Fiji Times, Fiji Sun Online and Fiji TV, among others, have all reported on the Raka 7s International tournament, which launched on Thursday.
Invited are a total of 64 teams, including the Cook Islands, Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. However, so far only 11 teams have registered, with Solomon Islands being the lone international team.
Held at the ANZ stadium in Suva, Fiji, from the 24-25 in November, the competition lures men and women’s teams with a grand prize of $25,000.
“We thought of channelling back the fusion of our love for rugby to our communities with the thought of the COP23 theme which keeping our environment clean,” said former Fijian manager and tournament director Ropate Kauvesi, speaking to the Fiji Times.
“The total prize-money is $51,000, whereby the men’s cup winner gets $25,000 and the winner for the women’s category gets $5000.
“However, the breakdown of the cash prizes for other finalists will be announced later.”
Tickets will be available from October 20, 2017 and the registration for men is $500 and $300 for women. Entries close on October 31.
“The two-day event will also be declared “Plastic Free Venue”, paying homage to Fiji’s commitment to our environment,” Kauvesi said.
CINews was unable to contact Cook Islands Sevens staff to confirm the accuracy of the reports or whether they had received an invitation.