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Touch team goes global

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, January 04, 2014

THE University of the South Pacific touch rugby team is hoping to expose its talents against some of the country top players this season.

The side recently returned from Australia after competing at the New South Wales State Cup at Port Macquarie where over 300 teams from the world engaged in the competition.

USP touch rugby coach Tevita Mau said they wanted to expose the players to international competition.

Mau said the NSW State Cup was a good buildup for his players as they prepare for the new season.

"The objective of the tour was to expose our club talent to top level competition and fast-track their development bearing in mind the Pacific Games in PNG and World Cup in Australia in 2015," he said.

The side was made up of USP students and former scholars who have recently joined the workforce after graduating.

Mau thanked all sponsors and supporters who contributed to the travelling expenditures during the tour.

He said he saw huge potential in the team.

"The ability of the USP Touch club to solicit the required funds speaks volumes of the commitment by the members to work together and scale a mountain often reserved for the parent association, fundamental in the achievements was spiritual faith and reliance on God."