30 Nov 2012

Sport: New-look Fiji attempting to maintain perfect start

11:28 am on 30 November 2012

It will be a new-look Fiji team attempting to maintain it's series lead at this weekend's Dubai Sevens.

Head coach Alifereti Dere has blooded seven new players from the team that won on the Gold Coast last month.

They play Spain first up, before meeting Scotland and Kenya in pool play.

Meanwhile Samoa take on minnows Portugal in their opening clash before tricky encounters against big guns England and South Africa.

South African coach Paul Treu admits it's a daunting start.

"That's the beauty about sevens is you can meet any team at any given stage throughout the season and I think what we've seen in the past was the same teams always played against each other. Me and (England coach) Ben Ryan were talking about we can't even remember it was way back in 2007 when we actually played each other in the pool stages so I think this is a unique opportunity where we can see where we are at as a team and just test ourselves against the best, especially on day one."