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Island Teams Dominate, Says Tikaram

  Almost 80 per cent of the teams playing in today’s Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament are from the islands. This was confirmed by Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram.
23 Mar 2018 11:21
Island Teams Dominate, Says Tikaram
From left: Eroni Kotoiwasa (Nairai), Jone Saumaibulu (Somosomo Sharks), Peni Tavoti (Nakau), Rosivela (Nawaka) at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on March 22, 2018 . Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Almost 80 per cent of the teams playing in today’s Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament are from the islands. This was confirmed by Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram.

“That is a big number and these teams look forward to the Marist Sevens because it is their Hong Kong Sevens.” Tikaram said.

He said over the decades the tournament has been the place where many talents were identified, nurtured and later became household names locally and globally.

They were the likes of Robert Howard, Qele Ratu, Paulo Nawalo, Dominiko Manaseitava, Sainivalati Laulau, Savenaca Aria, Sakaraia Nacaka, Sailosi Nawavu, Esala Labalaba, Isei Nasiganiyavi, Ropate Senikuraciri, Jimi Demesi, Severo Koroduadua, Kinivuwai Ratuvio, Vesito Rauluni, Niko Baleiverata, Sikeli Waqavatu, William Ryder, Pio Tuwai, Isake Kaotnibau, Seremaia Tuwai, Kalione Nasoko and the list goes on.

 

BIGGEST EVENT

“Everything is in motion, all teams have been confirmed and 342 volunteers are ready for the biggest sporting event in the country.”

He said they had gone through the last minute checks before the commencement of the tournament and they are confident of a successful tournament this year.

“The beauty of the Marist Sevens is with the many unknown teams that are coming in and this is where the true grass root talents are.

“This has been the case in the last 42 years, with the likes of Jerry Tuwai and William Ryder who have all come through the Marist 7s as so to speak. This year will be no exception. It is something that people should be looking forward to,” he added.

The two-day tournament is played at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Edited by  Leone  cabenatabua

 

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