Tuesday, 19 February 2008 12:46 PM

Rugby Prepares for 2008 Competitions

Line up for this year's rugby competition is yet to be finalized.

Speaking to Solomon Islands Rugby Federation Development officer, Nick Hatigeva said that preparations are in place for this year's rugby games.

He said that apart from the games, the SIRFD office is also looking into proposed tours for the country's rugby squad.

Mr. Hatigeva said that a national sevens tour to Fiji is in place for May.

He said that the game will be a friendly match, which will be followed by another tour in June to Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Hatigeva also stated that the national 15 squad's looking forward to participate in the Oceania Cup, which is to be held in New Caledonia.

"Last year we participated in the Vanuatu games and although we lost, our rugby squad will be part of the games in June," he said.

Meanwhile, the Rugby School of Excellence has been renamed the "Pikinini Rugby", which will target young ones between 6 to 13 years of age.

Interested children will register as of Saturday and Sunday, and training will start following registrations.

Mr. Hatigeva said an open rugby sevens competition will also take place during the Easter break for secondary schools, which will be sponsored by Gold Ridge Mining Ltd.

Rugby league competition for schools will follow suit after the Easter break games.

Mr. Hatigeva said that their office is also proposing a competition to coincide with the country's July independence.

"We are also planning a tour to five provinces, namely Malaita, Makira-Ulawa, Western, Guadalcanal and Rennell-Bellona but the actual dates are yet to be confirmed," he said.

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