THE door remains open to players wishing to join the Digicel Fiji sevens team for the next leg of the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.
This was the word from team manager Isei Rayawa as the 2013 Gold Coast Plate winners arrived in the country yesterday without coach Ben Ryan.
Rayawa said while it was too early to determine the final team to represent Fiji at the George and Dubai tournaments, the selection criteria would be fair.
"We've said we'll always be fair and we will try and look at fitness while we select the next pool of players," he said.
"The door is still open for people who are still knocking.
"There are always areas for improvement because even though this group of boys were the best, we will strive to look for those who are better than the best so that no one takes advantage of the selection." Rayawa said while the result was not what he'd expected, the team performed well despite spending just a week with Ryan.
"Their performance at the Gold Coast was better than expected, especially because of the fact that we went under a new coach but the boys blended in well with Ryan.
"The boys really enjoyed the experience and a lot of things were learnt from him."
The team was greeted by family, friends and well-wishers at Nadi International Airport yesterday and were officially welcomed by officials from Digicel Fiji.
Fiji was relegated to the Plate final on Sunday after losing to England in the Cup quarter-final, 26-12.
The team regrouped and thumped Kenya 30-6.
The New Zealand 7s team, for the first time, won the Gold Coast Sevens by beating hosts Australia 40-19.