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Four-week 7s tour for Red Rock

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Red Rock 7s team departed the country yesterday for a month-long tour of Australia.

The team will compete in a tournament every weekend starting from the Darwin 7s that will be held tomorrow and Sunday.

The side has been pooled with Gumatj Cavaliers, NQ Aspired and East Arnhem in Pool B of the event that has been dubbed as the 'Hottest 7s in the World'.

Coach Lote Rasiga said they had taken a bunch of young boys and the only one in the team who had reached the highest level was Eroni Sau who had a stint with the national sevens extended training squad.

Rasiga said most of the players would be playing in their first overseas tournament.

"These boys are very young and most of them have never been overseas," he said.

"So, this four-week tour of Australia is going to be a very good exposure for them.

"We have prepared well and as for our pool at the Darwin 7s, we are expecting tough competition."

Rasiga said they've never played those teams before and it would be a new challenge for the boys.

"These boys have played in a few tournaments here in Fiji and playing against overseas teams will be a good experience."

He said they were using the overseas tour as a build-up to the Marist 7s tournament.

"We are preparing for not only the Marist 7s but for the other tournaments in Fiji."

The Red Rock coach was also mindful of the contribution of their sponsors.

"This tour would not have been possible without the assistance of our sponsors MH, Coca-Cola, Tau Sports, Grand Melanesian Hotel, Zaika Restaurant and Kings Neon Signs.

"A overseas trip for a team for a month would cost around $40,000 and want to make sure the trip is worth it."

Rasiga said they would compete in two small tournaments and end the tour by competing in the Kiama 7s tournament on February 22.

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