28 Mar 2014

Sport: Plenty of motivation for Fiji 7s in Hong Kong

12:12 pm on 28 March 2014

The Fiji Sevens team will have no shortage of motivation to do well at the Hong Kong Sevens, which kicks off on Friday.

It was confirmed this week the Fiji team would not be able to compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Rugby Development Manager for Fiji Rugby, Sale Sorovaki, says hopefully that will spur the team on.

"It's probably provided a little bit more motivation for our sevens team this weekend. Big big weight on our players shoulders and we've never won back to back tournaments which is also something for us to look forward to. Expectations from our team is high, especially after the win last weekend and the way we played against two very good teams in New and South Africa in the semis and the final."

Fiji have made two changes from the side that won in Tokyo, with Joeli Lutumailagi and Samu Saqiwa replacing Jasa Veremalua and Leo Naikasau.

The Samoa team is unchanged.

Meanwhile Cook Islands begin their bid for a place on next year's World Sevens Series this afternoon in the Hong Kong qualifier.

Coach Chad Tuoro says the first day is all about ensuring they remain in contention.

"We're aiming for a top two finish - if not winning that pool - so it's going to be tough. We've got Trinidad and Tobago first up and they're not going to be any easy-beats, and then Uruguay. We're really focusing on having a strong first day, getting the guys settled - their nerves I guess - and getting used to playing."

American Samoa are also competing in the core-team qualifier and play Italy and Hong Kong on day one.