Isikeli Tuiwainunu Vurun has brought a lot of history with him as he makes his debut for the storied Fijian outfit.
As a former player, captain and champion, Alifereti Dere knows all about the cauldron the Hong Kong Stadium can become as the weekend wears on.
And in his first trip to town as coach...
Fiji have won the Cup here more times (11, including twice as the World Cup rather than the Hong Kong Sevens) than any other nation.
Living in a fancy, sun-drenched Pacific island is a dream which everyone cherishes. For most people it's all about the lifestyle and the pristine beaches.
His team may have arrived as reigning champions, but Fiji coach Iliesa Tanivula is taking the Sevens one step at a time.
Once they were cast as giant killers. Not any more. Today Kenya are giants themselves, much to the delight of their captain, Humphrey Kayange.
A narrow loss to a Fijian select team - Uprising Beach Resort - saw Hong Kong missing out on a place in the Cup competition at the Heineken Hottest Sevens in Darwin yesterday.
Samoa got their title defence off to the best possible start with a 35-7 victory over Sri Lanka in pool B, although they know bigger challenges lie ahead.
December 1 - beat Fiji
But what a scare - having led 26-0
December 8 - beat Fiji
Easier - but...
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300 refugees from Solomons chaos fly into Guangzhou
Hundreds of ethnic-Chinese Solomon Islanders, with 21 Hong Kong ID card holders and their family members among them, arrived in...
Beijing spends billions on projects to boost ties as Britain closes string of high commissions
The Union Jack has been lowered for the last time in Tonga, leaving Beijing as a...