The Marist Sports Club as organizers of the Vailima Marist Samoa Sevens starting tomorrow, was challenged today to bring back the calibre of the sport.
The challenge came from the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union when he received the 32 teams competing in this Vailima Marist Samoa Sevens, given a backward slide in the Samoa’s Sevens performance in the IRB circuit.
“You have to set that standard once again,” said Tuilaepa.
The challenge issued was for Marist to provide better players for Samoa’s national sevens team.
“Our Manu Samoa sevens proving to be a pain and their performance is like those of a new rugby team just starting out,” said Tuilaepa.
As the President of Samoa’s Rugby Union, Tuilaepa spoke of the Manu Samoa’s poor performance and that he hopes the Rugby Union will pick the best players in this coming tournament.
He said two important legs of the IRB tournament are coming up in Hong Kong and Japan.
“We need to pick the best from this weekend Marist tournament to represent Samoa in the upcoming IRB legs,” said Tuilaepa.
“Be active and play fearlessly and put on the Marist spirit,” he challenged
He also encouraged and challenged team coaches and management select wisely and only those who have hearts to play to win, and not just for the sake of representing Samoa in the blue jersey.
Tournament starts tomorrow with 32 teams competing with three teams from New Zealand, one from Fiji and one from American Samoa.
The tournament will be at the Marist grounds, Lotopa where the tournament started 28 years ago, as the Apia Park is under major renovations for the Manu Samoa – All Blacks test in July.