25 August, 2009

2010 Suva Rugby Festival

Taken from the Suva Rugby Union Social Network Site

The Suva Rugby Festival in January 2010 will kick off a week of exhilarating rugby action and entertainment with the Suva Rugby Union Invitational 10s Tournament on Monday and Tuesday 18-19 January 2010.

“We have 58 teams affiliated to the Suva Rugby Union,” organizing committee chairman Vilikesa Rauca explained, “and most of the bigger forwards are more suited to 10s so this section will keep them happy before we move to 7s later in the week.”

The SRU Invitational 10s will comprise 32 teams and will be played at Suva’s Albert Park, which forms the focus of the festival before the games kick off at the TFL National Stadium on Thursday 21 January.

Suitably, the Golden Oldies section will also be played at Albert Park, which was the home of Test rugby in Fiji from 1926 to 1948 before international games moved to Buckhurst Park.

“Albert Park carries a significant amount of history for the City of Suva and also the Suva Rugby Union,” Mr Rauca explained. “It has always been the home of Suva club rugby right from the SRU’s founding in 1913, and it hosted Fiji’s first home Test series in 1926 against Tonga as well as the first two Test series against the New Zealand Maori in 1938 and 1948.”

Albert Park is also renown as one of the stopping points for Charles Kingsford Smith when he became the first person to fly across the Pacific in June 1928 in his Fokker FVII monoplane, Southern Cross.

The addition of the SRU Invitational 10s brings to eight the number of rugby categories for the Suva Rugby Festival. It also means that 188 rugby teams are scheduled to participate in the festival in addition to the 64 teams from touch rugby and netball.

Suitably, the Golden Oldies section will also be played at Albert Park, which was the home of Test rugby in Fiji from 1926 to 1948 before international games moved to Buckhurst Park.

The Suva Rugby Festival is the start of celebrations for the SRU’s centenary in 2012. The Suva 7s Series, also organised by the Suva Rugby Union, will comprise three regional tournaments in Suva, Lautoka. Albert Park is also renown as one of the stopping points for Charles Kingsford Smith when he became the first person to fly across the Pacific in June 1928 in his Fokker FVII monoplane, Southern Cross.

The addition of the SRU Invitational 10s brings to eight the number of rugby categories for the Suva Rugby Festival. It also means that 188 rugby teams are scheduled to participate in the festival in addition to the 64 teams from touch rugby and netball.

The Suva Rugby Festival is the start of celebrations for the SRU’s centenary in 2012. The Suva 7s Series, also organised by the Suva Rugby Union, will comprise three regional tournaments in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa from November to January, with the top two teams at each tournament qualifying for the international section of the Suva Rugby Festival.

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