The Marist Sevens team in last years tournament
By Maria Uaita
APIA: TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2015: Marists International Sevens (MIS) is hoping that their dream to be part of the International Rugby Board Sevens tournament would be realized in the next five years.
Marist International Sevens Director and General Secretary, Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun, says the club has been working towards building capacity and development of the club in the hope that by the next five years, that dream would be realized.
The club is gearing up for the 27th MIS tournament next weekend which will see 32 teams competing for the trophy.
“More teams are participating in the event this year,” said Seumanu.
“In 2011, only 16 teams participated according to the limitation laid down by the Club,” said Seumanu.
However, that number was extended to 24 in 2012/2013.
The club has further extended the number of teams to 32 this year.
Seumanu says the number of competing teams is expected to be extended to 48 in the next 3 years.
This year, the teams include 3 teams from New Zealand, 1 from Fiji, 1 from American Samoa and 27 local teams.
Seumanu said the Marist International Sevens plays an important role in the development of Samoan rugby and the player pool for the selection of players to represent Samoa in international tournaments.
Two international referees, Rasta Rasivenghe of South Africa and James Bolabiu of Fiji join forces with the local referees to oversee the tournament which will be held from the 26 to 28 February 2015 at the Marist grounds, Lotopa.
Moata’a Club was the first team to win in 1988 and Vailele Club is the defending champions.
Fiji is the only overseas team to have won the tournament twice. The Fiji Cavaliers won in 1995 and the Fiji Global Barbarians won in 2002.
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