BURNABY, BC: The largest International rugby 7s tournament in Canada, and second largest in North America, is coming to Burnaby.
The Vancouver International Rugby 7s Serevi Invitational will be staged in Burnaby on July 21-22, 2012.
The fourth annual event (first three staged in Abbotsford) is expected to draw teams from a host of countries.
“We are currently in negotiations with several countries and international teams for the 2012 International 7s,” said Douglas Okero, tournament president. Some of those countries and teams that have shown interest are United Kingdom, Samoa, Fiji, Uruguay, Kenya, Cayman Islands, Netherlands, USA and Tonga.
The full compliment of teams competing will be known early in the new year.
Rugby 7s is one of the fastest growing sport s in the world and has been awarded a spot in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Similar International tournaments are staged annually in Hong Kong, Fiji, Japan and Las Vegas.
“I am very pleased we will have the opportunity to host the International 7s tournament—the largest rugby 7s tournament in Canada,” said Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan. “This will be a great opportunity to showcase this up and coming sport in our region and to all citizens to have an up-close look at these exciting players.”
Lending his support to the tournament also is Waisale Serevi, the flying Fijian, widely acknowledged to be the finest sevens player of all time. Now a coach, his company, Serevi Rugby, located in Seattle is focused on developing and promoting rugby worldwide through youth camps, high-quality coaching and training programs.
The Vancouver International rugby 7s tournament is divided into four divisions—International Men (invitational), Elite Men and Women (club teams) and Youth (18 years and under).
Winner of last year`s International title was the Fijian Ambassadors. Old Puget Sound won the men`s Elite crown while Burnaby Lake won their third consecutive women`s title.
The Hilton Vancouver Metrotown will be the official headquarters for the tournament.
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