Fiji prepares for inaugural event

THE Fiji Rugby Union is preparing for one of its toughest assignments for the year.

It is the inaugural Oceania Rugby Under-18 Sevens Championship in Sydney, Australia, which will include the hosts and New Zealand.

The tournament, from April 21-22 at St Ignatius College, will be the region’s first age grade 7s competition to develop the code and mirror the success of regional 15s programs.

Oceania Rugby president Richard Sapias, in a statement, said this regional 7s event would help enhance regional talents.

“International age grade tournaments assist in bridging the transition from school and provincial competitions to national representation,” Sapias said.

The championship will double as the regional qualification tournament for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October.

Teams from Cook Islands, Australia, NZ, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga will contest one qualification spot for the Oceania in each of the boys’ and girls’ sections.

Meanwhile, the FRU will conduct the final trial on Saturday at Buckhurst Ground in Suva.

Players are to bring copies of their original birth certificates, four passport photos and their passport.

Boys: Ba Provincial: Veresa Tuqovu, Saimoni Koto. Natabua High School: Viliame Senileba, Daniel Drega, Mesake Beranaliva, Nelson Tuidraki. Ratu Navula High School: Manoa Luva, Ilioseri Gale, Kitione Salawa, Etuate Cagilaba, Osea Waqa, Timoci Tiloko, Maleli Sayabo, Lemeki Patemo, Kaminieli Raqio. Nadi: Josefata Kunagado. Cuvu College: Timoci Kurinabuli, Akuila Likuloa, Mesake Tove, Mosese Apisalome, Eseroma Rikou. Sigatoka Methodist: Mosese Kurimosi, Abraham Ramatau, Jimilai Nalio. Nadroga: Tuva Josefata Nailaqiwa. Ratu Kadavulevu School: Alivereti Loaloa, Solomoni Matau, Maikeli Vereimi, Bonefasio Tabuanivalu, Josua Bola, Sailasa Labalaba. QVS: Semi Tauyavuca, Luke Navuwai, Aporosa Derenalagi, Vanaisa Kuruwale, Manoa Vilikesa. Lomavuna High School: Taitusi Rokovunisei. Sacred Heart: Savenaca Damudamu. RSMS: Marika Vularewa. Dudley High School: Sakiusa Siqila. Academy: Mataiasi Kikau

Girls: Jasper Williams High School: Raijieli Dawai, Salote Vuniwaqa. Natabua High School: Keleni Racule, Bulou Rokodinono, Bulou Salote Qio, Harina Erasito, Losalini Temo, Lavina Lagi

Lautoka: Ateca Leba. Naitasiri Secondary School: Unaisi Naciku. Delana Methodist High School: Mere Serevi. Ballantine Memorial School: Veniana Lewarara, Kesaia Mere, Timaima Vesikula

Sacred Heart College: Vilomena Niulele, Sokoveti Tui, Fatima Tabua. Gospel High School: Raylin Mario. FNU: Ani Mei