THE Turtle Vodafone 7s tournament is the beginning of rugby revival in Nacula district in the Yasawa Group, according to tournament organiser Manasa Takala.
He said the tournament had been the talk of the islanders for the past few weeks, especially with the participation of national Vodafone 7s coach Ben Ryan.
Takala said rugby in the islands was in the doldrums and the tournament was one way of reviving the sport.
A total of 32 teams have been confirmed to battle for the $3000 prizemoney at stake in the tournament.
"It will be interesting to see these islanders battle each other during the two-day tournament," said Takala.
"This tournament is aimed at developing rugby in the islands and we believe it is the start of rugby revival in Nacula.
"We believe this tournament will be the start of many good things to come for rugby development."
All participating teams are from Yasawa, and Takala has thanked Ryan for accepting the invitation to be part of the tournament.
"The presence of the national coach will lift the standard of the tournament because the players will want to convince the national coach they're capable of taking up spots in the national 7s training squad.
"We are also looking forward to getting rugby 7s tips from the coach on how best to develop our players."
The first game kicks off at 8am on Friday.