Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU
In a pulsating men’s final New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initaitive with a converted try to make it 7-5 at half-time. Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.
Fiji captain Nasoni Roko was delighted with the result, “We worked very hard this week to ensure we were ready and coach Ben Ryan has done a good job with the boys. We knew New Zealand would be very physical and they are always hard to beat. Luckily we have some good talent and in Niko we have some very fast speed out wide.”
New Zealand will now come face to face with Australia in the Oceania sevens tournament to reign in the region. Photo: IRB
For the first time in the tournament’s history, the All Black Sevens are set to compete in Oceania’s regional Sevens competition.
The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has announced that the 2014 Oceania Sevens will be played on 3-4 October, alongside the Noosa International Sevens on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
All Blacks play Samoa in 2008. Photo: Sky Sports
New Zealand will play a Test match in Samoa for the first time next year in preparation for the Rugby World Cup, according to reports.
The NZ Herald have revealed that an agreement is in place to stage the fixture probably in late July next year.
The NZRU has come under huge pressure to play a Test for the first time in the Pacific Islands, after recent matches in Hong Kong and the upcoming clash against the USA in Chicago this November.
Local youngsters show their excitement at the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup in Fiji. Photo: IRB
The Webb Ellis Cup started its visit to Fiji on June 26 for the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
On the first day of the Tour, the Trophy was given a traditional Fijian welcome by pupils from Ratu Navula Secondary School in Narewa, Nadi, before visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giants.
The Tour, which is being delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL – two long supporters of the Game and Rugby World Cup 2015 Worldwide Partners – will see Rugby’s most coveted prize visit 15 countries over the next 12 months as part of a celebration of Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and Cardiff.