Update: 12:12PM PAUL Treu has been watching how the Fijians have been changing players at every leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series and knows what to expect.
He has been tracking the Fijians from his South African base camp in Stellenbosch logging into The Fiji Times Online every morning to take notes on the players and catch up with news from the islands.
Since joining the team in 2000 and taking over as coach in 2004, the former schoolteacher and masters graduate in educational psychology has been reading about the Fijians, their culture, in fact almost everything about them.
"I just like what the Fijians are doing and The Fiji Times is a good source for me. That's how I get all the rugby updates from Fiji," said Treu, a 40-year old veteran whose influence on South African rugby resulted in the contracting of full-time sevens players in his country.
"This newspaper gives me what the environment is like in Fiji and what the people of Fiji are actually doing on a day-to-day basis. I played in Fiji when the tournament was played in Suva and, for me, the skills I have seen even from the Fijian girls are even better than some of our players in South Africa.
"I believe my boys need to be exposed to the Fijian culture to know and understand Fijians better. We have a lot of respect for Fiji as a country and for Fiji as a 7s playing nation.
"We have learnt so much from the Fijians. Of course, thanks to The Fiji Times Online for the latest developments," he said.
On the new caps in the Fiji team, Treu said they had read a lot about them in The Fiji Times and looked forward to watching them play.