Tau­ranga scores sevens event

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Car­men Hall news@baynews.co.nz

Tau­ranga is gear­ing up to host the TECT Na­tional Sevens tour­na­ment at Tau­ranga Do­main in De­cem­ber.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Strate­gic Part­ner­ships and

Spe­cial Projects man­ager David Pearce says 28 teams will take part and it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for the city.

For the last five years the game had been held in Ro­torua but when the union re­tendered for the event it sug­gested Tau­ranga as the new lo­ca­tion.

“We wanted to freshen up the tour­na­ment and try a dif­fer­ent city and an­other time­frame.

“Ro­torua al­ways had it in mid Jan­uary which has been a real chal­lenge to get peo­ple off the beach and off their camp­ing hol­i­days to watch some rugby.

“But we think we have an ab­so­lutely ideal week­end in mid De­cem­ber to get the crowds.”

The na­tional tour­na­ment had at­tracted 28 teams, in­clud­ing 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s team that would play 78 games over two days.

The Tau­ranga Do­main was a great fa­cil­ity, Pearce says, and sup­port from TECT, the com­mu­nity and the coun­cil had been fan­tas­tic.

“Peo­ple can come along and en­joy the fes­ti­val of rugby.”

“It’s a very fam­ily friendly event. Wewill have lots of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids and good food and bev­er­age op­tions.

“Hope­fully we’ll also get some lovely weather.”

PHOTO/GETTY IM­AGES

Masirewa of Bay of Plenty makes a break dur­ing the Bay­leys Na­tional Sevens match be­tween Auck­land and Bay of Plenty at Ro­torua In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium on Jan­uary 13, 2018 in Ro­torua.

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