RATU Filise is the top bet in this weekend's inaugural Namosi Secondary School (NSS) Sevens tournament.
The two-day event which aims to raise funds to help with the students excursion expenses, starts this Friday and will be held at the NSS grounds. Tournament co-ordinator Samuela Gucake said their main aim was to collect funds to help the school financially.
"We took part in the Baravi Zone Secondary School 7s competition this year where two of our teams lost in the finals and the other one in the semi-final," he said.
"Looking at our 7s teams success, we wanted to participate in the 15s tournament but we lacked funds."
With clubs slowly submitting their registration, Gucake said the organisers were happy with the response from the neighbouring villages.
"At the moment (as of yesterday), we have 12 rugby teams confirmed to participate. Ratu Filise is the top favourites and we also have a Police (Navua) team taking part," he said.
"It will be a good experience for the interior teams to play against teams like this (Ratu Filise) and other clubs from Western and Suva area who have also shown their interest to be part of the tournament."
Gucake said former national 7s rep Setefano Cakau's Mado Stallions was also expected to take part.
"Cakau said he would bring a team from Suva but we haven't heard from him lately. We hope he brings his team to make the competition tougher."
Meanwhile, 7s winner gets $1000 while the runner-up settles for $300. The winner and runner-up in the netball competition gets $300 and $100 respectively.
Entry fee: 7s - $150; Netball - $50