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Interest prompts Brotherhood sevens tourney

Arin Kumar
Friday, April 04, 2014

A SEVENS tournament has been organised to cater for village teams in Ra Province.

The Brotherhood 7s tournament will be played tomorrow at the Ra Sports Ground and organisers expect 24 teams to participate.

Organiser Wame Ratadai, who has been organising the Salato 7s and the New Vision 7s tournaments in the Central Division, said they heard of interest from teams from Tavua, Rakiraki and Ra province.

He said no major tournament had been held in the northern part of Viti Levu in a long time and they wanted to give something to the sevens fans out there to be excited about.

"The only exciting thing that recently happened in Ra was when the Fiji 7s team went to train there for a few weeks," Ratadai said.

"For a very long time, we have heard that teams from Tavua and Ra want to participate in tournaments but they find it hard to travel all the way to Nadi, Lautoka, Suva or Nausori.

"So, we are taking a tournament directly to them so that they can play in their own ground."

He said some well-known teams from Ra Province managed to enter and compete in tournaments in Nadi and Lautoka but their fans were not able to see them in action.

"The teams will go but their family members and fans are not able to go to places like Nadi, Lautoka or Suva to watch them play.

"So this way, the teams will be happy, the family will get to watch their players in action and the fans will get to see a full day of sevens rugby in one place."

Registration for the tournament closes at noon today.

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