Well done to Rodney Valvoi for winning the trip for two to Fiji, courtesy of Tourism Fiji, after entering the Home and Away competition on LiveSPORT Radio!
WIN A TRIP TO PARADISE
LiveSPORT listeners in New Zealand can win a trip for two (thanks Tourism Fiji!!) to the Bayleys Coral Coast Sevens. Flights, accommodation with breakfast, transfers, tickets to the tournament and more! http://www.radiolivesport.co.nz/CompetitionsPromosEvents/HomeandAway.aspx
DATES FOR 2014
The fifth annual Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens takes place on 13-15 November 2014. Twenty-four men's and 12 women's teams will be invited. Contact sevenspassion (at) outlook.com for enquiries
TOTAL Trophy Tour in Suva
8 November 2013: Don't miss your chance to get your photo with Waisale Serevi AND Ben Gollings on the TOTAL Trophy Tour. Get down to TOTAL Flagstaff on Tuesday at 3pm or TOTAL Lami on Tuesday at 5pm to meet the ABSOLUTE LEGENDS of Sevens. Plus see the trophies that will be won at the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens. Lots of giveaways as well.
POOLS FOR THE CREST NA IRI TROPHY
Pool G: Aussie Pearls, Tribe, Striders, New Caledonia // Pool H: Fijiana, Marist Sea Hawks, Pacific Two Blues, Sydney Fiji Ranadi // Pool J: Serevi Selects, Sunnybank, Central Chiefs, Outrigger
POOLS FOR THE BAYLEYS FIJI CORAL COAST SEVENS
Pool A: Red Rock, Daveta, Ratuva Horse Riding, Sigatoka River Safari Warriors Pool B: Wardens Gold, ITAC2 Yamacia, Hideaway, Tokatoka Pool C: Northern Suburbs, Serevi Selects, Lauli'i Pago, Warwick Pool D: Pakuranga, Police, Outrigger, Wardens Green Pool E: Shangri-La USA Falcons, Naviti, Coastal, Army Pool F: Tribe, Tappoo Tale Babas, Callison Pacific Pine, Ratu Filise
RESULTS FROM THE COASTAL GREAT EIGHT SEVENS
Final: Wardens Gold 27 Police 22 AET // Semi finals: Wardens Gold 24 Daveta 14; Police 17 Tale Babas 14 // Quarter finals: Daveta 15 Tokatoka Resort 12; Wardens Gold 17 Army 7; Police 19 Wardens Green 17; Tale Babas 22 Ratu Filise 0
TICKETS ON SALE 16 OCTOBER
PRICES: Thursday 14 November, first match 12 noon, FREE ENTRY // Friday 15 November, first match 08:30, $10 grandstand, $5 embankment // Saturday 16 November, first match 08:30, $15 grandstand, $5 embankment
HOT COMPETITION AT COASTAL GREAT EIGHT
31 October 2013: Upsets are expected at the Coastal Great Eight Sevens which kicks off tomorrow at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Thirty-two teams have entered the tournament chasing a position in the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens which starts on 14 November, and Tovolea, Coastal Senibiau and Seniboro are among those who will be looking to rock the establishment. "Teams like Tokatoka Resort, Wardens Gold, Daveta and Coastal Ratu Filise should be there or thereabouts as they normally are," said Tournament Director Jay Whyte. "However, I think several new teams could come through as well. "There is certainly a sense of anticipation as these 32 teams, up from 24 last year, really want to win their way through to the 'champion of champions' at the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, which offers a $30,000 first prize."
POOLS DRAWN FOR COASTAL GREAT EIGHT
22 October 2013: An increased number of 32 teams will contest the Coastal Great Eight Sevens in Sigatoka next weekend. Westfield Barbarians, Daveta, Wardens and Army are among the favoured teams in the Coastal Great Eight which starts on Friday 1 November with eight pools of four. The top two teams from each pool return on Saturday 2 November when the action becomes sudden-death as only the winners of the first eight matches progress to the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens on November 14-16 also at Lawaqa Park. The tournament is the final chance for teams to be accepted into the Coral Coast Sevens.
USA CONFIRM TWO TEAMS FOR CORAL COAST SEVENS
18 October 2013: The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens will be the testing ground for future USA Olympic hopefuls, according to national men's coach Matt Hawkins. In a major boost for the tournament, both the shadow men's and women's USA teams have been confirmed for Lawaqa Park on 14-16 November. "Having experienced last yearâ€™s tournament as a player (for Serevi Selects) I had no hesitation in recommending the Coral Coast as part of our development program," said Hawkins. "It is a great opportunity to trial players from the college and Olympic Development Academy systems as there is no better place to learn the game than in Fiji. The team, to be known as the "Shangri-La USA Falcons", will be one of the 24 men's teams in the tournament. Meanwhile, the USA Stars and Stripes, in their first visit to Sigatoka, take on 11 other teams for the Crest Na Iri Trophy. "Our girls are really looking forward to heading to Fiji next month and we expect it to be a real learning experience which will be a benefit for us ahead of the women's world series opener in Dubai," said coach Ric Suggitt.
WOMEN'S COACHES WELCOME CORAL COAST COMPETITION
30 September 2013: Timoci Wainiqolo and Tim Walsh believe the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens will be invaluable for the upcoming international season. Currently preparing for the Oceania Sevens, Wainiqolo, the Fiji national women's coach, has confirmed that two Fijiana selections will play for the Crest Na Iri Trophy on November 14-16. "The opportunity to trial players, combinations and game plans at the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens is very timely ahead of Dubai," said Wainiqolo. "Competing against the Aussie Pearls, the defending champions, and other overseas teams will help our squad for the season ahead. "Plus we can start to blood 19 and 20-year-olds for the Rio 2016 Olympics as other countries are developing the game quickly." The Aussie Pearls' new coach, Tim Walsh, is also welcoming the tournament in Sigatoka. "As the spiritual home of rugby sevens there's no doubt Fiji is a great place and the Coral Coast Sevens is a quality tournament which is excellent for our preparation," said Walsh. "We will be coming both to win the Crest Na Iri Trophy and develop players for the future. "Sevens is such a growing sport with girls transitioning from other sports as well as coming through the schoolgirl tournaments," he continued. "There's some fantastic young talent out there which will be great for everyone to watch in Fiji."
TOTAL TROPHY TOUR DRIVES SEVENS
9 September 2013: The TOTAL Trophy Tour is the feature of a new partnership between Total (Fiji) Ltd, a major integrated oil and gas company, and the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens. Both the I-wau (men's) and Crest Na Iri (women's) trophies will be displayed in TOTAL service stations in the countdown to the tournament on November 14-16. "We are delighted to be a part of the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens as the Fijian market has an unrivalled thirst for rugby sevens," said Managing Director, Sylvain Quemeneur. "With 24 stations in Fiji, and outlets in nine other countries in the Pacific, TOTAL has a strong presence in the region and we share the 'Champion of Champions' vision of the tournament organisers in this new Olympic sport."
COASTAL GREAT EIGHT
4 September 2013: Cola Vina Team Managers Registrations for the COASTAL GREAT EIGHT, which will take place 1-2 Nov 2013 at Lawaqa Park, are now open. Twenty-four teams register and only the GREAT EIGHT will win their way into the BAYLEYS FIJI CORAL COAST SEVENS. Act fast to secure your position and enable your team the chance to showcase why they should be participating at Fiji's premier sevens tournament. Email sevenspassion (at) gmail (dot) com
100 DAYS TO GO
6 August 2013: The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens celebrated 100 Days To Go at a luncheon at Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji. The resort hosted more than 40 sponsors, media and special guests in the countdown to the fourth edition of the tournament on 14-16 November at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Guest speaker Melodie Robinson, the IRB Women's Sevens commentator, said she saw the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, featuring the Crest Na Iri Women's Trophy, as the start of something big. "With the inclusion of sevens on the Olympic calendar and the massive growth in the numbers playing the game and new tournaments popping up then what you are doing here has the potential to be the premier tournament in the South Pacific," she said. "This tournament is special because it is international and set in a country that loves rugby plus the 'champion of champions' format is very attractive. "Fiji is a special place for so many reasons but one of them is the sheer athleticism and flair that Fijians have brought to the game of sevens. The way Fiji has been such a force on the international scene is a real credit to everyone in the country."
CREST NA IRI TROPHY LAUNCHED
5 August 2013: The growth of women's rugby has inspired Goodman Fielder Fiji Ltd to partner with the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens 2013. This year's women's competition, which is expected to feature 12 teams, will be known as the Crest Na Iri Trophy. "Goodman Fielder Fiji has a strategy to support development in Fiji, be it fashion, agriculture, music or sports and we are delighted to link our very own, local and iconic Crest Chicken brand to an internationally-recognised tournament held right here," said Chris Zaayman, General Manager, Goodman Fielder Fiji. "At Crest, we believe in local culture, heritage and tradition and rugby sevens is certainly tradition here in Fiji. Supporting the Crest Na Iri Trophy is a way of showing Crest Chicken's commitment to the development of women's sports." Mr Zaayman said the company was pleased to be joining forces with the premier rugby sevens tournament in Fiji, held at Lawaqa Park on November 14-16. "The tremendous exertion from the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens organisers has taken this tournament from the small islands of Fiji to larger parts of the world," he said. "We congratulate them for creating this platform for women and we're very optimistic that our sponsorship will create a lot more interest for women's rugby ahead of the sport's introduction to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games".
NIVEA MEN PARTNERS CHAMPION SEVENS
26 July 2013: Nivea Men, the global leader in men's grooming, has unveiled a partnership with the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens. Beiersdorf Australia Ltd, the parent company of Nivea Men, announced their support of the 'champion of champions' for the Pacific Rim. "Nivea Men is thrilled to be getting behind this world-class tournament which features the 'best of the best' from the region," said Craig Magnusson, Export / Business Development Manager. "With so many quality teams descending on Lawaqa Park we know the standard of the play will be outstanding and we are delighted to become associated with the national sport of Fiji." "We are very grateful to Nivea Men for supporting this year's Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, which features 24 men's and up to 16 women's teams, and anticipate a long and fruitful relationship," said Tournament Director Nick Jordan. "Nivea Men is an excellent fit for the tournament and we are excited about their plans for both men's and women's rugby sevens." "Nivea Men will be offering two lucky fans the opportunity to win tickets, plus two nights' accommodation, to discover the passion and share in the excitement of this Olympic sport," added Magnusson. "We have a whole range of products to cater for the grooming needs of men and we look forward to showcasing these ahead of the Coral Coast Sevens."
OLYMPIC RUGBY CONNECTS FIJI AND COLORADO
19 July 2013: The Coral Coast of Fiji and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado have grown a little closer through the Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens. The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens in Sigatoka and the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens in Glendale today announced a partnership whereby the winner of each tournament will be invited to the other. "We already share a common bond through Waisale Serevi, the "King of Sevens", and we're delighted to extend that today," said Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon. "The Fiji Islands are known the world over as the spiritual home of Rugby Sevens and the opportunity to be invited to play there will give our teams extra incentive to do well next month." Serevi Rugby has a five-year partnership with Glendale's RugbyTown USA, which takes place on August 17-18, and "the Maestro" is also an ambassador for the Coral Coast Sevens (November 14-16). The Fijian legend, who twice won the Rugby World Cup Sevens, is likely to play alongside world record points-scorer Ben Gollings at Infinity Park next month.
ICONIC COMPANIES RECOMMIT TO SEVENS
12 July 2013: A host of Fijian tourism icons have re-committed to this year's Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens in Sigatoka. Four of the most popular resorts on the coast - Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa, Naviti Resort and Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa - have re-signed as Official Hotels for Fiji's premier sevens tournament on November 14-16. Fiji Airways, the national airline of Fiji, continues its support as the Official Airline while Coastal Rental Cars supplies team buses and other vehicles and becomes the title sponsor of the qualifying tournament which will be known as the "Coastal Great Eight". Meanwhile, the multi-award winning Sigatoka River Safari will also sponsor the tournament, which is now in its fourth year.
CHAMPION CLUBS CONFIRMED FOR CORAL COAST
5 July 2013: Vai'ala from Samoa, Lauli'i (Pago Pago) and Pakuranga United (Auckland) will compete in the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens on November 14-16. The three clubs won their right to compete in the 24-team tournament at Lawaqa Park, the 'champion of champions' for the Pacific Rim, with their performances earlier this year. Consistently one of the best clubs in Samoa, Vai'ala beat Fiji's Red Rock 14-12 in the final of the TMO Marist Pago Sevens in April. Lauli'i Pago won the Bowl at the same tournament and, as the best club in American Samoa, have been rewarded with an invitation to Sigatoka. Meanwhile, Pakuranga took out the historic Middlesex County Wavell Wakefield Trophy, the New Zealand national club sevens championships, in February with a 33-19 win over Covenant Brothers, a local Fijian selection.
BAYLEYS FIJI CORAL COAST SEVENS ANNOUNCED
23 April 2013: Bayleys Real Estate (Fiji) Ltd has teamed up with the Fiji Coral Coast Sevens in a three-year naming rights partnership. The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, to be held on 14-16 November 2013, was announced by Philip Toogood, Managing Director & Partner, Fiji & South Pacific. "As the Pacific's property professionals we are delighted to join forces with Fiji's premier rugby sevens tournament," he said. "Bayleys has grown from a successful family business to one with a staff of more than 1,100 in 60 offices throughout New Zealand and the Bayleys Fiji franchise is a Fiji company. We see the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens as an excellent fit for the company and are excited to be supporting the country's national sport at domestic level where our national rugby sevens stars are nurtured. Bayleys Fiji is a strong market performer in residential, commercial, waterfront and tourism-related property and the tournament's vision to become the "champion of champions" for the Pacific gives us a wonderful opportunity to connect with teams and supporters from overseas as well as locally."
IRB TOTAL RUGBY
Link to IRB Total Rugby feature http://youtu.be/efGqNDZgMNw. For information on the 2013 Coral Coast Sevens please contact sevenspassion at gmail.com
Congratulations to our 2012 Coral Coast Sevens Champions - RED ROCK. The Jasa Veremalua-captained side beat Police 17-12. Jone Macilai scored two tries and Eminoni Batimala one as the Qauia-based side led 17-0 at half-time. Police hit back with tries to former Fiji rep Sakenasa Aca and former Red Rock ace Peni Gaunimeke but the stylish Red Rock side held on to win their second Coral Coast title.
2012 Fiji's Coral Coast Ambassador
Jonah Lomu's plaque is the third to be laid on the Sevens Walk of Fame in Sigatoka, beside Waisale Serevi and David Campese, who was the tournament ambassador last year. "For me, it is quite humbling to be put up with those two greats. In my first year playing sevens in Hong Kong in 1994, I went to meet Serevi in his room and couldn't believe it. The previous year I was sitting in my school dormitory lounge watching him play sevens, so to get to rub shoulders with him now and call him my friend is a dream come true in a lot of ways. With me and Campo, we had a battle over who owns the No11, so it is a great honour and privilege to be recognised and honoured in this way." http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10847909
GOLLINGS JOINS SEREVI
Two of the greatest forces the Sevens world has ever seen teamed up at the 2012 Coral Coast Sevens. Ben Gollings played alongside Fiji's own living legend Waisale Serevi for the Serevi Selects. The team made the Bowl semi finals where they lost narrowly 17-19 to the Hideaway Hurricanes
ABOUT THE CORAL COAST SEVENS
The Fiji Coral Coast Sevens sees 24 men's teams and 8 women's teams battle it out over three magnificent days of sevens rugby. Founded in 2010 the tournament has seen numerous teams competing for the i-wau trophy and prize money with all teams showcasing sevens rugby at its scintillating best. Find out why this is one of the world's fastest growing sports and the Olympics' newest sport (Rio 2016). Discover the Passion and understand why Fiji is considered to be the spiritual home of the sevens game!!
Central Coast Sevens Partnership
BAYLEYS FIJI CORAL COAST SEVENS is pleased to have an association with Australia's Central Coast Sevens. The two tournaments have formed a special association with the winner of each tournament invited to compete the following year at the opposing event. visit http://www.centralcoastsevens.com.au/index.htm