I’m ad­dicted to Coral Coast 7s, says TV host

Fiji Sun - - Sport - WAISEA NASOKIA Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.