THE Rotuma Island rugby side arrived in Suva yesterday to participate in the Rotuma Games which begins today.
The last time an island side took part in the competition was back in 2007.
This time around they have come with a contingent of 19 to try and restore lost pride.
Team manager Inspector Semi Waqavonovono, who is the officer in-charge of the police station on the island, said they were looking forward to the competition.
"After 2007 the momentum of sports on the island dropped a lot," he said.
"Since then we had no fully active teams in any sport on the island.
"But we are thankful to the Fiji Rugby Union for coming to the island to hold clinics and courses and that helped the revival of sports."
Waqavonovono said there was a lot of talent on the island but it didn't have enough exposure.
"Firstly, we are so far away and there is not enough good and top level competition on the island.
"We all know the teams that compete there and then the level of facilities are not of high standard.
"So the talent is there but there are not enough avenues to expose this talent and all we do is come once a year to the mainland for a competition.
"But this is one of our main competitions in our history and we are glad to be here once again."
Rugby will be played at Buckhurst Park if the weather is rainy but it could be moved if it's sunny.
Netball and volleyball will be played at the Fiji Sports Council car park.