Samoa to host 2011 Oceania Sevens Championship
The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) today announced that the Samoa Rugby Union will host the 2011 Oceania Sevens Championship to be held in Apia on the 28th & 29th of October. The Oceania Sevens Championship is also the Regional qualification tournament for the HSBC Sevens World Series where the Member Unions of FORU compete to join the Region’s core teams – Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa – at selected legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands qualified for the Adelaide and Wellington legs of the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series on the back of their performances at the 2010 Oceania Sevens Championship in Darwin, Australia. Tonga also qualified for the Hong Kong Sevens after finishing 3rd in Darwin.
The Prime Minister of Samoa and Samoa Rugby Union Chairman, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is delighted that Samoa will be hosting some of the best Sevens teams in the world in October. “We are extremely excited at the opportunity to host the Oceania Sevens in 2011. Our region boasts four of the top six teams in the IRB World Series together with others, such as Tonga, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and Niue, that have continuously proven their ability to upstage even the best teams in the world” he said.The Prospect of witnessing these teams in action at Apia Park will be an immense source of excitement for the Rugby loving people of Samoa. We look forward to delivering a World Class event, worthy of the World Class teams and athletes we will host.”Samoa Rugby Union CEO, Su’a Peter Schuster, believes the popularity of sevens in the Region reflects the success Oceania Unions have had in recent times.
“The Oceania region is the most competitive Sevens region in the world, which ultimately reflects the popularity Rugby Sevens enjoys within the Oceania Region. Hosting this year’s Oceania Sevens in Apia will therefore be just reward to the Rugby faithful in Samoa, whom have enjoyed and supported the great strides our Sevens team have made over the past two years” said Schuster. "We look forward to contributing towards promoting and expanding the Oceania Sevens brand in the region as the stepping stone for all Oceania Unions to aspire to during the HSBC Sevens World Series and importantly, Olympic gold in 2016. “ The FORU Member Unions are American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. ceania Sevens Championship Tournament Director, Michael Groom, says that the Samoa Rugby Union has a proven track record in hosting major International Rugby events and will deliver an outstanding tournament.“In recent years, the Samoa Rugby Union has hosted Rugby World Cup qualifiers, Women’s Rugby World Cup qualifiers, Rugby Sevens World Cup qualifiers, the Pacific Nations Cup, Pacific Rugby Cup and the Oceania U19 Championship – they have an excellent event management team and they will deliver the Championship to a level befitting the quality of the teams that will be participating” Australia are the defending Champions after defeating Samoa 34-12 in the final of the 2010 Oceania Sevens Championship