PORT MORESBY, July 1 – Team Fiji will be aiming for the No.1 spot on the overall medal count, but the gold they want more than any other is in rugby 7’s, the country’s national sport.
In the last two Pacific Games it has had to settle for the silver medal, and in this campaign will be fielding a very strong team, led by its ever-reliable captain Osea Kolinisau (FIJ).
Fiji currently sits atop the world series standings for 2014/15, but Samoa will be in Port Moresby to defend the title.
Samoa has won the last two Pacific Games gold medals, defeating Fiji on both occasions.
Fiji and Samoa’s main challenge for the gold medal will come from New Zealand and Australia – both will be competing at the Pacific Games for the first time.
They are regulars in the world series, sit in the world’s top-five and both will be sending their premier players to the Games.
Also in the running will be Papua New Guinea, which will look to put on a great show for the home crowd.
The team figures to be a tournament wildcard and should not be underestimated coming from the same pool as Fiji, Tahiti and Solomon Islands.
With the home advantage, nothing is impossible for the hosts.
Rugby 7’s action will take place at the BSP Stadium starting on 8 July, 2015.