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Lose calls on IRB to support Uprising 7s

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 18, 2013

THE Uprising 7s is one of the best organised 7s tournaments in the world, says renowned commentator Willis Lose.

He said the tournament had grown popular within just three years of its inception.

"Outside of the International Rugby Board 7s, this tournament is one of the best organised 7s competitions when you think it is done on a low budget," said Lose.

"To be honest Fiji doesn't have the money that bigger countries have to be able to stage a truly international tournament like this. I am delighted and thrilled to be here."

Lose said he wanted the IRB to invest into the tournament and to consider the idea of hosting an IRB 7s tournament in Fiji.

"I'd like to see this Uprising 7s tournament continue and I'd like to see the IRB start investing money in here and to make Fiji a place where tours actually stop.

"There is a need to invest because it is so well put together and well managed."

He also welcomes the idea of having an IRB crew present at the tournament to broadcast the competition to millions of viewers worldwide.

"The fact they (IRB) have sent a camera crew to broadcast the games on Total Rugby to be screened around the world.

"The exposure they are getting I hope sponsors will stick by because of a wonderful product."

He also said the overseas teams would be tested when playing against the local teams.

Lose said the Fijian players were passionate about the 7s game and they would be tough to beat in front of their home crowd.

"Any national team, any touring team that comes to Fiji know they are going have a tough test.

"There are so many quality players that the Fijians have in every different 7s tournaments.

"I think for the visiting New Zealand, Australia, Tonga and Samoans maybe the goal is to probably get into the semi-finals because the Fijians are proud of playing in front of their home crowd," he added.


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