THE Tuvalu rugby 7s team plans to return for more exposure in tournaments here in the future.
After experiencing their first ever Oceania Championship at the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium last week, team coach Etonia Veibataki said they needed the exposure in Fiji.
He said Tuvalu would be competing at upcoming tournaments like the Uprising 7s, Marist 7s, Nawaka and other tournaments.
"Fiji is what they call 'the home of 7s rugby', and we will definitely want to return to expose the boys," Veibataki said.
"It was a good experience playing in our first Oceania tournament here in Fiji. I believe the boys enjoyed the competition — we still have a lot to learn."
The Tuvalu Rugby Union was formed six years ago, and Veitabaki was able to select his 12 players from the existing 10 clubs on Tuvalu.
"Rugby is only new to Tuvalu," he said.
"We are only like six-year olds because the union was just formed six years ago. But we will be using tournaments in Fiji to help the boys gain experience and also to expose them.
"Fiji is way ahead for us, so we will do the best we can to improve in the future."
Veibataki roped in three Fijian players in Savenaca Seniloli, Laitia Kurusalili and Troy Moimoi in his side.
He guided the team to its first ever victory after six years at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna last month.