Nic Sauria is yet to pledge his sporting allegiance to either Fiji or New Zealand.
The fleet-footed outside back will make his international debut at the weekend for the Fiji Schools Sevens team at the Condor Sevens in Auckland.
Nic says he was both proud and shocked to hear his name included in the squad.
The tournament will feature the most prodigious talent from across Australaisa and the Pacific Islands, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand Maori among the sides to play at the tournament in Auckland.
“There are definitely some nerves leading in seeing the players we would go up against, it is going to be tough coming up here.”
Nic says the sevens training has him in the best condition of his career to date.
“There is lots of running and it’s very structured and detailed.”
The 17-year-old put himself on the selectors radar thanks to his performance at the Tasman Sevens in November.
“My friend (Fiji teammate Nikola Vikena) was watching live stream, with his uncle who was helping select and he saw me.”
Nic impressed with his speed, agility and try scoring ability to force his way into selection.
The Nelson College student says the culture in the side has a strong emphasis on brotherhood.
“We are one big family, we get along, pray and we sing songs.”
Nic and his team has also reaped the benefits of former New Zealand sevens star Amasio Valence.
“It’s cool to see him come back to help the younger boys. I just want to get most we can out of it, play my best and put myself out there.”
Nic returns to Nelson College next year where he hopes to build on a strong 2020 season.
“We hope it is a big one, we are already prepping.”
Nic has yet to decide whether his future lies in sevens or 15’s or which country he wants to represent.
“I don’t mind, I haven’t ruled out either, Fiji sevens and All Blacks would be awesome.”