NATIONAL 7s forward Pio Tuwai has called on his teammates to have faith in themselves in this weekend's Wellington 7s.
The skilled forward said he was confident the side would do well despite having to face New Zealand and France in pool play.
He said he had encouraged his teammates not to lose hope after their Las Vegas 7s outing.
"I had a chat with some of the boys over the weekend and my message to them is to first believe in themselves, and secondly to have faith in their teammates," said Tuwai.
"Despite not achieving our goal in Las Vegas I still have faith in this team and I am confident they can win the tournament.
"I told Emosi (Mulevoro) and Samu (Kunatani) to have faith in themselves and battle hard.
"Definitely Ben (Ryan) is working hard with the boys in their efforts to deliver the goods for the fans this weekend."
Tuwai says the team still has a chance of winning this year's HSBC IRB 7s series.
He said the team was going through a rebuilding phase and could reach a high at the end of the series.
"We are third on the points table series and anything can happen.
"People may have what they want but God has the last say, therefore, I see no reason why we can't win the series despite being third on the overall points standing.
"We have the players that have proven their worth at the international scene and I am confident they will bounce back strong this weekend.
"I wish the boys well for the tournament and, hopefully, they will make the nation proud when the dust settles in Wellington."
Fiji will face arch rival New Zealand in their first pool game on Friday before facing Spain and France later in their pool stage encounters.