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7s events moved to new dates

Arin Kumar
Saturday, January 25, 2014

THE organisers of the New Vision 7s and Bure Development 7s were forced to postpone the tournaments to next month.

Both tournaments were supposed to be played today at Thomson Park in Navua and Suva Grammar School grounds respectively.

However, organiser Wame Ratadai said they had not received confirmation for the grounds at Suva Grammar and teams were not willing to play at Thomson Park.

"We were still trying to get in touch with Suva Grammar School to confirm their grounds but since we didn't hear anything till midday today (yesterday), we had to postpone the (Bure Development 7s) tournament," he said.

"As for the New Vision 7s, Thomson Park was available but teams called us and told us they do not like playing at the grounds there because both grounds are in poor condition."

Last weekend, the Fiji Football Association had to move the Navua versus Rewa fixture from the same ground because it was in an unplayable condition.

"Teams told us they want to play on a better ground like Suva Grammar because they want to play free flowing rugby and also they didn't want to risk injury to their players."

Ratadai said the New Vision 7s tournament would be played on February 1 while the Bure Development 7s had been renamed the Bure Unity 7s and will be played on February 8.

"We will confirm the Suva Grammar ground and have the New Vision 7s there while the Bure Unity 7s will be held at the Wainibuka Secondary School grounds.

"For the New Vision 7s, we want 16 teams that will compete for the main prize of $1000 while in the Bure Unity 7s, we want 24 teams that will compete for $2000 and for this tournament, we want to involve as many village teams as possible."

The last big 7s tournament held was the Uluinakau Sevens at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori last month.

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