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Vanuaso 7s Ready To Go

Vanuaso 7s Ready To Go
Vanuaso Village Committeee chairman Sivorosi Tora (sitting third from left) with the organising committee and supporters during the tournament launch in Suva on January 8, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan
January 09
10:07 2019

Twenty six (26) teams have confirmed their participa­tion in the inaugural 2019 Vanuaso 7s tournament to be held on February 22-23 at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

The village of Vanuaso is in the island of Gau and running the tournament is a way to empower youth development and promote grassroots rugby.

Speaking during the launch at the Scouts Hall in Suva yesterday, Vanuaso Village Committee chair­man Sivorosi Tora urged all inter­ested teams to register as there are six spots available for the tourna­ment.

“There are 26 teams altogether that have confirmed their par­ticipation for the tournament,” he said.

“We will be accommodating 32 teams with 8 pools and 4 teams in each pool. They are vying to com­pete in the top three categories which are the Bowl, Plate and Cup finals.

“And our Cup winner will get $10,000 as prize-money.”

Tora said the closing date of the tournament will be on February 13 and this will provide them am­ple time to prepare for the two-day tournament.

“I urge all the teams to pay their registration fees on time to avoid disappointment as we have six spots left.

“Also, we are trying to promote the province of Lomaiviti predomi­nantly the Island of Gau in terms of their level of rugby talents.

“However, our only challenge is fi­nance which we are currently try­ing to manage right now to cater for the expenses incurred while trying to organise this tournament.

“We have on board sponsors like Fiji Water, Fiji TV and few others but we are still urging other part­ners to come on board and support this tournament in any way possi­ble.

“Our main objective of hosting this tournament is to develop the youths in trying to engage them in sports rather than to be involved in criminal activities. In doing so, we’re also empowering grassroots rugby and creating opportunity for players to build a career through rugby.

“In addition to that our second main objective is to revive sevens rugby in Gau which was famous for producing some of the coun­try’s top rugby players.”

The players are world sevens maestro Waisale Serevi, former Canterbury Crusaders winger Marika Vunibaka, Peni Rauluni, Vesito Rauluni, Jacob Rauluni, Mosese Rauluni, Samu Saumaisue, Saimoni Rokini, Naca Seru and the list goes on.

Tora said admission for the tour­nament will be $10 for adults while children below 12 will pay $5 and registration fees for teams inter­ested to play will be $1000.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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Waisale Serevi
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