4 Oct 2013

Sport: Solomon Islands fancy chances at Oceania 7s

11:08 am on 4 October 2013

Despite being viewed as rank outsiders, the Solomon Islands believe they are capable of causing an upset at the Oceania Sevens Championship, which kicks off in Suva this morning.

A place at the Hong Kong Sevens and next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is up for grabs for the best placed team outside of Australia, Samoa and Fiji.

The Solomon Islands are in the same pool as Australia, Samoa and American Samoa, with Fiji, Tuvalu, PNG and the Cook Islands on the other side of the draw.

The Acting Vice President, International, of the country's Rugby Federation, Anore Kativerata, says it's been a long time since they last competed in Hong Kong and would mean a lot for the sport back home if they can secure a return.

"I think back, way back a few years back, we've been going to Hong Kong and then this will be a next level to Solomon Islands rugby and we're looking forward to move it on from here. We'll be in as underdogs but we're looking forward to being one of those qualifying teams to go up as far as Hong Kong and so forth. We've got the speed and also our preparation we are well prepared."

The Solomons play Samoa in their opening game, while the first match of the tournament is between PNG and the Cook Islands.