No Spectators, 7s Series Starts This Weekend

“It’s a very important season for our men’s and women’s sevens teams with the Com­monwealth Games and Sevens Rugby World Cup scheduled this year.
31 Jan 2022 15:08
 No Spectators, 7s Series Starts This Weekend
National Stadium

The first Fun Flavour Super Sevens Series tournament gets underway at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka this weekend. The three-day tournament starts on Thurs­day, February 3, and ends of Saturday.

This was confirmed by the Fiji Rugby Un­ion, who is sanctioning the series.

“We have seriously considered the impact of there being no crowds,” said FRU chief ex­ecutive officer John O’Connor.

“And our ability to successfully host the series to international standards since we have always heavily relied on gate takings to meet the operational costs and to make hosting such tournaments sustainable. We have decided to proceed with the series to as­sist our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s and Fijiana 7s teams prepare towards the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.”

O’Connor said they are grateful to CJ Pa­tel for coming on board and for their timely sponsorship through their Fun Flavor brand for the series.

“This has enabled us to continue to host these tournaments. Without their timely sponsorship and without any crowds, we would have struggled to host the tournament to the required international standards, con­sidering the challenges everyone is going through.

“It’s a very important season for our men’s and women’s sevens teams with the Com­monwealth Games and Sevens Rugby World Cup scheduled this year. After consultation with the coaches and considering the uncer­tainties of the series, we have rescheduled the HSBC series to support the preparation of both teams and likewise minimum disrup­tions to our domestic competitions.”

O’Connor said they understand that fans play a vital part of their tournaments but to ensure compliance to the new amber guide­lines, they are happy to kick off our competi­tion.

Men’s 7s coach Ben Gollings believes the five-leg Fun Flavor Super Sevens Series will assist him a lot in preparing the team.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to allow players to keep playing 7s outside of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The game is the best teacher so it’s invalu­able. It also provides an opportunity to iden­tify new talent to keep developing the squad and it all goes towards helping the prepara­tion of the team,” he said.

Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli also shared the same sentiments towards the series.

“It will give us the much-needed game time especially to the new girls in the squad. It will also allow us to gauge our fitness and test our game plans before flying overseas for international tournaments” said Fuli.

O’Connor said they have also reminded the teams participating of the importance of fol­lowing all the COVID-19 protocols. We will have dedicated staff who will ensure that all protocols are followed during the three days of tournament at Lawaqa Park.

“We have made it clear to all clubs partici­pating that only Fully Vaccinated personnel will participate in our tournaments, as play­ers, Team Officials and Match Officials. No Jab No Rugby Policy is in place and wearing masks will be compulsory for everyone.”

The CEO Fiji Rugby also highlighted that there are no changes to the teams participat­ing in the men’s and women’s divisions.

Fans can catch the live coverage of the games from Thursday on FBC’s Sports Chan­nel.



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