Second Annual 2012 Hawaii International Rugby Sevens announced

Hawai’i Gov. Neil Abercrombie lending support, gave a Proclamation for the first 2011 inaugural rugby 7s tournament. Abercrombie is pictured in this undated photo with Hawaii International Rugby Sevens officials. The first tournament had teams from Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, California, Washington, New Zealand, the Big Island and Oahu, and was held Dec. 16 - 17, Kapiolani Park. [photo: HIR 7s]

HONOLULU —After a successful launching of the first 2011 inaugural Hawaii International Rugby Sevens (HIRS), the tournament committee recently announced the opening of applications for the 2012 tournament, which will be held in Honolulu, on December 15, & 16, 2012. IRB 7s rules are applied and a team of IRB certified referees from the mainland USA will officiate the tournament.

Players from across the Pacific came to Honolulu to participate in the First Hawaii International Rugby Sevens tournament at Kapiolani Park during two exciting days of competition on December 16-17, 2011. The Deadwood Rugby team from Australia beat the Kona Bulls in the final game by 27-10 to take home the Championship Cup.

Teams and players representing Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, California, Washington, New Zealand, the Big Island and Oahu competed for supremacy in the inaugural competition. Mitch Walton from the Deadwood team was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The 'wonder from Down Under' consistently made breaks every time he touched the ball. His blonde locks earned him the nickname 'Bieber' and made him an instant crowd favorite.

According to Deadwood captain Scott Podmore, “The competition was awesome and we will definitely be back to defend our title.”

IRB certified head referee Michael Gadoua (also an attorney) who headed the team of referees from California who officiated the tournament echoed the same sentiment and was pleasantly surprised with the level of competition that was truly international.

Applications can be obtained via Email: hiir7s@gmail.com

— or by writing to —Hawaii International Rugby Sevens, P.O. Box 89505, Honolulu, Hawaii 96830, Tel. (808) 637-3530

Source: Hawaii International Rugby Sevens media release


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