THE chance to get closer to New Zealand on the 2012/13 HSBC International Rugby Board Sevens World Series points standing and remain in the hunt for the Series title is enough motivation for the Digicel Fiji 7s team at the Japan 7s in Tokyo.
Team manager Semi Rogoyawa said their second place in the Series following the Hong Kong 7s win last weekend was a big boost for the players as they hunt for a rare back to back tournament win this weekend.
New Zealand leads the points table on 113 points followed by Fiji on 88 and Samoa on 84.
"The players know a win here (Japan 7s) will push us closer to New Zealand and that's what has been motivating them," Rogoyawa said.
Fiji will be up against South Africa in its opening pool match at 1.44pm today before taking on Spain at 5.51pm and Portugal at 9.19pm.
Coach Alifereti Dere has named rookie Emosi Mulevoro at playmaker's role for the match against Paul Treu's men following Ilai Tinai's five match ban for a spear tackle on Lee Williams in the Hong Kong 7s final.
South Africa, which finished in the bowl last weekend, has been boosted by the inclusion of star playmaker Cecil Africa.
Dere said Mulevoro, who did well coming off the bench in Hong Kong, would be assisted by the on song Osea Kolinisau.
Fiji 7s starting line-up against South Africa: Nemani Nagusa, Jasa Veremalua, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Sakiusa Gavidi, Emosi Mulevoro, Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri