Raka 7s helps in development

Tabadamu’s Samu Bale on attack against Ratu Filise in the cup final of the 2018 Raka 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE 2018 Kinton Raka 7s tournament wrapped up the year of local competitions on a high note unleashing hidden talents into the international scene and grooming young guns for the development of rugby in the country.

The Raka tournament is one of the few major events in the country that attracts all different teams with different backgrounds and preparation with an opportunity to impress national selectors and most importantly get a successful outcome at the end of the tournament.

Tournament director Ropate Kauvesi said they’ve learnt a lot in the past few days and would continue to improve on the tournament operation in general in the future.

“This is the second year of the Raka 7s tournament and we have a different winner this time and that only shows the competitiveness of the participating teams,” said Kauvesi.

“The inclusion of rural teams has made this competition exciting with new talents exposed and giving these teams an opportunity to don the national jumper or join top local clubs.

Former Fiji 7s team skipper Setefano Cakau captained and coached his Tabadamu side to victory on Saturday against a young bold Ratu Filise team.

Cakau said he had his own reasons for his return to local sevens rugby and aimed to fulfil his dream for the future of rugby in Fiji.

“I’m grateful to the tournament organizers for hosting such event that will only develop the local players and I’m back with my club to help these young players achieve something more than just playing in Fiji,” said Cakau.

“I know every single player participating in the Raka tournament or any other competition has that goal to represent Fiji in the world sevens series and I want to help them reach that target.

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