Win­less Nauru Happy Out­ing

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De­spite not win­ning any game in the Oceania 7s Cham­pi­onship, Nauru is happy with their out­ing this year. A coun­try where AFL, bas­ket­ball and weightlift­ing dom­i­nates, rugby is slowly draw­ing the in­ter­est of lo­cals. Team man­ager God­wyn De­bao said the tour­na­ment has been a ma­jor boost for the sport in their coun­try. “The Oceania 7s has been re­ally great for the play­ers,” De­bao said “We just started rugby back in Nauru a cou­ple of years ago and it has been slowly build­ing. “There is a lot of im­prove­ment from this tour­na­ment com­pared to last year’s tour­na­ment and we are re­ally happy with that con­sid­er­ing all our play­ers are lo­cally based.

“Just be­ing here is a big boost for the team. Back home there is a lot of ex­cite­ment and cheer­ing, the peo­ple are happy with our per­for­mance. “We are hop­ing our boys par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour­na­ment will draw in more in­ter­est from the lo­cals back home be­cause we can­not grow this sport on our own.

“We do not have proper fa­cil­i­ties so hope­fully things change with our par­tic­i­pa­tion here. “We will def­i­nitely take home the ex­pe­ri­ence that we have gained here and hope to build up on it.

“So hope­fully, next year, we can come back big­ger and stronger.” Nauru lost all four of their games to Pa­pua New Guinea (29-5), Fiji (73-0), Amer­i­can Samoa (17-5) and Tonga (34-5). Edited by Osea Bola

Nauru team man­ager in­ter­view

The Aus­tralian women’s rugby 7s team af­ter beat­ing the Tele­com Fi­jiana in the fi­nal yes­ter­day. Photo: Jone Lu­ven­i­toga

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