The New Zealand sevens coach, Gordon Tietjens, believes the Pacific Island teams will be the biggest threat to the home sides defence of their Wellington title.
Tietjens yesterday confirmed his 12-man squad for the Wellington leg of the IRB World Series with the team bolstered by the inclusion of All Blacks winger Hosea Gear.
He says New Zealand's large Polynesian community makes the Pacific Island teams that much harder to beat.
"Any of these Pacific Island teams, particularly when they're playing in New Zealand. They've got so much support and they're always very Dangerous. This is their game and, particularly Fiji and Samoa, we've got Samoa in our pool so we can never look too far ahead of ourselves. It is a real challenge and certainly I believe anyway those Pacific Island teams playing in New Zealand, they're a real threat."