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Sevens tourney to expose raw talents

Maciu Malo
Thursday, January 30, 2014

ORGANISERS of the Lomavata and Gaunavou 7s will be hosting their fifth 7s tournament in Ba this weekend.

Tournament official Joji Tuivaga said more new talents would be out to impress this weekend.

He said the past five tournaments had exposed unknown teams and players competing against some big names in 7s.

Tuivaga said the objective of the competition was to identify new talents and upcoming players in the outskirts of Ba and Lautoka.

"All our past five tournaments have different champions and this shows the competitiveness of all teams," he said.

"Teams from Nailaga, Tavarau and Navau in Ba are only known for soccer and we are grateful that these soccer boys have talent that can be nurtured to become good rugby players."

Tuivaga said 32 teams would tussle for the $1000 prizemoney in this weekend's Gaunavou 7s.

Top teams such as Natabua, Western Suburbs and Tale Babas are favourites based on past performances.

Tuivaga said they would select the best players from this series and would later approach former national 7s star Viliame Satala to help prepare the team.

"We want to make use of the experience of Satala and the likes by guiding new players to become better players in the future.

"The organisers are not gaining financially, instead we are doing this series for the love of the game and the need to nurture new players in Ba and Lautoka.

The Gaunavou 7s kick off at the Ba Market ground on Saturday.

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