11 Oct 2014

Sport: Plenty to prove for Pacific teams in sevens

7:03 pm on 11 October 2014

The World Sevens Series kicks off on the Gold Coast this afternoon with plenty to prove for the three Pacific teams in action.

A guaranteed spot at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is also up for grabs for the top four teams over the course of the season.

Fiji have lost some key performers from the team that finished third in the overall standings last season, including World Player of the Year, Samisoni Viriviri.

But with a full pre-season under their belts and players now on full-time sevens contracts, hopes are high the team can add to their solitary World Series title.

Samoa reacted to their disappointing sixth place finish last season by appointing Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua to a second stint in charge of the team.

He guided the Manu to a fourth-placed finish at the Commonwealth Games in July and third place at last weekend's Oceania Sevens.

Meanwhile neighbours American Samoa will be making their World Series debut on the Gold Coast.

The Talavalu face Kenya in their opening match, with Samoa to begin proceedings against Japan and Fiji up against Scotland.