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Rugby Stars Support Radradra 7s

Veitogavi said the tournament is a brain child of dual international rugby star Semi Radradra
19 Jun 2019 17:54
Rugby Stars Support Radradra 7s
Rugby players (left-right) Eroni Sau, Terio Tamani, Waisea Nacuqu, Aminiasi Tuimaba (sixth from left) and Semi Kunatani (right) on their way to Taveuni. Photo: Radradra 7s

Overseas-based rugby stars and members of our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players are now in Taveuni to support the Radradra 7s which gets underway today at the Welagi grounds.

Although they will not be playing but are there to support the tournament.

Tournament official Sakiasi Veitogavi said they are inviting people of Taveuni and Vanua Levu to come out in numbers and support the teams.

“The games will be on livestream and a lot of talents in Taveuni and rural teams will be exposed,” he said.

Veitogavi said the tournament is a brain child of dual international rugby star Semi Radradra

“It’s his mission to give back to the community and village club Somosomo Sharks his home team where his talent was noticed while playing in a local competition,” he said.

“The youth development at grassroots level prioritising youths especially in Taveuni through rugby.”

Veitogavi said the competition categories are in the

-Men’s Open: 40 teams

-Men’s Under- 20: 12 teams

-Women’s Netball: 28 teams

He said the top teams confirmed are Somosomo Sharks, First Light Taveuni, Army LFC and Radradra’s team.

“But we are not putting any team as top seed as they all have the capability to win tournament. More than 10 teams are from Viti Levu, West (6 teams), Kadavu (2 teams), Suva (3 teams),1 team from Gau.

“The Rush Rugby Academy under-20 players made up of league and union players, within South East Queensland Australia have teamed up with First Light players to form a team. We also have Etonia Nabuli and Metui Talebula’s team participating as well.”

Veitogavi added that the total prize money for the tournament is $20,000. The Cup winner pockets $8000 while the runner-up get $4000.

Edited by  Grace Narayan

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