THE National Sailing Centre in Laucala Bay, Fiji, hosted the 21 captains on Thursday ahead of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships starting at 11am today at ANZ Stadium, Suva.
Papua New Guinea Women’s will be hoping new coach Paul Tietjens will be able to steer the team to another HSBC Women’s World Series qualification berth and continue to momentum built from their appearance at the 2018 RWC7s in July.
Husband and Wife team Ben and Crystal Kaua will be pitted against each other for the first time at the Regional Tournament with Ben coaching the Cook Islands Women’s team and Crystal recently appointed to coach the New Zealand Women’s team
Teams outside of this will be vying for qualification to the upcoming 2018/2019 HSBC Word Sevens
Series and 2018/2019 HSBC Word Sevens Series legs in Hamilton (January 26 – 27, 2019), Sydney (February 2 – 3, 2019) and 2020 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong (April 5th – 7th, 2019).
In the Men’s Championship the highest placed non-core team at the Oceania 7s will qualify to the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the 2018/2019 HSBC Word Sevens Series and also to the 2020 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong. The second highest place non-core team at the Oceania 7s will earn a place at the 2020 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong.
In the Women’s Championships the highest placed non-core team will qualify as the invitation team to the 2018/2019 HSBC Word Sevens Series Legs in Sydney and qualify to the 2020 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong.
All Matches will be live streamed on the Oceania Rugby Facebook page (outside of Fiji and New Zealand). In Vanuatu, VBTC will broadcast live through the Television blong Vanuatu ‘TBV’, the Oceania Rugby Sevens.