September 20, 2013

‘7s rugby, FIJI Water make Fiji unique’

September 19, 2013 | Filed under: Fiji Sports | Posted by: newsroom

Rokoseru Nabalarua says FIJI Water and sevens rugby brings international recognition that makes Fiji unique.

The FIJI Water chief executive made the comment during the media launch of the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s in Suva yesterday.

“This is FIJI Water’s largest ever sponsorship for sports in Fiji,” Nabalarua said.

“Fiji sevens rugby and FIJI Water are a natural fit, as both serve as ambassadors for the country bringing international recognition of all that makes Fiji unique.”

Fiji Rugby Union board member Billy Singh says the partnership between FIJI Water and Fiji Rugby proves that there are bigger and better things yet to come in terms of rugby in Fiji.

He says 15 teams will compete in the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s tournament at ANZ Stadium on October 4-5.

“We will not have 16 teams participating since South Africa has withdrawn,”Singh said.

“But we will be having 15 teams and we are looking forward to an exciting two days of competition.”

The competition will prove Fiji’s bid to host a leg of the IRB 7s World Series.

Epeli Lagiloa’s United Arab Emirates sevens team have confirmed participation in the two-day tourney.

The other countries taking part are Australia, France, Kenya, American Samoa, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands.

The two-day tourney will be used as build up for the Gold Coast Sevens leg on October 13-14.

Sevens coach
Singh said the new Digicel Fiji 7s coach will be known soon following the Fiji Rugby Union board meeting yesterday.

“The board will look at all applications again, also the profiling of candidates before they make the announcement,” Singh said.

Ben Ryan, Etuate Waqa, Iliesa Tanivula and Waisiki Masirewa are all vying for the spot.

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