30 Jan 2007

Change for the start of Rugby Sevens street parade

11:24 am on 30 January 2007

The traditional street parade to kick off the Wellington leg of the IRB sevens series will not start at the Parliament building grounds for the first time in eight years.

The reason given by the Sports Minister Trevor Mallard is because to hold it on government grounds would mean hosting the defending champions Fiji.

However, Fiji coach Waisale Serevi, says his side is not fazed by the decision and they have other important things to worry about.

"We can't do much like I said, we support the government of the day the Minister of Sport for what he has and we wish him well, and we wish everyone well, the players who are here and the supporters they will enjoy."

Meanwhile, tournament director Steve Dunbar, says they didn't mind changing because Fiji is an important part of the Wellington sevens.

Yes they are they've won the Wellington tournament previously, they're the defending champions, consistently do well in the Sevens tournaments right throughout the world, and theyve got a huge following in Wellington, so I'm sure there'll be a lot of Fijians in an around the street parade and in and around the tournament cheering for their side.