MATT Hawkins is familiar with sevens rugby and Fiji.
He is a good friend of Waisale Serevi and played at the Coral Coast Sevens last year.
The coach/player of the USA side brings with him a talented bunch of players for the Fiji Water Centenary Tournament in Suva and Gold Coast Sevens, the first round of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.
The side includes the such as Carlin Isles, Zack Test, Nick Edwards, Jack Halalilo and Folau Niua, who all played at this year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in June.
There is also a return to the USA squad for Miles Craigwell, who has been training with the side, after winning the USA Rugby Men's Senior Club Sevens Championship and being named the MVP in the tournament.
Five players from last year's Gold Coast Sevens — Tai Enosa, Hawkins, Isles, Test and Brett Thompson — return for the opening round of the new season.
"We've always had a bunch of guys leave and go on to bigger and better things," Hawkins told UR 7s website.
"There are plenty of moving parts and that's just what the sevens world is. I think the guys we have here have grown a lot over the past year and some of the new guys joining us have brought a fresh energy, which is really great."
There will be three new faces in Hawkins' first squad, with Pat Blair, Ryan Matyas and Stephen Tomashin.
The Fiji Water Centennial International 7s kicks off on Friday with USA meeting Argentina in the first match at 9am. In the Oceania 7s pool, Cook Islands will play against Papua New Guinea at 9.44am.
Two winners will be crowned at the end of the tournament with one being the Oceania 7s winner and the other being the Fiji Water Centennial International 7s winner.
The two-day tournament will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.