IT will be back to the basics for the Digicel Fiji sevens team as it begins its preparation for the third leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series to be held next month.
The 21-member national training squad marched into camp yesterday and assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo was impressed with the 100 per cent turnout.
While not revealing much, Wainiqolo said they would concentrate on the basics to get the players in the right frame of mind for the Wellington and Las Vegas 7s tournaments.
The former Fiji 7s player said they would get all the logistics sorted out first before turning to the field from today.
“We hope the perfect turnout sets a good platform to our preparation for the upcoming tournaments,” Wainiqolo said.
“We are awaiting the head coach (Alifereti Dere) who will join us tomorrow (today) to lead the early stage of preparation.”
Fiji, which is placed third with 44 points in the 2012/13 IRB 7s series, is in Pool D with Portugal, Australia and Scotland for the Wellington 7s to be held on February 1 and 2.
The national side needs to win in New Zealand to stand a chance to claim its second series after winning the 2005/06 IRB 7s title.
Meanwhile, Wainiqolo said they had not yet finalised who would lead the team to Wellington 7s.
Both Wainiqolo and Dere have applied for the visa and were awaiting the response from the New Zealand Immigration.
Fiji 7s 21-member squad: Jasa Veremalua, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Manueli Laqai, Lepani Botia, Peni Ravai, Jone Vota, Setefano Cakau, Nemani Nagusa, Mosese Saunivanua, Joji Ragamate, Viliame Navanua, Sakuisa Gavidi, Ilai Tinani, Emosi Mulevoro, Vucago Banitabua, Manasa Nayagi, Osea Kolinisau, Josua Tuiova, Eremasi Benito, Niko Verekauta, Samisoni Viriviri.