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Nabua uses tourney to build up team

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 10, 2014

THE Nabua rugby sevens teams will use the Uluinakau 7s tournament and the other local tournaments this month as a build-up for their overseas tour next month.

The side has been drawn in pool C with Red Rock, Cuvu, Babyz Senivaivai and St John Natovi for the tournament that will be played today and tomorrow.

Nabua team manager Solomoni Ravono said they were looking forward to a good outing in the tournament because they need to make a good impression on potential sponsors.

"We haven't had a sponsor for a really long time," he said.

"Last year, we went to the Central Coast 7s tournament in Australia without a sponsor and we still haven't managed to secure a sponsor since then.

"But we have quite a few international tournaments lined up for this year and we would really need the support of a sponsor."

Ravono said the players in the team are young but ambitious and confident.

"They were really committed to the off-season training program during the festive season and are focused on winning.

"We are not the same team that we used to be in the 1990s with players like Waisale Serevi, Tomasi Cama Sr, Vesito and Meli Rauluni, Pauliasi Tabulutu, Alifereti Dere, Vili Rauluni and Sakeasi Vonolagi.

"But we are once again trying to come up to that reputation and it will be a long process that demands a lot of sacrifice from the players, and team officials."

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