ORGANISERS of the Marist 7s tournament are optimistic of producing a new rugby star when the event kicks off next month at Suva's ANZ Stadium.
Celebrating its 38th year partnership with official sponsors, Pacific Beverages Fiji Limited, the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament will be an eye-opener for new players to showcase their skills in a bid to break into the national 7s team for the Japan and Hong Kong tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
In the past, the Marist tournament has been used to select a national team for the Hong Kong 7s tournament.
This year, national sevens coach Ben Ryan will release his players to feature for their respective clubs in a bid to strengthen grassroots rugby.
Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram said they were looking forward to the event.
"Yes, we want to unleash another rugby star at this tournament," he said.
"We have done in the past and we are looking forward to another year when another rugby star will shine."
Tikaram said the Fiji Rugby Union had agreed to release the Fiji sevens players to play for their clubs.
"This will help strengthen club competition because there is no national team.
"Ben Ryan and the FRU have agreed to release the national players to play for their clubs.
"This will make the competition very tough and interesting to watch."
Tikaram adds that only 64 men's teams would be accommodated.
The Marist tournament kicks off on March 7.