Samoa Deaf 7s players keen to get exposure at Oceania meet

The Samoa Deaf 7s rugby team will be using the Oceania Sevens this week to gain exposure in an international competition.

The team is competing in a tournament outside of Samoa for the first time.

Team Manager Manuia Leuii says most of the players have not travelled overseas before.

“It is a massive opportunity for these boys in just exposing them in an environment where other players and even some they always looked up to be around for three days,” Leuii said.

“For them to be involved in the Oceania tournament is a great privilege and a great opportunity for them to be alongside some of the national heroes of the Pacific.”

The team arrived in Fiji on Monday and held their first training session in Suva Tuesday.

“Our players are very excited, some are first timers here in Fiji and others are first timers to leave their country so preparations had been done well from home. The climate is just the same as back home so we are looking forward to game day,” said Leuii.

Samoa Deaf 7s team will face PNG in their first game at 9am (local time) on Thursday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.