NATIONAL Vodafone 7s stars Semi Kunatani and Donasio Ratubuli will not be part of the Yamacia 7s team in this weekend's Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s.
Team manager Aporosa Yada confirmed Kunatani wanted to focus on the 15s game after being selected for the Jack's Nadi in this weekend's provincial competition while Ratubuli was recovering from an injury he suffered at the recent Hong Kong 7s.
He, however, stated that the absence of these star players would not deter the team's hopes of winning the top award.
Yada said the side would be introducing new players that had the talents and skills to be considered for national duties.
"The absence of our national reps will not deter the team's aim of giving their best," he said.
"In fact it has given the opportunity for our new players to prove their worth and I am confident of introducing new talents during the two-day competition.
"We will use this tournament to expose our new boys to gauge their standard against the best players from around the country.
"The absence of these two players is not an excuse as we will give our best against our opponents."
Yada said Yamacia would be fielding two teams for the tournament.
"Our main focus for this tournament is to develop our young boys to fully utilise their talents and to convince Ben Ryan for a spot in the national training squad."
"We will not take anything for granted and we are ready to battle against the top teams in Fiji."
Former national 7s flyer Mosese Mawalu will spearhead the side's campaign in an effort to win their sixth local 7s tournament title.
Yada thanked their sponsors Sigatoka River Safari, Tale Investment, Ocean Groove and Tau sports for their support.
He said through this sponsorships and support the side had won the Bayleys Coral Coast 7s, Wairiki 7s, Nukuilau 7s, Lomavata 7s and the Yanuya 7s over the past six months.
The two-day Nawaka 7s kicks off at Prince Charles's park on Friday.