DIGICEL Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has named six players from last year's Gold Coast 7s winning team in his starting line-up to face Canada in their opening match at Skilled Park today.
Captain Osea Kolinisau, Manueli Laqai, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Samu Saqiwa, Ilai Tinai and Samisoni Viriviri are the surviving members from last year's winning team which was coached by Timoci Wainiqolo.
Westfield Barbarians halfback Waisea Nacuqu, who was a late replacement for injured Kelepi Namoua, completes Ryan's seven to face Canada at 1.58pm.
The Englishman, who will try to become the third successive national coach to win on the Gold Coast, expects 2013 Rugby World Cup plate champion Canada to give them a good fight.
"I expect a very tough game as Canada don't give up easily and they work hard," the former England coach said.
"They also have some fine players who were in their fifteens team that have just qualified for the Rugby World Cup.
"So it's a good first game for us," said Ryan.
Head-to-head, the two nations have played 35 times on the HSBC Sevens World Series with Fiji notching 33 wins.
Canada's last of two wins (28-19) over Fiji was ealier this year during the Wellington 7s bowl final.
"It's a tough challenge but it is what you want at the start of a tournament," Ryan said.
After Canada, the national side faces Portugal (5.14pm) and the ever-improving Wales at 9.24pm.
Ryan said they would have to use their squad well and make tactical changes at the right time.
"We need to use all 12 players to keep the tempo high against those opponents.
"Portugal and Wales have played in build-up tournaments in Europe and South Africa to prepare, so its gonna be tough.
"We got to control what we can control and just concentrate on our performance."
Fiji team versus Canada:
Forwards: Ulaiasi Lawavou, Manueli Laqai, Samuela Saqiwa, Waisea Nacuqu, Ilai Tinai, Osea Kolinisau (captain), Samisoni Viriviri. Reserves: Jiuta Takubu, Sakiusa Nadruku, Vucago Bainitabua, Donasio Ratubuli, Benito Masilevu.