Vanuatu national men’s 7s head coach Morrison Dansey is impress with the depth the players have as they prepare for the much anticipated Oceania 7s tournament which will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on November 7-9.
Head Coach Morrison Dansey said; “ So far i’m pleased with the boy’s preparation, there are two boys who are yet to join us in two days time,” Dansey said.
The national team had a trial session with Efira rugby club last Saturday to do their own assessment in terms of their strength and conditioning and skills level.
“Hopefully, after today’s session (last Saturday) we are able to identify areas that we need to work on and improve the tournament.
“The players have been putting in a lot of hard work for their skills and it has improved.”
Vanuatu is aware of the challenge they will face against the Oceania 7s powerhouses which includes Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Samoa.
But to be one of the best in the Oceania Dansey believes there is a good depth of players in Vanuatu and it needs to be scouted and groomed by having local 7s tournaments.
“For development we need to have more local 7s tournaments so players can prepare and improve skill level.”
The tournament which also serves as a regional qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, encourages equal opportunities for Women’s rugby and Deaf rugby across Oceania and beyond.
Oceania Rugby Competitions Manager Wayne Schuster said Oceania Rugby is excited about the inclusion of the Oceania Rugby Deaf tournament which will feature International Deaf teams from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
“In our commitment to inclusiveness and providing an equal playing field not only across gender, we will also promote rugby for special needs athletes and this year’s aspirations for deaf athletes will be a milestone occasion for the tournament,” Schuster said.
Schuster added that the prospect of this year’s tournament being an Olympic Qualifier will ensure that this year’s Sevens tournament will be the most competitive to date.
“The unprecedented presence of non-regional teams traveling across the world to participate in our regional event reflects the prestige and respect the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship holds,” Schuster said.
The tournament draws that will comprise of both the International and Olympic section, will be played concurrently with the initial stages of the draw in the Olympic section designed to satisfy the required International Olympic Committee and World Rugby Olympic Qualification criteria before the sections merge for the overall Oceania Rugby Sevens crown.