2012 Hawaii International Rugby Sevens Tournament set for Dec. 14-15

Hawaii Pacific Rugby Federation (HPRF) is proud to announce the Second Annual Hawaii International Rugby Sevens Tournament to be held in Kapiolani Park, Oahu on Friday December 14 and Saturday December 15, 2012.  Starts at 10:00 am on both days.

There will be teams from all over the world participating this years tournament vying for the Hawaii International Trophy, plus Cash and Prizes.  The last years 2011 champion, an all star team from Australia called Deadwood Rugby team will again defend their title in this years tournament.  American Samoa will be represented by an all star team from Nuuuli Rugby Club, led by Wayne Wilson.  The reigning local Hawaii Sevens Champ, the Hawaii Marist Rugby team will stakes its reputation on the line as Hawaii's premier rugby team.

According to Dan Sataraka, tournament chairman, in the era of professional rugby, this type of tournament will undoubtedly provide opportunities for Pacific rugby players.   More polynesian and island rugby players make a living now in rugby than the NFL and soccer combine.  According to MacKay Schwenke, tournament director, many Ivy League schools and Universities offer rugby scholarships, for our youth to fulfill their academic aspirations for higher education. Rugby is the second largest spectator sport in the world after soccer.  The recent 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was estimated to be watched by 4 billion viewers worldwide in over 100 countries and is a perfect opportunity for Hawaii to take advantage of such exposure for tourism purposes.

The emerging popularity of Pacific island nations in this Rugby World Cup year, and Sevens rugby in the US proved to be the ideal for Hawaii to host the tournament.  It is the largest 7s rugby tournament in Hawaii.  As a tourist mecca, Hawaii is emerging as the ideal venue for international sports in the Pacific.  Sports tourism is a multi billion dollar industry and Rugby is now the fastest rising team sport in the US and pose to have a huge economic impact in Hawaii.

The Hawaii International Rugby Sevens Tournament will observe the rules that are utilized in the current IRB HSBS 7s World Series.

A team of IRB-USA Rugby  certified referees will officiate the tournament.

Hawaii International Rugby Sevens Tournament will be televise by Hawaii Rugby TV.

For more information on the tournament:

Email: HiIR7s@gmail.com

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