SELA Gutugutuwai says Fiji Rugby Union needs to select a Fijian coach to guide the national 7s team in the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series and beyond.
The FRU has started interviewing candidates who applied for the top job and is expected to finalise the post by next week.
The former Fiji 7s star Gutugutuwai says FRU needs to appoint a person who understands the Fijian players and the team's style of play.
The lanky forward who scored the winning try in the 1980 Hong Kong 7s final against the Scottish side, Co-Optimists, added Fiji still had what it takes to be a champion 7s nation in the near future.
"I still believe in Fijian coach. They understand the players very well and they know how to communicate with them," Gutugutuwai, who is now based in Sydney, Australia, said.
"Overseas coaches are good but they don't understand the Fijian players that well and it will take them some time to get to know this."
Gutugutuwai, who played for the national team from 1979 to 1985 and earned 12 Test caps with the Flying Fijians, also supported the free-flowing style of play prevalent during his playing days.
"I still believe we can play the free-flowing style although the game has changed over the years. We can still mix the traditional style with the modern 7s rugby," the Nakoronawa, Nakasaleka, Kadavu native said.
"But the onus is on the players, coaches and all others part of the team. They need to play their role properly.
"Despite Fiji 7s losing lately, I believe the team can bounce back and regain the status it once held."
Meanwhile 7s legend Santiago Gomez Cora has been appointed the new Argentina 7s head coach.