Day one of the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship has seen plenty of fantastic Rugby from across the region at ANZ Stadium in Suva Fiji today. In the Women’s Competition New Zealand and Australia went through undefeated on day one, meaning that New Zealand will meet tournament hosts Fiji in the Championship Semi Finals and Papua New Guinea will take on defending champions Australia. In the Men’s Competition Fiji, New Zealand and Australia emerged undefeated from day one setting up what will be some exciting Championship Quarter Final clashes for day two.
VANUATU v TUVALU
In the Mens Championship Quarter Finals Australia will take on Papua New Guinea (11.00am), New Zealand will meet American Samoa (11.20am), Samoa will play arch rivals Tonga (11.40am), Fiji play Cook Islands (12.00pm), the Solomon Islands will battle it out with Vanuatu (12.20pm) and Nauru will play New Caledonia (12.40pm). For the top finishing teams for both Championships outside of the core HSBC Sevens World Series sides’ there is the extra incentive of qualification for the Commonwealth Games, Sevens Rugby World Cup and HSBC Sevens Series legs. Oceania Rugby Competitions Manager, Wayne Schuster said, "Today we saw a fantastic spectacle of Rugby from across the Pacific with some brilliant Rugby from our region on display." “With Commonwealth Games, Sevens Rugby World Cup and HSBC SWS qualifications on the line, tomorrow’s matches take on extra meaning at ANZ Stadium, Suva and I encourage all fans to come down and enjoy the celebration of Rugby from across the pacific.”
For more photos from Day 1 please click here.
The full tournament draw can be viewed here and an outline of the Championships finals can be found here