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Sweeney Backs Fiji’s 7s Host Bid

Fiji remains a suitable location to host one of the HSBC World Seven Series tournaments if given a chance, says a 7s official.
13 Mar 2022 11:08
Sweeney Backs Fiji’s 7s Host Bid
New Zealand Women’s and Lautoka Maroon players after their playoff encounter during the Fun Flavour Super Sevens Series at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: Waisea Nasoki

Fiji remains a suitable location to host one of the HSBC World Seven Series tournaments if given a chance, says a 7s official.

New Zealand Women’s 7s head coach, Corey Sweeney, made the comments during the second day of the third leg of the Fun Flavour Super Sevens Series at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

He said the Fiji Rugby Union hosted series was well-organised.

“This will be an awesome location to stage one of the World Sevens Series tournaments,” Sweeney said.

“We have one in New Zealand, in Hamilton but having one in Fiji will be awesome,” he said.

“Wherever we go in the world, the Fijians are the loudest; probably they have the most supporters you can get in any tournament.

“I can imagine a tournament like the World Sevens Series held in Fiji.

“The amount of support and the atmosphere plus the growth of the game here will be outstanding. I will be supporting it.”

Sweeney added that they haven’t played in any sevens tournaments for some time and to get the festival feel of sevens under the heat and rain was splendid.

“That’s what we’ve been looking for and wanting for a long time. So full credit to Fiji Rugby and the ladies that have come out to find the time because they’ve provided some awesome competition.”

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Economic boost

The arrival of the New Zealand 7s men’s and women’s teams have benefitted the country economically.

New Zealand men’s 7s team head coach Clark Laidlaw said it was great that they were able to contribute to the country’s economy through accommodation and food.

“I can imagine it’s tough for the resorts and the islands to be without tourists so I think we are really happy in doing our little part,” Laidlaw said.

The former Scotland 7s rep said teams would come for holidays with their families after the World Cup.

“We will bring our families back again. So we’re all looking forward to contributing where we can in this beautiful country.”



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