'Do you believe in God?' shoots William Ryder, replying to a question on whether Fiji can do what no other team have done in the IRB Sevens this season - defeat high-flying New Zealand. Sevens and religion go hand-in-hand with the Fijians, who yesterday moved indoors for a training session which began and ended in prayer. They may have the skill and power to unsettle their opponents at the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens, but Ryder and company are not leaving anything to chance. 'It depends on God whether we win or not. We can make a difference, but only God can show us the way to victory,' says Ryder, a devout Christian and one of five stars who return to the fray after missing all four previous legs - dominated by New Zealand. With morning rain making conditions treacherous at Aberdeen Stadium, Fijian coach Jo Savou decided not to take any risks and moved training to the adjoining Wong Chuk Hang Sports Centre in Aberdeen. He was given one hour by the stadium caretakers as the hall had been booked for badminton by keep-fit locals. They watched in awe as the Fijians, led by captain Marika Vunibaka, went through a series of intensive drills before ending arm-in-arm in a circle and singing a hymn to God. Savou admits he'll look towards Ryder and Vunibaka to provide the inspiration on the field. 'This is the strongest team I've had all season. The return of Ryder and company will make a huge difference and their experience will boost us,' said Savou, who has rung the changes and retained only four of the players who competed in the opening half of the series. He drafted in Ryder, Vunibaka, Nasoni Roko, Lepani Nabuliwaqa and Mosese Volavola, all of whom were playing overseas and had missed playing in Dubai, George, Wellington and San Diego. 'Hong Kong is different from the rest. It is the most important tournament for us and one which we haven't won for a long time. We really want to win it this time,' said Savou. Although Ryder has still not played sevens this season - he was playing corporate rugby in Japan for Toyota - the cocky playmaker assured fans they would be able to see him at his best this weekend. 'I'm still the same Ryder. There will be no problem adapting to sevens for the guys who will be playing for the first time this season. Sevens comes natural to us,' says the man who has taken over the mantle of the muse from the legendary Waisale Serevi. Will Serevi be missed? Ryder shrugs and says: 'Even though he is not part of the team, what he taught us is still in the team.' Fiji lie third in the IRB Sevens standings, with 44 points, a massive 36 adrift of undefeated New Zealand. The title might be in the bag for New Zealand, but Fiji are unfazed. There is the little matter of winning a purse of US$100,000 - denied to them last year by Samoa in the final - and taking home the Cup, last won by Fiji in 1999. 'This is my fourth time to Hong Kong and I have still not won the Cup. I hope that will all change on Sunday, if God wills it,' adds Ryder devoutly.