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Forbes for 7s event

Maciu Malo
Friday, November 03, 2017

THE Mana Whey Coral Coast 7s tournament is setting the pace for other local tournaments in Fiji.

The event will attract one of the world's decorated rugby 7s players, DJ Forbes, as chief guest for its upcoming tournament scheduled at Lawaqa Park on January 16-20.

The tournament is the only 7s competition in the country that has attracted world-class 7s players such as the King of 7s Waisale Serevi, former 7s star the late Jonah Lomu, David Campese, Ben Gollings, Lote Tuqiri, George Gregan and Karl Te Nana.

And the icing on the cake for this year's event is the return of renowned referee Rasta Rasivhenge.

Forbes is honoured to add his name alongside past 7s heroes in the Sigatoka's Rugby Town Walk of Fame joining Waisale Serevi, David Campese, Ben Gollings, Viliame Satala, Jonah Lomu, Karl Tenana, Lote Tuqiri and George Gregan.

The former New Zealand Sevens captain will be unveiled on Sigatoka's Rugby Town Walk of Fame.

"I am looking forward to it as me and my family love visiting Fiji," said Forbes.

"I've had some pretty good highs in sevens and being part of the Fiji Coral Coast Sevens will be another.

Coral Coast 7s founding chairman Jay Whyte said having these two legends in Forbes and Rasivhenge would lift the standard of the competition to new level.

He said three national teams —— men's, women and youth —— from Hong Kong have also confirmed their availability.

Hong Kong RFU High Performance manager Dai Rees said it would be tough. "This tournament has to rank up with the highest standard across board of all tournaments I've ever been to in 14 years," said Rees.

"The top eight teams here could easily go and compete on the world series and it's a phenomenal experience in Sigatoka.

"Sixteen men's, eight women's and 20 youth teams —— a blend of local and overseas sides —— will participate in the eighth Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast Sevens.

Goodman Fielder International general manager Chris Zaymaan said they were honoured to sponsor the event.

"We are proud to continue our support of Fiji's premier rugby sevens tournament," he said.

"With legends like DJ and Rasta in attendance there will no doubt again be big crowds at the Mana Whey Coral Coast Sevens 2018.

"Having nations like Hong Kong see the benefits of the tournament is great news for all involved.

The Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast Sevens will be held on 17-20 January 2018 at Lawaqa Park. Further teams will be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, the Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast Sevens qualifying tournament —— The FINAL FOUR will be held on December 1-2. Entries welcome now. Please call Jay 9297337 to register your team.

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