Fiji 7s coaches Alifereti Dere and Etuate Waqa have been handed some better news with the International Rugby Board allowing teams to include extra legs in their traveling squads for the upcoming HSBC 7s Series.
Teams will send 14 players as opposed to 12 to each leg of the 2012/2013 edition.
Fiji Rugby Union coaching director Frank Boivert confirmed to FijiLive the change came into place last week.
“Besides the expansion of the tournament the IRB realised that the quality of the game tend to drop towards the end of a series because the players become tired so in adding on extra people, teams can maintain that standard to the end.
“And at the same time injuries can be kept at a minimum or none at all.”
The news comes as a boost for Dere and Waqa following the departures of a number of their key players who formed the core of their 2011/2012 squad and the expansion that have taken place in the series in a bid to spread the gospel of 7s rugby around the world.
The number of tournaments has been increased to 10 with Argentina joining the list of host countries and the increase in the number of core teams to 15 from 12.
Canada, Spain and Portugal are the three additional core teams.
Australia – Gold Coast Sevens (Skilled Park): mid-October (2 days)
Argentina – Argentina Sevens (La Plata, venue to be announced): late October (2 days)
UAE – Dubai Sevens (The Sevens): end November/early December (2 days)
South Africa – South Africa Sevens (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth): mid December (2 days)
New Zealand – Wellington Sevens, (Westpac Stadium, Wellington): early February (2 days)
USA – USA Sevens (Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas): mid February
Hong Kong – Hong Kong Sevens (Hong Kong Stadium): late March (3 days)
Japan – Japan Sevens (Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo): end March/early April (2 days)
Scotland – Scotland Sevens (Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow): early May (2 days)
England – London Sevens (Twickenham): mid May (2 days)