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Oceania Rugby sets target

Peni Komaisavai
Monday, October 30, 2017

THE focus of Oceania Rugby is now on regional tournaments and developing teams in the region which allows more Oceania teams to qualify for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Oceania Rugby manager Wayne Schuster said regional teams making it to the qualification tournament for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong had been unlucky the past two seasons.

"Participation in the SWS is merit based and reserved for the best teams in the world, which is why we need to focus on our regional tournaments to develop our teams to allow more Oceania teams to qualify for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series," Schuster said. "The opportunity is there for more of our minnow teams to qualify and play in the series through the qualification tournament in Hong Kong each year but they have been unlucky in the last two seasons with Papua New Guinea (PNG) bowing out in the finals. Tonga has also featured in these qualification tournaments without success."

Schuster said the Oceania Rugby 7s Championship served as the primary pathway in developing minnow unions.

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