9 May 2015

Sport: Fiji on brink of Olympic 7s spot

11:06 am on 9 May 2015

Fiji can seal an Olympic berth on the opening day of the Glasgow Sevens, which kicks off tonight.

A quarter-final appearance would be enough to confirm their place in Rio while they're also in contention for the World Series title.

Vinnie Wylie reports.

With two legs remaining in the World Series, Ben Ryan's Fiji team are four points behind overall leaders South Africa.

A top two finish in their group this weekend, against Wales, Portugal and hosts Scotland, will guarantee a top four finish in this year's World Series, which earns automatic qualification for the Rio Olympics.

Ben Ryan says once that is secured, they can then focus on trying to catch the Blitzboks at the top of the standings.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan. Photo: RNZI / Vinnie Wylie

Meanwhile Samoa has been placed in a difficult group, alongside New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya.

Three new caps have been included in the Manu team, including former All Blacks Sevens rep Belgium Tuatagaloa, while Tim Nanai Williams is back to complete his eligibility switch from New Zealand.

Assistant coach Rudolph Moors says they want to give some new faces a taste of the blue jersey and to finish the season strongly.