15 Jan 2009

Niue to attend Wellington sevens leg after three year absence

11:41 am on 15 January 2009

The President of the Niue Rugby Union says while Sevens continues to keep evolving as a game his side will be competitive at next month's

IRB World Series tournament in Wellington.

Niue has qualified again after three years absence from New Zealand's capital and Toke Talagi says they back themselves despite being placed in a tough pool alongside New Zealand, Australia and Wales.

Toke Talagi whose also the Prime Minister says the game has moved on and other top flight teams have closed the gap on the champions New Zealand.

"And it's now other countries who are showing the same adeptness if you wish in adjusting, and we hope to emulate that as much as possible, but given the fact that we're only going to be there for one tournament it's going to be extremely hard, but we're going to give it out best shot and we hope that the fans in Wellington will appreciate what we are trying to do to improve our ability to compete internationally and support us."

And the teams for the Adelaide sevens has been announced.

Japan, Portugal Tonga and the Cook Islands have been named to compete alongside the 12 'core' Series teams on 3-5 April.

South Africa will travel to Adelaide as defending champions after they memorably brought an end to New Zealand's 47-match winning streak to beat them in the Cup final and claim the 2008 title.

Tonga and the Cook Islands will make their first appearance on this the sixth leg.

Tonga and the Cook Islands will also compete in the Wellington leg, while Tonga goes onto the World Cup in Dubai after qualifying last year.