THE Samurai Waimanu Barracudas is eager to restore lost glory at the 26th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s to be held at Prince Charles Park on March 1.
The star-studded team won the tournament in 2011 but missed out last year's tournament following the untimely death of one of its players.
And with the services of some former national 7s reps like Nasoni Roko, David Batiratu and former Flying Fijian Iliesa Keresoni the side is confident of reclaiming the title.
Mentor Sailosi Naiteqe Sr said the players knew what to expect and had been training hard.
Naiteqe said the side was also bolstered with the services of upcoming and talented Waimanu players.
The national 7s selector said the boys were all geared up for one of the top 7s tournaments in Fiji.
"We are aware that all top teams will be present at this year's Nawaka 7s and we are prepared for the battle," said Naiteqe.
"We missed out last year but we will be back to reclaim our title this year.
"The boys are in top shape and they will be out to prove their worth to the national selectors."
Naiteqe is also tipping former Flying Fijian fullback Keresoni to fill in the national 7s rover's position. "Keresoni has been playing well in the local 7s competition and he has been exposed to top international game which will make him a good substitute for the rover's position."
"It will be interesting to see him in action against the best players from other teams during the Nawaka 7s."
Tournament organiser Mataiasi Nabau said the tournament was gaining momentum and it would be a battle of the best players.