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EDITORIAL: Marist 7s Helping Fijians Hit Big Time On The Global Stage

The 39th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s again ended on a high note last Saturday. And it’s becoming bigger and better and more than just a high profile local 7s tournament.
09 Mar 2015 12:15
EDITORIAL: Marist 7s Helping Fijians Hit Big Time On The Global Stage

The 39th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s again ended on a high note last Saturday. And it’s becoming bigger and better and more than just a high profile local 7s tournament.

The impact of the tournament over the years has helped Fiji capture the attention of world on the 7s global stage.

It’s perhaps unfortunate that when our rugby fans celebrate our 7s achievements, little acknowledgement is given to the pioneers of the game in Fiji-the Marist Rugby Club which organised the first club sevens 39 years ago.

It came just a year after the first national provincial sevens organised by Fiji Rugby Union and the original Fiji Sun.

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan made special mention of the Marist 7s organisers last Saturday.

“How thankful I’m to the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s for another great tournament.

“I hope if we do win the Hong Kong 7s later this month, then the Marist Rugby Club will say we were part of the win and I hope they will continue to do this.”

The Englishman will definitely look to the Marist Rugby Club to help him prepare the best for the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond.

Athletics Fiji president and Paradise Beverages sales and marketing manager Joseph Rodan says Ryan needs all the support to be able to win gold in Rio.

Being a member of the Marist Rugby Club and an influential figure in the sponsorship of the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s, Mr Rodan assured continued support for the 40th event.

“The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s has been part and parcel of Fiji’s success on the world circuit,” he said.

“We may have won the Melrose Cup twice, the World Rugby 7s Series, scored a hat-trick in Hong Kong but nothing will compare to winning gold on the Olympic stage.

“I took part in two Olympics and manager at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and I know what’s involved.

“If we win our first Olympic gold in Rio, it will project Fiji image to even greater heights.

“The 40th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s will be bigger and better as it coincides with the Rio Olympics.”

Marist has traditionally been supporting Fiji world cup campaigns in the past with the ‘Bigger and Better” in 2011, ‘Road to Moscow’ in 2013, ‘The Search for Rio’ in 2014 and ‘Grassroots: It’s all about Rio’ this year.

The 40th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s will be extra special as it coincides with the 2016 Rio Olympics.

And let’s hope Lawrence Tikaram and his team, Mr Rodan and Paradise Beverages and the Marist Rugby Club continue to help Fijians shine on the rugby world stage.

 




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