Islanders here to learn

Former Wallabies and Fijian international Ilivasi Tabua, far right, with his Solomon Islands 7s team during the Soltuna 7s tournament at the USP grounds in Laucala Bay, Suva on Saturday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Former Wallabies and Fijian international Ilivasi Tabua, far right, with his Solomon Islands 7s team during the Soltuna 7s tournament at the USP grounds in Laucala Bay, Suva on Saturday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FORMER Flying Fijians coach Ilivasi Tabua says the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament will be a good platform for the Solomon Islands 7s team to showcase their talents.

Tabua brought in 15 players from Solomon Islands to participate in the two-day event this weekend.

He said the idea was to develop Solomon rugby and bringing them to Fiji was a great opportunity for them to see how 7s was played and how they could use their talent.

“We’re not only here to play but for them to come and see their descendants and some of them are exposed to how 7s is played and with that they can help their island brothers improve their game before they return.

“This is to reconnect them back to the roots.

“Last year we took five players from Koio in Wailoku back to the Solomons for Independence Day and they really enjoyed it going back to their home land.

‘But the main focus here is that these players are here to improve in playing 7s.”

He also said the high level of competition in Fiji could help them expose their players to a whole new style of playing 7s and when they return home they can show it to their families and friends or clubs.

“We want to develop these players and elevate them to the next level.

“We have players who are from the age of 18 to 22 years who are part of the team and with the Marist 7s they can definitely learn.”