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FSSRU to host sevens tournament

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

THE Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union is hosting a sevens tournament this Saturday after a lapse of six years.

The day-long tournament, to be played in three grades, will mostly have schools from the Southern and Eastern divisions.

It will also have schools from Nadroga. There will be sixteen teams, each in the under-15, U17 and U19 grades participating in the tournament to be held at the Suva Grammar School grounds.

Union vice-president development Elemaca Ravulo said the aim of the tournament was to help the Fiji Rugby Union scout the best talent for the Youth Olympic Games this August.

The Ben Ryan-coached Fiji U18 side will take part in the second edition of the games to be held in Nanjing, China.

"With 7s now an Olympic sport, we are putting a lot of emphasis on the development of the game," Ravulo said.

"We also have the Youth Olympic Games in China and we hope through this tournament, the FRU is able to select the best players to represent the country in China."

Ravulo said top schools rugby teams such as Ratu Kadavulevu, Queen Victoria, Marist Brothers High School, Assemblies of God High School and Suva Grammar would be taking part.

He said while all preparations for the tournament were on track, limited finance was their major challenge.

"We need money to pay for things like the St John Ambulance (medical team), officials and for the ground," Ravulo said.

"We request the companies that are supporters of 7s rugby to come onboard. Any kind of donation will be accepted."

Those willing to assist the FSSRU 7s tournament can contact Ravulo at Assemblies of God High School.

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