THE Samoa Barbarians will use the Uprising Fiji International 7s as a testing ground for the new players vying for a spot in the national side for the upcoming HSBC Wellington and Las Vegas 7s tournaments.
The Samoa Barbarians, coached by Faamaoni Lalomilo, have brought in a team mixed with youth and experience.
Veteran Lolo Lui will spearhead the Samoa Barbarians campaign.
Coach Lalomilo said the side had been training for some time.
He said the players did not have much break during the festive period.
"The preparations for the tournament have gone well and the boys are looking forward to Friday," Lalomilo said. "This tournament is very important to us as we are looking to take some of these new guys to Wellington and Las Vegas.
"So let's hope that they will lift their standard this weekend. We have been training for a month.
"We have left some of the old players back home and have brought the new players to cover for those who are recovering from injuries.
"We have six players who played on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit before. The other six are new who have been selected from the local clubs.
"We have participated in the Uprising 7s before and it is a high level competition. We would like to thank the organisers for inviting us again this year. For the fans our boys will be out to showcase their talents."
The Samoa Barbarians are in the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre Pool with Australian Thunderbolts, Lautoka Hurricanes and Samurai Barracudas.