Creating a 7s storm

One of Hideaway Hurricanes upcoming players, Peni Batirerega in an earlier tournament. Picture: ERONI TUINUKU

THE Hideaway Hurricanes rugby 7s team continues to develop young talents in the lead-up to the Raka 7s tournament next weekend.

The Coral Coast-based resort team that emerged at the local rugby arena eight years ago, has stamped its name as a feeder to national level and international clubs.

Coached by former national rep Peniasi Damu and trained by utility Nadroga and Fiji 15s and 7s team backline Sirilo Lala, the team has done a lot in improving the standard of players in the country and a perfect example would be Olympic Games gold medallists Jasa Veremalua, Kitione Taliga and Apisai Domolailai.

Lala said rugby was not only about winning, but improving the standard of local players to pursue a better rugby future.

“Playing rugby 7s takes patience and determination, especially grooming young talents into a team to become the best,” Lala said.

“That is what Hideaway Hurricanes has been doing in the past years and this year, we will groom more young players and expose them in big tournaments,” Lala said.

“Hideaway Hurricanes bred the likes of overseas based Nemani Nagusa, Peni Ravai, Flying Fijian Alivereti Veitokani, Fiji 7s rep Amenoni Nasilasila and many more.

“We will take the Raka 7s tournament as a stepping stone for young players to be recognised by national selectors and international scouts.”

Hideaway Hurricanes lost in the second elimination of Raka 7s last year after they thrashed their opponents in the pool games and the first elimination.

The Raka 7s will be on November 30 to December 1 in Suva.

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