Fiji 7s have been touted as favorites for the London sevens tournament this weekend, a feat captain Tevita Daugunu says will be nice to live up to on the back of their performance in Toulouse last week.
However, admits they will have to up their game to make it a reality with “all teams getting more competitive tournament by tournament.”
“So if you want to win you have to work really hard,” Daugunu told World Rugby 7s.
“For the majority of the squad this is our first time in London. There is a lot of Fiji fans here and we hope they will come out to support us in big numbers. We are really looking forward to playing at Twickenham this weekend.”
As the reigning champs of the London tourney, Fiji will open their account at Twickenham Stadium against Wales at 10 pm on Saturday 28 May, then take on Spain at 1.06 am the next day Sunday 29 May before wrapping up pool games against USA at 4.35 am.
Series leaders Argentina and South Africa are paired in Pool B, along with fifth-placed Ireland – beaten finalists in Toulouse last weekend – and Kenya.
Pool C sees antipodean rivals Australia and New Zealand drawn together with France – bronze medallists on home soil last weekend – and Canada.
Hosts England will be looking to take inspiration from the supportive home crowd as they play Samoa, Japan, and Scotland.
The London 7s kick-starts with Australia taking on New Zealand at 8.10 pm on Saturday.
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