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Workshop for Fiji match officials

Pravin Narain
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

IT is important for referees to go through formal training before they officiate in 7s tournament, says Oceania Rugby regional training manager Talemo Waqa.

Speaking at a match officials workshop yesterday, Waqa says the course aims to upgrade local referees' skills and knowledge in officiating at 7s or 15s rugby tournaments.

"The Fiji Rugby Union has chosen the next best batch of referees from provincial level and are refereeing 7s and 15s at national level, but they have not done formal training to be part of this course and it is a privilege for them," Waqa said.

For the next three days we will be empowering them on how to referee 7s rugby and assist in the refereeing of 7s," he said.

"We will also work with them on the mental preparation in 7s which includes anxiety and the control of stress and we will be joined by Oceania international referees and we will be reviewing our teamwork for the Oceania 7s.

"The referees would be very knowledgeable and ready to officiate in the Oceania 7s and the program is supported by the Oceania Rugby and the Fiji Rugby Union. Last year the same course was delivered and two referees Tevita Rokovereni and Kaveni Talemaivalagi went on to officiate at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series."

While officially opening the course, Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou says: "We are lucky that we are working together with the Oceania Rugby and Government has been in partnership with FRU and the Oceania Rugby for the past few years and we will see the growth of the sports."

The match officials course started yesterday at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) conference room.

The Oceania 7s will be held on Friday and Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva..

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