By Taromane Martin
TWO local rugby referees will create history for the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) today when they officiate in 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s competition in Suva, Fiji.
SIRUF in a statement said this is part of their program to make sure rugby officials in the country get exposer and experience to help develop their career.
“Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation has not only send the National 7s side to Fiji for exposer but also sending 2 upcoming match officials to officiate in 3 Sevens tournaments in Suva, Fiji,” the statement said.
“Nicholas Saosogo and Augustine Mafuara have learnt a lot from the exposers and officiating in high level of playing sevens in Suva, tomorrow both match officials for the first time will officiate in the Marist 7s.
“This will be a new experience for our match officials and definitely a pathway SIRUF sees important to develop match officials in Solomon’s,” the statement adds.
The local rugby federation encourages more young boys and girls to take up rugby match officiating because they need more to officiate in HRUA, SIRUF organized events, provincial competitions and foremost attend to Oceania Rugby and regional tournaments.
Meanwhile, the 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s competition will start today in Suva, Fiji.
The Marist 7s competition is a traditional and international competition held in Suva, Fiji. The competition attracts clubs, provincial and national 7s teams around the region.
A total of 82 teams will compete over three days using three pitches. The competitions will end on Saturday.