Oceania 7s returns to Fiji in November

FIJI Airways 7s team won the Oceania 7s title in 2018. Picture: NOA BIUDOLE/FILE

THE Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship returns to Suva in November this year.

The tournament which also serves as a regional qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, encourages equal opportunities for Women’s rugby and Deaf rugby across Oceania and beyond.

According to a statement by Oceania Rugby, the Canadian Women’s team and the Japan SDS Men’s and Women’s team will feature in this year’s format including Oceania’s Vanuatu Women’s team, who will feature in their first international rugby outing.

Oceania Rugby General Manager Bruce Cook said in the statement teams such as Vanuatu debuting in the Women’s Sevens for the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships and the Nauru Mens for the Oceania Rugby Cup respectively, is a great step for rugby in Oceania.

“Oceania Rugby continues to build and broaden opportunities for Women in Rugby in he region,” Cook said.

“To have Vanuatu field an International Rugby team for the very first time, exemplifies our commitment to promoting an equal playing field for all in Rugby” he added.

Oceania Rugby Competitions Manager Wayne Schuster said Oceania Rugby is excited about the inclusion of the Oceania Rugby Deaf tournament which will feature International Deaf teams from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

“In our commitment to inclusiveness and providing an equal playing field not only across gender, we will also promote rugby for special needs athletes and this year’s aspirations for deaf athletes will be a milestone occasion for the tournament,” Schuster said.

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