Nawaka Sevens focused on building the grassroots of the game of rugby

Nawaka Sevens focused on building the grassroots of the game of rugby

THE Nawaka Rugby Club is focused on helping grassroots rugby and that's what their tournament will showcase on March 1 and 2 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. The Fiji Bitter-sponsored Nawaka 7s will see 64 local teams battling it out for the prestigious title. Club president Mataiasi Nabau said they hosted 104 teams in the past. "Fiji Bitter always believes in helping grassroots rugby. That is why the Fiji Bitter Marist and Nawaka 7s are the only tournaments that recognise this vision and have been organisers to some massive 7s tournaments in the world in yester years," he said.

THE Nawaka Rugby Club is focused on helping grassroots rugby and that's what their tournament will showcase on March 1 and 2 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

The Fiji Bitter-sponsored Nawaka 7s will see 64 local teams battling it out for the prestigious title.

Club president Mataiasi Nabau said they hosted 104 teams in the past.

"Fiji Bitter always believes in helping grassroots rugby. That is why the Fiji Bitter Marist and Nawaka 7s are the only tournaments that recognise this vision and have been organisers to some massive 7s tournaments in the world in yester years," he said.

"The traditional belief in 7s lies in these two tournaments and the reason is that we need to recognise the untapped talent that is still out there."

Nabau said it was sad to see most of the 7s organisers in Fiji had moved away from these big traditional 7s tournaments that Fiji was renowned for.

He said inviting international teams gave opportunity to overseas coaches to study our game plan and beat us at the International Rugby Board 7s series.

"We only play hosts to eight or 16 local teams to play these overseas teams at a big loss to us even though we win these tournaments with ease," Nabau said.

"Where are the rest of the 104 clubs that can participate? The answer is that they cannot play because they do not qualify and realistically it slowly kills the sport.

"We need to go back to inviting all village rugby clubs and not restrict to the elite eight clubs in Fiji who have proven themselves already."

Nabau urged people to come out in numbers and witness the finest 7s skills at its best.

Westfield Tokatoka Resort Barbarians will defend its title this year. The winner will receive $20,000.