The Fiji Warriors are feeling the pressure ahead of their Pacific Rugby Cup opener against Queensland A in Brisbane tomorrow.
The three-time defending champions came from behind to claim last year's title following final round wins over Tonga A and Samoa A.
Their build-up to this year's tournament has been low-key, with the squad spending the past month training in Fiji.
Head coach Inoke Male sees the Pacific Rugby Cup as an opportunity to grow players with the next World Cup in mind and admits Fiji's poor showing at last year's tournament means the spotlight is very much on his team.
"It's definitely a greater pressure from the public in Fiji. The last time I went into the PRC was as a coach for the PRC in 2010 and now as Flying Fijians coach there's more pressure from the Fijian community and the Fiji country, it will be there because of the outcome of the world cup."
Tonga A also begin their PRC campaign on Sunday against the Junior Waratahs in Sydney.