April 01, 2021
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Pacific 7s teams prepare for Olympics

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics is getting nearer and three Pacific Island teams will feature in a sevens invitational tournament which ramps up preparations towards the Olympics in Wellington next weekend.

Radio NZ revealed that Takiwhitu Tūturu will feature eight men's and women's teams in the two-day competition.

The Tonga and Samoa Invitational sides will take part in the men's tournament alongside two All Blacks Sevens teams, while a Moana Pasifika squad will feature in the women's competition with two Black Ferns Sevens teams and a Black Ferns 15-a-side selection.

The Tongan squad will travel to Wellington with their head coach Tevita Tu'ifua while they had been playing regularly in various tournaments across the North Island, including five matches against the All Blacks Sevens and a Fiji Barbarians team in February.

The Samoa men's invitational team will include a mixture of New Zealand-based players and almost some of their players have previous playing experience in the World Sevens Series.

There are chances for the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens teams to play a series of exhibition games on either side of the Hurricanes v Crusaders Super Rugby match next Sunday.

Tonga and Samoa were scheduled to compete in the final men's Olympic qualifying tournament in Monaco in June and Samoa and Papua New Guinea to contest the women's event.

By Romeka Romena

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