The Fiji Under 20 rugby team face a daunting start against the defending champions France tomorrow in their first match at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship.
The Baby Flying Fijians are competing in the top tier of age grade rugby for the first time since 2014, after winning last year's Junior World Trophy.
Head coach Kele Leawere said the recent Oceania Championship, where Fiji thrashed Japan and held Australia to 16 points, was an ideal preparation for a team who are determined to prove they belong at the elite level.
"Everybody is prepared for this tournament. France is not an easy team to beat, to play with," he said. "We know they are defending champions - they are out there to prove why they are defending champions - but we are there to prove ourselves why we are in the Junior World Cup.
"We are there and we are going to do our best for our country."
The Fiji squad includes five players who featured in last year's successful Junior World Trophy campaign, including hooker and captain Tevita Ikanivere, while two of the standout individuals from that side, Fiji sevens stars Ratu Meli Derenalagi and Vilimoni Botitu, have also sent their best wishes to the current crop of Under 20 players.
"Four years now we have been in the Junior World Trophy...I thanked all the boys that went to the Junior World Trophy last year for the success they did for these young boys to be able to go to the Junior World Cup," explained Kele Leawere, who is a former Flying Fijians international.
"It's a big task for them but they are ready to go out there and do their best for their country."
Flanker Vilive Miramira said the Fiji squad has been preparing for the World Cup for the past three months and know they need to hit the ground running.
"I think it's going to be tough because France is the defending champion and we have to take this first game seriously because we have to win one game in order for us to be in the tier one next year," he said. "The boys are really happy because it's the first time for Fiji playing in the tier one competition (in five years). The boys are very excited to be playing against France in the first match."
Following their opening match in Rosario, Fiji head to Santa Fe for their remaining Pool A matches against hosts Argentina and Wales.