17 Nov 2011

Sport: Niue back with sevens big boys

11:05 am on 17 November 2011

Niue say despite being up against it they wont be holding back on their return to the World Sevens Series next week on the Gold Coast.

Niue qualified for the season opening tournament by finishing fourth at the Pacific Games in New Caledonia.

Coach Ric Tagelagi says the majority of their squad is New Zealand based, which helps to co-ordinate training's and save on costs.

He says facing New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya in their pool is daunting but they're planning to take it to them.

"We just got to go out there and have a crack at these guys and just try and get a little bit smarter. The other thing of course is that because we don't go to many sevens tournaments we don't play many tournaments for our guys to adjust. Now that we're starting to get a few around the 16 year old age group from Niue so we've just got to try and develop those guys and the guys who are already there now will have to work a little bit harder."

Ric Tagelagi says funding is a constant struggle for Niue and a significant funding boost from the International Rugby Board needs to be looked at to help them close the gap with bigger nations.