Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The still unknown Pacific Coast Grizzlies squad went 0-3 on Day 1 of the Uprising Fiji International 7’s Tournament. The USA used this tournament last year as a warmup and springboard to a great four tournament stretch. The tournament is now taking place as the team just begins their assembly to prepare for the next two tournaments on the HSBC World Series.
Taking their place this season in Fiji is the Pacific Coast Grizzlies, although according to the Fiji news sources they are going by the name of the US Grizzlies. Pacific Coast or US, the Grizzlies had a rough go of it on Day 1 of the tournament.
Played at the TFL National Stadium in Suva, tournament organizers are hoping to draw the eye of the IRB and put Fiji in a position to host a stop on the World Series in the future. The tournament has pulled in some major talent both on and off the field with international sides from New Zealand, Samoa, and France in the field. New Zealand 7’s Head Coach Gordon Tietjens is also on hand helping coach Digicel Matai and 7’s legend Waisale Serevi on the playing roster for Matai.
The Grizzlies were drawn into a tough pool that includes tournament favorite Samoa… yes, the Samoan national team playing under the name Samoa Baa Baas. The Grizzlies struggled against Samoa falling by a score of 40-5. The team followed the loss with another lopsided loss against Red Rock from Fiji 31-5. The Grizzlies final pool opponent was Fijian Provincial side Nadroga who had nearly knocked off Samoa earlier in the day. After two one-sided losses, the Grizzlies played hard before falling to Nadroga 19-14.
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Pools for the Uprising Fiji International 7’s Tournament