DEFENDING Fiji Bitter Marist 7s champion Tokatoka Resort Westfield Babas has been drawn with one of the overseas teams for next week's tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
The West-based side, which won last year's tournament after beating Wardens Gold 24-0 in the final, is placed with West Roosters Wellington from New Zealand, Uluinakau 3 and Nailaga Rugby Club in Pool One.
Other top teams, Lomaiviti Babas, RFMF 1, Yamacia, Coastal Ratu Filise, Wardens Gold, Red Rock and Police are the top seeds in their respective teams.
While announcing the pool draws yesterday, chairman of the organising committee Lawrence Tikaram said they faced a tough challenge to ensure that all top seeded teams head their pools.
At the same time, he said they had a blend of very raw grassroots teams proving unexpected competition.
"As you know this tournament springs a lot of surprises and while we have big names to add excitement and stiff rivalry, it's the unknown ones that may provide that added stimulus in our competition."
Tournament co-ordinator Koli Korovulavula said barring any upsets, the big guns would meet in the quarters in the two-day tournament starting on Friday.
"In the women's competition we will see a good mix of international and local flair to provide some very exhilarating women's rugby over the two days.
"In the classic oldies competition, the tournaments champions are expected to face tough competition from newcomers Wardens along with Suva Oldies without leaving out Fiji Bitter Mokani, Veivatuloa and Western Nawaka Broncos who may scoring a surprise."
Meanwhile, the team managers and coaches are to attend the briefing to be held on May 6 at 6pm at the Lambert Hall.
Pools of 38th Fiji Bitter Main Cup Competition
Pool 1 - Tokatoka Resort Westfield Babas, West Roosters Wellington New-Zealand, Uluinakau 3, Nailaga Rugby Club
Poo1 2 - Lomaiviti Babas, Warden Green, Nawaka, Uluinakau 2
Pool 3 - Marist 1, Shipping Services Suva Stallions, Gusuniwai Brothers Deuba, New-Caledonia
Pool 4 - Uprising Rugby, Babale Rugby Team Yasawa, Stone Clock Rugby Club-Ra, New Born Waibasaga
Pool 5 - Xpress Office Supplies Ltd RFMF 1, Dominion Insurance South Sea Mariners, Jordan Rugby Club, Qauia Rugby Club
Pool 6 - Nabua 1, St Peters Rugby Club Namosi, Cousteau Resort Vonoyauyau, Nasavu Gold
Pool 7 - CK Ezi Buy Tabadamu 1, Deuba Rugby Club, Coastal Sigatoka Young Boys, Print Mate Savura
Pool 8 - Coastal Ratu Filise-Nadroga, Costal Eagles-Sigatoka, Marist 2, Nadawa Young Boys
Pool 9 - Yamacia, Fiji Bitter Mokani, Nabua Nabarians, Lami 7s Team
Pool 10 - Red Rock, Digicel Covenant Rugby, Waqavuka Levuka, Biausevu Reds Rugby Club
Pool 11 - Hideaway Hurricanes, St.Theresa Rugby Savusavu, FNU, Tfox Big Bula Wave
Pool 12 - Police National, Tauranga Qaliduna Levuka Ovalau, CK Ez Buy Tabadamu Team 2, Uluinikau 2
Pool 13 - Wardens Gold, Vunisaiki Kula, Xpress Office Supplies Ltd RFMF 2, Veivatuloa Blues
Pool 14 - Yasawa Central, Laucala Beach Rugby Club, Gumatua Rugby Club, Sorokoba Rugby Club
Pool 15 - First Landing Resort Babas, Duavata Rugby Club Burerua, Laucala Island Rugby Club, Lalati Whaleys Rugby
Pool 16 - Waimanu, Delasui Rugby, Nabua 2, Marist Serua
Tribe Ladies Rugby Competition
Pool 1 - Marist Seahawks, New-Caledonia, Nadi Ranadi, Central Chiefs Womans Rugby
Pool 2 - Atlantis US Sevens Rugby Club, Striders, Nadroga Stallions Fijiana, Sparkle Womens
Classic Fiji Gold Oldies Competition
Pool 1 - Veivatuloa Oldies, Warden Oldies, Yavato Qase Namosi
Pool 2 - Suva Golden Oldies, Fiji Bitter Mokani Oldies, Nawaka Broncos