Fiji favourites in Tokyo Sevens

Date published: April 3 2015

Fiji have named an unchanged squad for the Tokyo leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series as they seek a third straight title.

Having won the Cup at both the Las Vegas and Hong Kong Sevens, Fiji are certainly the team to beat as the competition heads to Japan.

In Hong Kong they downed New Zealand in the final, and the top of the standings now sees South Africa lead by just two points from Fiji, with New Zealand a point further back.

New Zealand have also named an unchanged side, while South Africa bring in Carel du Preez for what would be a debut appearance at this level.

Meanwhile prolific Japan star Yoshikazu Fujita returns for the hosts, the 21-year-old has already racked up 22 tries in XVs in just 18 caps.

Fiji will be favourites in Pool A, where they will take on England, Wales and Hong Kong.

A trans-Tasman clash dominates Pool B, but Scotland will also take a lot of heart from their Bowl success in Hong Kong, with Portugal rounding out the group.

Series leaders South Africa will hope to top Pool C, where their most likely challengers will be the USA, but Canada and Kenya will not be pushovers.

Finally Hong Kong semi-finalists Samoa are top seeds in Pool D, which also features hosts Japan, Argentina and France.

Pool A: Fiji, England, Wales, Hong Kong

Pool B: New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Portugal

Pool C: South Africa, USA, Canada, Kenya

Pool D: Samoa, Argentina, France, Japan