Lami clan backs 7s tour­na­ment

Fiji Sun - - Sport - PAULA TUVUKI paula.tuvuki@fi­jisun.

De­vel­op­ing the com­mu­nity holis­ti­cally is the main pri­or­ity of the newly in­tro­duced Navakale­caleca sev­ens rugby tour­na­ment for this year. For­mer Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice of­fi­cer, To­masi Dau­ni­tutu, is the brain be­hind the tour­na­ment, which is to be held from July 22-23. He said the two­day event would be the first of its kind to be or­gan­ised by a mataqali in the vil­lage of Lami. “The amount of tal­ents around the com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing the vil­lage is huge and this event will also shed light to some of those un­ex­posed tal­ents,” Dau­ni­tutu said. “For the past years, Lami has pro­duced first class rugby play­ers who have made a name for them­selves around the coun­try and the world as well. Re­cently, youths have been led wrong paths, drop­ping out of the school sys­tem, be­ing pushed away by par­ents and the so­ci­ety with no mo­ti­va­tion for their fu­ture bet­ter­ment.” He said the tour­na­ment would give them some­thing to work for.

“If the likes of Aporosa Dau­ni­vucu, Dan Li­gairi, Kini Murimuri­valu Ju­nior, Niko Verekauta and Vi­naya Waka to make a name for them so can they.” Money raised from the event will be for­warded to the com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for Mataqali Navakale­caleca. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua This is the first Navakale­caleca 7s tour­na­ment to be held on July 22-23. 32 teams will be ac­com­mo­dated for the tour­na­ment and the en­try fee is $280 per team. Win­ners will pocket $3000 cash. There are also prizes for other cat­e­gories as well. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact To­masi Dau­ni­tutu on 9943019, Ti­moci Nailati­wai on 9096165 or Mere­ani Kar­avak­ibau on 9292717. Email:

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