2 Feb 2016

Sport: Huge Fijian support expected for Sydney Sevens

12:47 pm on 2 February 2016

The Fiji sevens team is expecting plenty of support in Sydney this weekend.

The Australian leg of the World Series has been moved from Gold Coast to the New South Wales capital this year, with tickets sold out for the two-day event at Allianz Stadium.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Fiji have won a record five titles in Australia, including three in the past four years, and coach Ben Ryan was expecting their fans to turn up in droves.

"It's going to be bigger than probably anywhere else we go to: in Vegas last year was pretty sensational and Hong Kong we always have a huge following but I reckon we'll have10-15 thousand Fijians in that stadium.

"It's going to be almost half-full with Fijian flags being waved and that's going to help us in week two [of back to back tournaments] where sometimes the legs are flagging.

"We've got a lot to prove there and we haven't got any serious injuries and we will have competition in the squad [this] week and we will do what we can to lift the trophy at the weekend."

Fiji have slipped to second in the World Series standings after finishing third in Wellington at the weekend.

Fiji sevens fans show their support.

Fiji sevens fans show their support. Photo: PHOTOSPORT