ALTHOUGH the Tonga Aoniu Barbarians will not feature in the Fiji Water Centennial 7s next week, fans can watch the side at the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast 7s.
Coach Eddie Waqa said they were aiming to go a step further from last year and wanted to qualify into the semi-finals of the i-wau (cup) competition.
"The team will be made up of some new players that we want to introduce into international sevens plus some experienced players who have been in the Tongan team this year," she said.
"Fijian Josateki Veikune is expected to lead the side after having just returned to Tonga after a stint in New Zealand."
Last year, the men in red swept through the pool stage defeating Pacific Warriors, Warwick and Davetalevu.
They eventually lost to finalists Police 7-12 in the quarter-finals.
One of the highlights for the Tongan national team was securing the bronze medal at the recent Pacific Mini Games after it beat Papua New Guinea 19-12.
The win not only gave them a medal but ensured the team qualified for the Wellington Sevens this year.
The Coaral Coast 7s tournament is sponsored by Bayleys Real Estate (Fiji), Goodman Fielder Fiji, Total Fiji Ltd, Fiji Airways, Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa, Naviti Resort, Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa, Coastal Rental Cars, Nivea Men, Tappoo Group of Companies, Fiji Chemicals Diversey, Serevi Rugby and Sigatoka River Safari.
Eight teams will qualify from the Coastal Great Eight Sevens being held at Lawaqa Park from November 1 to 2. This will ensure that the best teams will contest the $60,000 prize pool at the Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park from November 14 to 16.