Oceania 7s championship – ideal testing ground for world series: Cama

Tomasi Cama in action for New Zealand during his heydays. Picture: ZIMBIO

THE Oceania 7s Championship in Suva next week will be the ideal testing ground for teams preparing for the 2018/2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Defending Oceania 7s champion Fiji, with Australia and New Zealand, are part of the core teams which will be battling for supremacy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

New Zealand 7s assistant coach Tomasi Cama, who arrived in the country earlier in the week to participate in the AccorHotels Fiji Race to Survive to Cure Kids event, said it would be a cracking start to the 7s season.

Cama said the 2018/2019 world 7s series would be tough because it served as the qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“The series will always be tough and we are fortunate to be here next week with the New Zealand team playing in the Oceania 7s with Fiji and Australia doing their preparations for the start of the new 7s series,” Cama said.

“It will be a cracker of a season because it is going to serve as the qualifier for the Olympics.”

The 2018/2019 series starts with the Dubai 7s from November 30 to December 1.

Cama Jr believes Fiji Rugby Union is heading in the right direction with its development plans.

He said the Fiji Drua NRC title win was a testament.

“From what I have heard and what I have seen, the development is from the baseline,” Cama Jr said.

“When you watch the U20s, they did well in their tournaments. The Fiji 7s team has been doing well and the Fiji Drua won their tournament as well.

“It shows that something is going well behind the scenes.

“I think it is the progress going in the right direction.”