I’m addicted to Coral Coast 7s, says TV host
Australian Fox Sports Other Rugby Show host Sean Maloney had his first taste of Fijian rugby at the Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, which was held early this year. And now with the 2017 tournament, just 100 days away, he is excited as it is shaping to be bigger and better with special thanks to the involvement of some key players.
“I can tell you after getting my first taste at this year’s tournament, I’m addicted to the Coral Coast 7s,” he said yesterday. “As a newcomer to this event back in January, I was blown away by the names it drew in. “The Australian women’s sevens coach Tim Walsh brought his side to town with the view of hardening them. He told them that when it gets tough in Rio, they should think back of playing the Fijian girls in Sigatoka, with everyone coming at them. Eventually it worked and seven months later the Australian women’s team were crowned Olympic gold medallists. “This tournament played a role in that happening and I shouldn’t have been surprised but I was seeing Ben Ryan at Lawaqa Park running his eyes over a number of players who had already represented Fiji in the World Series. Some of them went on to claim their country’s first ever Olympic medal in August. Gold in Rio for Fiji and just like it did for the women’s Aussie side this tournament played a part in that success.” The tournament will be from January 18-21, next year at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua