Raro Sevens adds value

Thursday November 02, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Oceania Rugby fully supports competition initiatives in the region and acknowledges the importance these various Sevens tournaments have in developing Sevens rugby in the Pacific region.

 

The Marist Sevens in Suva and Apia and The Coral Coast Sevens in Nadi are only a few of such tournaments that have been running for well over 30 years in the Pacific, and have featured many national teams from the region and rugby legends from around the world.

They are part of the region's Sevens legacy which has contributed to the success of our teams over the years.

These tournaments provide a high level of competition, necessary to improve the standards of rugby in the region.

They complement the regional competitions run by Oceania Rugby by providing national teams with competition outside of the international and regional events.

I am pleased to see Raro Sevens take form. The event which will certainly add to a growing inventory of mini tournaments currently taking place in the Pacific. Playing rugby in such a beautiful destination as Rarotonga will be an amazing experience for everyone.

We recently saw the Kingdom Sevens take place in Tonga. This recently, which focused on women’s rugby Sevens, which was fantastic.

The opportunity to play competitive rugby in such beautiful destinations across the Pacific, would certainly draw the interest of many clubs from around the world.

We are seeing more clubs and national teams from Europe travelling to our region, for the opportunity to experience rugby in the world’s strongest Sevens region.

Outside of rugby, these mini tournaments have the potential to generate sports-based tourism which gives added value to the Pacific.

Eventually, the prospect of a Pacific Sevens circuit could well be within our grasp, with legs staged from one island destination to the other – wouldn’t that be great!

            Oceania Rugby Competitions Manager

            Lemalu Wayne Schuster

 

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