Seven is our lucky number

by Andy Bryenton

Dargaville is set to host yet another top rugby fixture at Pioneer Rugby Park on November 9, as the men’s and women’s Northland sevens tourney rolls into town for a day of fast-paced action.

“We’ve been working behind the scenes for a while now to bring bigger games to Dargaville,” says Northern Wairoa Rugby spokesperson Chris Fife.

“It’s a way to make an impression, promote the sport, and furthermore, give some added value to our sponsors and supporters.”

The tourney is just one of many throughout the nation, aimed at selecting a Rugby sevens squad to contest the national trophy.

Sevens legend Eric Rush will be out there on the day scoping out skilled players, looking for that combination of quick thinking, tight fundamental skills and of course, a real turn of speed. “This is a proper stepping stone to the Northland Sevens squad, and who knows how far promising players may go from there,” says Chris.

He adds that events like these are self-sustaining, bringing in more interest and hence allowing clubs to advance their plans.

“We’re working on our facilities here, looking at the big picture ahead,” he concludes. A tournament like this in Dargaville is a great sign for the future, as well as great entertainment on the day!” To catch all the action plan for an early start on November 9, with games happening all through the day until late afternoon.