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Samoan 7s champ invited

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

INAUGURAL Samoa Independence 7s champions the Lauli'i Lions have been invited to participate in the fifth Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament in November.

The Lion defeated Vaiala 17-12 in the final of the Samoa Independence 7s last Saturday.

Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament director Nick Jordan said they are pleased to invite Lauli'i to the "champion of champions" at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

"Should they accept, it will be great to see them take on our reigning champions, Yamacia, and the other clubs from around the Pacific," he said.

Jordan said the 24 team men's field for the tournament was taking shape.

"Rangataua, the winners of New Zealand's Middlesex 7s have accepted our invitation and we will again be reaching out to the winners of the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens (Colorado, August) and the Fitness First Central Coast Sevens to be held in October," he said.

"Our sponsor teams are likely to include Outrigger on the Lagoon, Naviti, Coastal Rental Cars and Serevi Rugby plus we are in discussions with several partner tournaments as well as guest teams from overseas.

"On top of that the 'best of the best' from Fiji will come through the Coastal Great Eight, to be held in the first weekend of November, to create another high-quality tournament."

Jordan said there were still vacancies for sponsor teams.

"We are targeting eight sponsor sides and one of the major benefits is the direct entry meaning the team does not need to go through the qualifying tournament to compete for the $75,000 prize pool," he said.

Meanwhile, the 12 strong women's competition is also attracting star participants.

"The Aussie Pearls, who won the event in 2012, have already announced their participation," Jordan said.

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