New Zealand ready for Oceania 7s
November 8, 2017 4:05 pm
The New Zealand men’s side is hoping to get some quality matches at the Oceania 7s this weekend.
The All Blacks sevens had a disappointing season in the last World Series and are hoping to turn the tables this time around.
Coach, Clark Laidlaw says the team consists of some experienced players who are looking forward to playing in Fiji.
“I think it is the first time we are here to play a team so we are all excited. Playing Fiji in Fiji will be great if we get that opportunity to play against Fiji. That will be a very exciting game for us.”
New Zealand plays Cook Islands and Nauru in the pool stages of the competition.
Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands side is here to create some upsets when the Oceania 7s kick start in Suva tomorrow.
The team had a disappointing finish at last year’s event when it lost to minnows Nauru but is taking a different approach this year.
Team captain, Roman Tongaka says, there are not many rugby players in the Solomon Islands but the side is hopeful of taking some pride back with them.
“I believe we done enough in preparations and it will give us something that we have come for and we hope to create some upsets against these big teams.”
Solomon Islands is pooled with Australia and Tonga at the two day meet.