The players in the old list were given strict instructions to follow to maintain their fitness and that will be shown in the results of the fitness tests," the former national sevens captain said.
"One of the selection criteria is fitness and if the current players don't meet the requirement and someone from outside has what we need then we will bring in the outside player," he said.
"So yes, no one's spot in the team is confirmed at the moment and the selection of players will depend on their fitness test results and the on the selectors."
Also trying to come back in the abbreviated code are former national reps Nemani Nagusa and Niko Verekauta.