BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE Solomon Islands national sevens teams was drawn into Pool E of the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament that gets underway on Friday at the Suva ANZ Stadium in Fiji.
The national 7s side will play against Cousteau Rugby Savusavu, Niurua Creative Delta Uprising and Sawani Brothers Bua.
The compositions of the teams that will face Solomon Islands have a makeup of top 7s players in Fiji in them.
The Solomon Islands national 7s is in Fiji at the moment for the Marist 7s with the main aim is to get exposure through rubbing shoulders with the best of the Fiji rugby sevens.
The national 7s coach, who is also from Fiji, Alivereti Mocelutu said the players were hoping to show what they were capable of during the two-day competition.
“We are here to expose our players as they play against some of the best clubs in Fiji,” the former Flying Fijians No.8 said
Mocelutu indicated that the players were physically and psychologically prepared to play.
“I want to test these players as they take on some of best sevens players in Fiji.” he said
“We played in the Solotuna 7s tournament, which was a build-up to the Marist tournament, one of the biggest tournaments in the Pacific region.”
Manager Philip Campbell said two players in the team would be going to play in Australia next month.
“They are Elvis Made and Taibo Iro who are in our under-18 squad. We are sending them to play in Brisbane,” he said
The national 7s team participated in the Soltuna 7s held at Laucala in Suva last week and finished fourth.
Another Solomon Islands rugby club, Islanders Brothers is also in Fiji at the moment for the same tournament.
They are drawn into Pool 14.