THE Fiji Rugby Union sees the Fiji Water Centennial International Sevens as a stepping stone to us making a breakthrough as hosts in the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.
FRU chairman Filimome Waqabaca said while slots for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 IRB Sevens World Series had been taken up, this would be our chance to impress for the 2016/2017 series.
That's the big year, the year of the Olympics and the FRU is doing everything it can to try and play host to one leg in the series that season.
Fiji's one and only leg of the IRB Sevens was in the first season, the 1999-2000 campaign when Fiji, led by Waisale Serevi, lost to New Zealand in the cup final.
That was a week after we had demolished the Eric Rush-led Kiwis on their home turf during the Wellington Sevens.
Over the next two days, IRB's eyes will be on the Fiji Water Centennial International Sevens to see if we are capable of getting back into the top flight as hosts.
"This tournament is sanctioned by the IRB," FRU chairman Filimone Waqabaca said. "We hope to host an IRB tournament in the future and this is the stepping stone to it."
Fiji Water's support had been timely and FRU director and chairman of the marketing sub-committee Billy Singh said they acknowledged their backing.
"On behalf of FRU, we want to thank Fiji Water for sponsoring this tournament," he said.
"This tournament will allow international teams to play on our home soil."
The Fiji Water Centennial International 7s draws see the inclusion of two top local sevens teams, Westfield Barbarians and Wardens who have been invited to play in the two-day tournament.
The FRU said the two teams were chosen based on their achievements in the local 7s tournaments this year.
The tournament starts today at 9am.
Two winners will be crowned at the end of the tournament at the ANZ Stadium with one being the Oceania 7s winner and the other being the Fiji Water Centennial International 7s winner.