AUSTRALIAN 7s coach Michael O'Connor says playing at the Uprising 7s will play a huge role in their Wellington campaign.
His Australian Thunderbolts team were bundled out of the Uprising cup quarter-finals but O'Connor was satisfied with the team's overall performance.
He said the competition in Fiji never failed to bring out the best from his players.
"Playing here is perfect timing for us to prepare and this is a very important tournament for us," said O'Connor.
"It's a quality tournament, we don't get this kind of competition back home with quality teams here in Fiji.
"We are very grateful and thankful to be here and certainly it will help us for the Wellington tournament."
O'Connor said his boys though failed to live up to his expectations but he was happy with the many lessons learnt.
"Our games here have been good we have improved as a team and that is the most significant thing. We just need team understanding and how we want play is the main thing.
"As a coach you never are 100 per cent happy with some of the weaknesses made but I have seen some improvement with some of our new players in the team."
He was also impressed with the organisation of the tournament and the Fijian crowd.
"The ground is fantastic and very knowledgeable crowd too.
"This is a good place to play sevens."
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