Samoa is getting ready to celebrate its 52nd year of Independence next week, in style.
This weekend, the celebration will kick off in a most fitting way –with rugby. On Thursday, the inaugural Samoa Independence International (S.I.I.) Sevens tournament will kick off at Apia Park with the Under 20s.
A day later, the main competition will field 48 teams in 16 pools of three, including three teams each from Fiji and American Samoa.
Organiser and Chairman of S.I.I. Sevens, Tole’afoa Stephen Schuster, said this is the first time an event of this calibre has been held in Samoa.