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Watson Praises Fijian 7s Rugby

WAISEA NASOKIA Sigatoka New Zealand’s Radio Sport commentator Mark Watson says Fiji 7s rugby plays an important role when it comes to the sport locally and internationally. He piled praises
06 Aug 2014 08:01

WAISEA NASOKIA
Sigatoka

From right: New Zealand’s Radio Sport commentator, Mark Watson, Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji general manager, Peter Hopgood, Yamacia 7s team players and Bayleys Real Estate managing direcor, Philip Toogood during the Bayley Coral Coast Sevens 100 Days To Go celebrations at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji resort in Korotogo yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

New Zealand’s Radio Sport commentator Mark Watson says Fiji 7s rugby plays an important role when it comes to the sport locally and internationally.
He piled praises on the Fijians while speaking as a guest speaker during the ‘2014 Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens 100 Days To Go’ celebration at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji resort at the Coral Coast yesterday.
He said Fiji had the potential to be an international hub of 7s tournaments.
“Fiji has the hat of the most untapped pools in the world when it comes to sport. It is just in your DNA, you are just an incredibly gifted sporting nation,” Watson said.
“When it comes to world 7s, you pick Fiji. Think of Hong Kong. Sevens rugby origin was in Scotland, but when it comes to 7s rugby, automatically it’s Fiji.”
Watson said Fiji had an upper-hand with the inclusion as an Olympic sport which will shape the future of the code.
“The inclusion of 7s in the Rio Olympics (2016) will change the tournament. The global investment in the game where Fiji has to capitalize, so you need to make it a hub here, a benchmark for teams to travel to.
“Fiji has never won a medal at the Olympics Games. If they win and people around the world will say, hey let’s go and see what resources are over here. The global point of view when it comes to rugby will no longer be 15s, but 7s. Only five teams in the world have beaten the All Blacks 7s. Kenya, Fiji and Samoa defeated NZ and the tournament like this will be the focal point.”
“Fiji will be the focal point, embrace it, celebrate and be proud of it. Teams in the world will want to develop their particular island teams, so they have to come to Fiji,” he said.
Watson, a former triathlete, commentated on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for TV NZ and the 2012 London Olympics for Sky TV.
Meanwhile, this year marks the fifth edition of the tournament and former NZ 7’s captain Karl Tenana will be the chief guest. The tournament kicks off in November 13-15 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

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