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New stars to shine

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

ORGANISERS of the 27th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s are optimistic of discovering new stars in this weekend's competition.

Tournament organiser Mataiasi Nabau said over the years, the tournament had unearthed world class players such as William Ryder, Vereniki Goneva, Semisi Naevo, Esala Labalaba, Manasa Qoro, Savenaca Aria and Samu Saqiwa to name a few.

He said national Vodafone 7s coach Ben Ryan's presence would surely inspire new stars to shine from among the hundreds of participating players during the two-day tournament.

Nabau said 64 teams would battle for the $10,000 top prizemoney.

"This competition will surely introduce a new rugby star," said Nabau.

"While the focus will be on the national reps I reckon many unknown players will shine this weekend.

"And the presence of Ben Ryan will motivate unknown players to make their mark."

Nabau said top teams such as reigning champion Westfield Dragons, Wardens Gold, Police, Tabadamu, Natabua, Hideaway Hurricanes, Army, Red Rock and Yamacia are some of the teams tipped to win the top award.

He, however, stated that unknown teams should not be under estimated.

"It will be interesting to see the battle between top teams."

"All teams though have equal chances of winning since all players will try and convince Ben Ryan for a spot in the national training squad."

Nabau has called on rugby fans in the Western Division to be present during the two-day tournament and witness the rivalry among players.

The tournament kicks off at Nadi's Prince Charles Park on Friday.


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