Pacific Rugby Cup 2010- on the horizon
People of the Pacific adore rugby, in fact it is right up there with food and religion as their most loved subjects on earth.
With this in mind, the excitement of the new generation of future rugby stars of Samoa, Fiji and Tonga are about to be propelled onto the international scene. These proud nations will put their development teams up against each other in the 2010 Pacific Rugby Cup.
Starting on May 6th and running till the final on the 28th, the competition will kick off with home derby’s in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. After round one all teams will be based in Fiji for the remainder of the contest.
This will replicate global tournaments like a RWC, and give the squads plenty of time to train and stake a claim for higher honours. If these young men want to make Rugby a career, here is the first of many stern tests along the way.
Up until now raw talent alone has seen them carve up club rugby, soon they will have to attempt their moves against some astute hunters and tacklers at the next level.
Samoa enters Savaii Samoa and Upolu Samoa in the competition, both teams are named after the 2 main Islands in Samoa. Upolu is the largest, but in 2009 the smaller Island of Savaii took them to task & showed sized doesn’t matter. With the dominant success of the Samoa team in the recent IRB Sevens Series, they are sure to be a force. The Sevens squad has all come from the home playing fields, stocks are bulging and the next in line men have a chance to shine.
Tonga bring Tauuta Reds & Tautahi Gold to the party, Ex All Black powerhouse number 8 -Isatola Maka has been giving guidance to their training. He is like a super hero to these men and his presence, as well as wisdom will ignite more of their natural power. Renowned for forward play, Tonga don’t muck around, they quickly let you know that this game is physical. Obtaining this momentum is phase one, once on the front foot they will be compeditive.
Fiji have the Fiji Warriors and the Fiji Barbarians, they will be both playing at home and will be keen to impress the vocal crowds, as well as Flying Fijians head coach Sam Domoni. The reigning champions are the Warriors and they will have to live up to their name to defend this precious piece of silverware. Rugby is a hard game anywhere, but if you are ever going to perform it will be with the wind of your home crowd cheers behind you. This is a huge year for the Fijian teams and they must deliver.
Over the past 3 years each country has tasted success, 2007 saw Upolu Samoa holding the PRC trophy, in 2008 Tautahi Gold took it off them, and in 2009 it was the Warriors from Fiji that claimed glory. This shows how difficult it is to stay on top and with this history we may be in store for a new champion in 2010.
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