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Marist tournament kicks off 'Search for Rio'

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, January 11, 2014

THE 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament is dubbed as the "Search for Rio" by its organisers.

Organiser Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram said the aim of the tournament was to help in the development of grassroots rugby and contribute towards making the nation stronger in the abbreviated code.

He said the Marist 7s tournament in the past had produced many national reps that have become household names in the country and abroad.

Tikaram thanked Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan and the Fiji Rugby Union for their support.

He also thanked sponsors Paradise Beverages (Fiji) Limited for supporting them for the past 37 years.

Paradise Beverages general manager Tony Scanlan said they were proud to partner with the club in hosting the premier 7s tournament in the country.

"This is undoubtedly one of the best club tournaments in the world in 7s rugby," he said during the tournament launch yesterday.

"As part of your national beer, it's quite rightly said the taste of Fiji, we believe that there is a nice relationship with getting right into the grassroots rugby and making sure that we do what we can to emphasise and help sport, particularly rugby in this nation."

Paradise Beverages marketing manager Joe Rodan said "sports plays an important part in Fiji especially sevens rugby because sevens has brought Fiji to the limelight in the sporting world".

The Marist 7s tournament, which will feature 64 teams in the main competition, will be held on March 7 and 8 at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva.

The prizemoney of more than $35,000 will be at stake in the two-day tournament which is also open to international teams.

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