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Event to mark Indo-Fijian rugby revival

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, March 22, 2014

INDO Fijian rugby is being revived in Lautoka after a lapse of a few years.

A total of 10 teams will fight it out for the Indo Fijian title at the Veiyasana 7s which starts at Churchill Park this morning.

Lautoka Indo Fijian Rugby Union is promoting the sport in partnership with the organisers of the Veiyasana 7s.

Indo Fijian 7s tournament co-ordinator Aaron Philips said interest had grown after the success of the Rosy Hearts Indo Fijian 7s tournament in Suva last September.

Philip said the idea behind the tournament was to promote the abbreviated code and encourage more Fijians of Indian descent to take up rugby.

"There is an increase in interest among the Indo Fijian players," he said.

"The Nakasi Highlanders and Wainivula Eels are the favourites. They featured strongly in the last two tournaments. South Sea Cruisers and Lautoka Central College will be making their debut.

"These two teams have many boys who have not played in any tournament before. So it will be a learning curve for them."

The annual general meeting of the Indo Fijian Rugby Union will be held after the tournament.

Solo Finau of the Fiji Rugby Union will chair the meeting.

The Veiyasana 7s kicks off at 8am.

Indo Fijian Pool A: Nakasi Highlanders, Uni Babas, Lautoka Blues, Phoenix, Central College. Pool B: Wainivula Eels, Nadi, Ba, Lautoka Maroon, South Seas Cruisers

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