28 Jun 2013

Sport: Fiji won't rely on past sevens successes

10:18 am on 28 June 2013

Fiji captain Levani Botia says his team is firmly focused on regaining the Sevens World Cup title in Moscow this weekend.

Fiji are the most successful team in World Cup history, having lifted the silverware in 1997 and 2005.

Their build-up to Moscow has been somewhat controversial, with World Series skipper Setefano Cakau left out of the team and Nemani Nagusa wrongly prevented from boarding a flight to Seoul with his teammates on Monday.

Nagusa eventually left Fiji on Wednesday and is expected to link-up with his teammates in time for their opening game against Tonga.

New skipper Botia says despite their strong history at the tournament, Fiji won't be relying on past successes.

"We didn't look back. We know that every year everything has changed. The players change and all the teams are preparing for the World Cup this weekend. So we've been doing skills and try to work together so we can do our job this weekend."

Samoa and Zimbabwe have the honour of kicking off the tournament on Friday afternoon local time while in the women's draw, Fiji open their account against Spain.