Rugby

‘Bring On 7s Best’

We want to make a mark and prove our worth to Coach Baber in the Super 7s Series-Raiwasa Resort
08 Jan 2021 15:37
‘Bring On 7s Best’
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai takes timeout during the squad training at Albert Park, Suva on January 6,2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Raiwasa Resort team will be one of the 16 teams taking part in the Fiji Rugby Union’s Super 7s Series.

And with Fiji national 7s squad members playing for their respective clubs, the Taveuni-based team vows to do their best against the best in the business on January 22-23 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

Despite the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa last month, the based team aims to make a mark and impress national 7s coach Gareth Baber.

The series aims to provide more game time for our national 7s squad members in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in July, as the World Sevens Series has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Raiwasa team manager, Seba Vulakoro, was grateful to be considered one of Fiji’s top teams in the country.

“We have a few new boys in the team.  We will start with the Delainakamali 7s in Labasa next week and travels to Suva after,” he said.

“We thank FRU for considering us to be part of the series, they have confirmed and sent the calendar of 7s events throughout the year.

“It will be a great learning ground for these young farmers to play against big names in the national 7s squad.

“We want to make a mark and prove our worth to Coach Baber in the series, so bring on 7s best.

“Most of the boys have family commitments right now with their farms and homes after the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

“But we will be there for the series to showcase what Taveuni players are capable of,” Vulakoro added.

Raiwasa have players like former Naitasiri second-five-eighth, Lepani Tuivanuavou and former Barbarians Anare Tevita.

Tabadamu rover and former national 7s squad member Netani Nadavo was also a member of the Raiwasa team in 2019.

Other teams that will compete in the series include Tabadamu, Army, Police, Barbarian Brothers and Wadigi.

Meanwhile, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said there would be four tournaments in the series.

“The top 16 club teams will play across all the tournaments and they will accumulate points as in the World Sevens Series,” O’Connor said.

Baber who is on his way back after the festive break in Europe  said: “We want to have those tough pool games for example four teams, play through, good quarterfinals and see how the teams progress.

Fijiana 7s Coach Saiasi Fuli said:“ We will field two teams for the series and I’m very thankful for the great initiative by Fiji Rugby.

“This programme will enable us to gauge, monitor and will be the best selection tool for us moving forward towards the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

 

 


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