Oceania is blessed with incredible sevens talent ©World Rugby

The Oceania Sevens tournament starting tomorrow in Suva, Fiji, is offering a huge incentive, with Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games spots up for grabs. 

Fifteen men's and 12 women's teams are competing across three days, with one team from each qualifying for Tokyo through the regional qualification process.

Last year's Oceania Sevens winners, Fiji (men) and Australia (women), have already qualified thanks to top-four finishes on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019.

Both men's and women's New Zealand teams, Australia women and Canada women are also going to Japan next year via the World Series, along with the host nation.

Already qualified teams will play in the same pools in both the men's and women's competitions, meaning that the teams that qualify for Tokyo 2020 will be the winners of either Pool B or Pool C.

Fiji and New Zealand have an epic sevens rivalry ©Getty Images
Fiji and New Zealand have an epic sevens rivalry ©Getty Images

In the men's tournament, Pool B pits Samoa up against Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Papua New Guinea.

Australia are the big guns in Pool C, facing Tonga, Nauru, American Samoa and Vanuatu.

Fiji, New Zealand, Japan SDS, New Caledonia and Niu make up Pool A.

The glamour section in the women's competition is Pool A, as New Zealand are drawn with Canada, Australia and Japan SDS.

Pool B has Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, with Pool C made up of Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: "Fiji is a nation that lives and breathes rugby sevens, so there is no doubt that the Oceania Sevens will be an excellent tournament for both players and spectators.

"As we edge closer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and with two qualification places up for grabs at this tournament, the standard of rugby on show will be exceptionally high."

One direct qualification spot is available in each of the men's and women's competitions, with the second- and third-placed teams booking their places in the World Rugby Global Repechage competition in June 2020.

The three-day event is also hosting the Oceania Rugby Deaf tournament, with teams from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa competing.

Oceania is the fifth region to host an Olympic qualification event after South America (men and women), North America (men), Europe (men and women) and Africa (women).

Rugby sevens will be making its second appearance on the Olympic Games programme, following its introduction at Rio 2016.