Sevens tournament to expose raw talents

THE Zion Family Ministry 7s competition will expose a few unknown rugby 7s players against some of the best in the business at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on Saturday.

These unknown players are orphans and underprivileged young men who have found comfort and a home with the ministry for more than four years ago.

The ministry is run by couple Sairusi and Seini Taganeniwai and has more than 50 orphans and less privileged children under their care.

Tournament official Malakai Yamaivava said the objective of the 7s tournament was to expose these young players to gauge their standard against the best in the country.

He said most of these boys had 7s talents but they lacked the exposure to best showcase their talents.

These players will represent the two Zion Brothers teams for the competition.

“This is a huge moment for these boys as they will be able to showcase their talents against some of the country’s best 7s players,” said Yamaivava.

“These boys have been rejected by their families and have been looked after by the Taganeniwai couple for the past four years.

“And to be given the opportunity to showcase their rugby talents is a blessing in disguise for these boys.”

Yamaivava said income generated from the tournament would be used for the ministry.

He said 16 teams had confirmed participation in the event and top teams highly tipped to win the $5000 top prizemoney were Police, Yamacia, Ravuka Sharks, Sigatoka River Safari Henibua, Tokatoka Westfield and Gaunavou.