Top teams for Tiliva 7s

URO Kadavu’s bid to defend this year’s Tiliva 7s is expected to be tough with the presence of two of the country’s top 7s teams.

Raka 7 champion Ratu Filise and Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast 7s champion Police have also confirmed their participation at the event and will give their best to win the $5000 top prizemoney.

Tournament official Joeli Tukana said the champion teams’ participation would lift the standard of the competition.

He said rugby was facing a slow death in the island and the presence of the top 7s teams along with the other teams from the mainland would give a new lease of life to the sport on Kadavu.

Tukana said the 7s tournament would also motivate the islanders to showcase their talents.

“This year’s tournament is expected to be tougher than last year especially with the participation of some big teams from Viti Levu,” he said.

“Having Police and Ratu Filise, Matainasau Babas of Naitasiri and other teams from around the country will surely lift the image and the standard of the games.

“We will have a total of 34 teams for the event and we are anticipating a tough battle from the pool stages.”

Tukana said reviving the 7s event after a lapse of 10 years would encourage youths to fully maximise their rugby potential.

He said the 7s game would also educate the village youths to know the significance of teamwork, discipline and leadership.

“One of the main reasons of having the tournament is to expose the talents.

“We hope that this tournament will encourage youths to revive rugby in the island and for the youth to best maximise their rugby talents.”

Tukana has reminded the interested teams that the first 34 teams to pay their $500 registration fees would be accommodated for the event.

The tournament will be held at Tiliva District School ground from April 27-28.