Tuvalu here to learn 7s

Members of the Tuvalu national 7s team during a training session at the Sand Dunes in Sigatoka. Picture: SUPPLIED

Members of the Tuvalu national 7s team during a training session at the Sand Dunes in Sigatoka. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Tuvalu rugby 7s team is on a mission to move from being a tier three rugby nation to tier two when they play in the Paradise Beverages-sponsored Marist 7s which will be played this weekend in Suva.

Tuvalu’s strength and condition coach Louis Uluibau said the tournament had given them an opportunity to better their skills and rugby techniques.

“Marist 7s is one of the biggest tournaments and we are a tier three team in the World Rugby sevens series and for us by taking part in the Marist 7s we will go automatically to the tier two,” he said.

“The players have prepared well for the competition and we are not taking any team lightly and it will be a very good learning experience for most of my players.

“There are new players in the team for the Marist 7s and they are eager to rub shoulders against the other teams.”

Uluibau said it was an ongoing process for the team to get better.

“We have played a few matches with the Police team and Samurai Barracudas last week and I have seen the potential in the players as they are slowly getting there with the other teams,” he said.

“The players are getting skilful with more games they play.

“I have noticed a big improvement in some of the players and they would be my X-factor in the Marist 7s.”