BENIAMINO Maravu is "doing well" with the Digicel Fiji 7s team preparing for the Pacific Mini Games to be held next month.
The reigning Coca-Cola Games blue-ribbon champion was roped into the national side for the event to be held from September 2 to 12 in Wallis and Futuna.
Fiji 7s interim coach Alifereti Dere said the Savusavu sprinter was adapting well to the 7s game.
He said they were holding scrimmaging sessions with local and overseas teams to help the newcomers with the transition.
Yesterday, the national side played a warm-up match against the New Caledonia team at the Uprising Beach Resort ground in Pacific Harbour.
"These warm-up matches give us an opportunity to try out the new ideas and techniques that we implement in the team," Dere said.
"It also helps the new players adapt to the game.
"For Maravu, he is coming up well with the fitness level and is trying to adapt to the game.
"He is doing well."
The 16-member Fiji 7s squad joined the camp on Tuesday minus skipper Levani Botia.
Dere said Botia was nursing an injury and had been excluded from the team.
He said the players in the Fiji 7s squad would not be released to play for their clubs in the domestic competition.
"We have other players nursing injuries and we are hoping they get well before the Games.
"We cannot get a new player now so we will go with the ones we have in the 16-member squad."
Dere, who was part of the victorious Fiji 7s side in the 2003 South Pacific Games in Suva, is hoping to end his coaching career with the national side on a high note.
The former Fiji 7s skipper earlier told Times Sport he was not re-apply for the Fiji 7s head coach position which is vacant following the expiry of his contract last month.
Fiji 7s squad: Jasa Veremalua, Lepani Botia, Ledua Rarumuri, Sakiusa Gavidi, Emosi Mulevoro, Donasio Naturaga, Benito Masilevu, Apisai Domolailai, Jone Vota, Ratu Meli Kurusaru, Beniamino Maravu, Aisea Natoga, Mosese Varamusu, Mosese Saunivanua, Kelepi Namoua, Leo Naikasau