THERE is more than a reason for non-core teams to do well in the Oceania 7s tournament starting tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
The two-day tournament which will run concurrently to the Fiji Water Centennial International 7s will have eight teams participating.
Regional powerhouses Fiji, Samoa and Australia lead the way, with the exciting emerging talents of Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, American Samoa and newcomers Tuvalu completing the draw.
The top two placed non-core teams will receive entry to next year's Hong Kong 7s, including the opportunity later to qualify for the main HSBC Sevens World Series.
"Teams have also targeted this event to gain qualification to the 2014 Commonwealth Games," tournament director Michael Groom said.
"There will be some very exciting and competitive match-ups across the two days.
"FORU would like to thank the Fiji Rugby Union for hosting the 2013 tournament, and we congratulate them on their rugby centenary."
Australia won the Oceania 7s tournament last year.