Lautoka 1 top seeds for Fiji TV 7s Underline 10 November, 2011 Defending Fiji Provincial 7s champions Lautoka 1 have been installed as top seeds in the opening tournament of the Fiji TV 7s – the Sigatoka 7s – which kicks off this Saturday at 8:00 AM at Lawaqa Park along Fiji’s holiday shoreline - the Coral Coast. Second seeds for the tournament are Naitasiri 1 in Pool B while the other seeded teams are Tailevu 1 in Pool C, Vatukoula 1 in Pool D, Northland 1 in Pool E and Nadroga Yellow in Pool F. 

Seedings for the tournament which officially kicks off Fiji’s domestic 7s season were based on performances from last season as Fiji Rugby Union operations manager Vilikesa Rinavuaka explains. 

“As much as possible we’ve tried to base the seedings on how the teams performed during the Fiji TV Provincial 7s Finals back in February,” Rinavuaka said. 

“Unfortunately not all the teams who made the Finals back in February have made it this time around, for instance teams such as last year’s runners-up Namosi 2 and Cakaudrove will not be participating which means we’ve had to move teams up the seedings.” 

“However all things taken on board the pools look very even,” Rinavuaka added. 

While many of the usual suspects, such as the teams from Lautoka, Nadi, Suva, Naitasiri and of course Nadroga, are keen to claim the $7,000 first prize money, the Fiji TV 7s Series welcomes a newcomer into its ranks this season in the form of island team – Koro. 

“It’s always such a thrill to have new teams come on board because it’s an opportunity for showcasing new talent and that’s what’s so exciting about a team like Koro as they bring with them a little of the unknown to a tournament that’s full of local stars.” 

Hoping to also add excitement to the tournament are Fiji’s women players who will compete in a round robin competition as well as teams from the Fiji Indo-Community. 

“We’re determined to keep our women players very much in the spotlight as we all look forward to the Olympic Games and the potential both our men and women’s teams have in performing on arguably international sports greatest arena.” 

“We’re also keen to bring the Fiji Indo community into the game not merely by being supporters but by being active playing members and the 7s game is a great tool to achieving this,” Rinavuaka said, adding “though I suppose we all look forward to the day when there will be no need for a separate competition as the Fiji Indo community will have integrated fully into the game at all levels.” 

Northerners, Macuata, get proceedings underway on Saturday when they meet local boys Nadroga White in the opening clash at 8:00 AM. Ticket prices are $5 for the grandstand, $3 for the embankment while children under 12 years enjoy free admission on the embankment.
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2012 extended national training squad named 28 November, 2011 
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Vunibola to start at Gold Coast 7s 24 November, 2011 
Fiji Indo squad named for Fiji TV Nadi 7s 24 November, 2011 
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Europe - maximizing returns 21 November, 2011 
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Kenatale joins Barbarians for Wallabies Test 17 November, 2011 
Baravilala appointed FRU CEO 15 November, 2011 
Fiji Rugby announces Digicel Fiji 7s squad for Gold Coast 14 November, 2011 
Naitasiri claim's Sigatoka 7s 12 November, 2011 
The coaching merry-go-round 11 November, 2011 
Lautoka 1 top seeds for Fiji TV 7s 10 November, 2011 
Fiji drawn with New Zealand in Gold Coast 7s 08 November, 2011 
Dere appointed Digicel Fiji 7s head coach 07 November, 2011 
The Jubilee Time Capsule 04 November, 2011 
Development 7s team returns from Vanua Levu 03 November, 2011 
Kunatuba appointed Oceania Women's Rugby Development Officer 03 November, 2011 
Lee Smith's Coaching Corner - Where to from here? 02 November, 2011 
Younger generation taking their chances 01 November, 2011 
Media Advisory - Western Under 18 and Under 19 players 01 November, 2011 
Media Advisory - Eastern Under 18 and Under 19 players 01 November, 2011 
Women and Fiji Indo for Fiji TV Sigatoka 7s 01 November, 2011 
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