IN a desperate bid to regain past glory, Fiji have dumped most of their veteran sevens players and brought in five newcomers for the Air France Sevens - and they are hopeful that this will be the right approach to their campaign at next year's World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong. A new-look Fiji began their build-up on a cold autumn day, the first day of action in this inaugural competition. Seven-time Hong Kong Sevens champions Fiji hope that by the time of the March 21-23 tournament they will have found the spark and shine to illuminate the Hong Kong Stadium - in the way they did before New Zealand arrived on the scene with Jonah Lomu. 'We have got rid of the old regime and brought in new players whom we think can do the job for us,' Fiji manager Jone Buakula told Sports Post. 'Our build-up starts here and we feel this is the way to go about winning the World Cup.' Only three players in the 10-man squad have represented Fiji at the Hong Kong Sevens. They are captain Jope Tuikabe, Manasa Bari and Lemeki Koroi. The rest are basically new to international sevens, five of them complete novices. 'The modern rules and style of rugby mean a team needs injury-free players who are very fit. We had to drop most of our older players because they were not 100 per cent fit,' said Buakula. With their Hong Kong Sevens coach of this year, Rupeni Ravonu, in charge, the Fiji Rugby Union feel they have the correct blend of players and coaching canniness. For the past three years, the Fijians have been unable to break the stranglehold New Zealand have placed on the Hong Kong Sevens, indisputably the major sevens event on the calendar. 'But we proved this year that we were capable of taking the New Zealanders close. We were comfortable with the 19-17 loss in the Cup final and think we can beat them if it comes to that next year,' added Buakula. The Fijians are missing their star sevens exponent Waisale Serevi here. But he will join the squad in time for a sevens game against the Maori All Blacks on November 1 in Suva. 'Serevi is in Japan but he will join us in time for the game against the Maori All Blacks, which will be the curtain-raiser to the one-off Test match next month,' Buakula said. After Paris, the Fijians will take part in the Dubai Sevens from November 21-23. The tournament will be a qualifying event for the World Cup, although Fiji will have no qualification problems. 'I expect to see most of the new faces who are in Paris at the World Cup next year. They will take us to victory,' said Buakula. Fiji, pre-tournament favourites here, have been grouped with the USA and the Scottish Barbarians. They are seeded to meet an Australian side including players like Ryan Constable, David Kelaher, Jim Williams and Mark Catchpole in the semi-finals. The bottom half of the draw features France, Argentina and two strong Barbarian outfits from New Zealand and South Africa.