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Tongans here to 'cause upsets'

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, January 18, 2013

TCC Tonga coach Etuate Waqa has labelled Fiji as the best training ground to breed young 7s players.

The Tongans will face LICI Police in their opening pool match of the Uprising Fiji International 7s at 11.45am at Churchill Park.

Waqa, the former Fiji 7s assistant coach, said the Tongans were not here just to make up the numbers. He said the aim was to win the tournament.

"This tournament is very important for us as this is where we will measure ourselves as to where we are ahead of the Wellington 7s," Waqa said.

"We will be playing against all the top clubs in Fiji and the Fiji selection teams.

"We will not come across any better preparation for the HSBC Sevens World Series other than playing in the Uprising 7s.

"To play against the top clubs in Fiji will give our players more determination of how they can fair themselves out physically and also the skills of 7s rugby."

Tonga has regained the spot as one of the core teams in the HSBC SWS. Waqa said they were building players by participating in quality tournaments.

"We had our main goal of getting back into the core teams for the HSBC SWS and now we are going to all the tournaments," Waqa said.

"We are building the players and participating in a quality tournament like the Uprising 7s is a big bonus.

"We will take one game at a time. We don't want to be just part of the tournament but we want to win the tournament.

"We will fight till the end in every game. This is the best training ground to breed the youngsters.

"Playing in a quality tournament like this is good for the youngsters and their future."

The other teams Tonga will face in their pool include Digicel Fiji Barbarians and Lomaiviti Barbarians.





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