28 Jun 2013

Sport: Tonga sevens team looking for positive end to tough year

10:18 am on 28 June 2013

The Tonga rugby sevens team is hoping to put a season of disappointment behind them at the World Cup in Moscow this weekend.

The Kingdom had plans on earning a core team spot on next year's World Series but bowed out at the final hurdle in London.

Coupled with the Union's financial woes, head coach Eddie Waqa says it's been a tough build-up.

"Most of our focus was in London because, you know, we wanted to get back into one of the core teams and we know we didn't make that. Especially for all the problems that we're facing here in the Kingdom, Especially financially, because of our preparation, it's really been hitting us hard all the time, when we get prepared for all the big tournaments. But we've put that all behind us, we've come up with a good team, physically we can be there and compete against Fiji and Wales and Uruguay also."

Tonga play Pacific rivals Fiji first up, with Samoa and Zimbabwe kicking off the tournament on Friday evening.