Ex-7s Player of the Year Ai'i says aye to SCC event

Ex-7s Player of the Year Ai'i says aye to SCC event

Auckland Rugby Union, who have produced 10 players for the New Zealand All Blacks, are set to participate in the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) International Rugby sevens for the first time.

They will be joined by Hong Kong's Asia Pacific Dragons in the 66th edition of the SCC sevens.

The 20-team tournament, which features some of rugby's biggest names, will be held at the Padang from Nov 1-3.

Led by former International Rugby Board (IRB) World Sevens Player of the Year Orene Ai'i, Auckland Rugby Union will be looking to upset two-time defending champions Daveta of Fiji.

Asia Pacific Dragons, winners of last year's Hong Kong Rugby 10s tournament, are also favourites for the Ablitt Cup, with their star-studded line-up of former and current international players from Fiji, Samoa and Japan.

Two such stars representing the Dragons are Samoa's Mikaele Pesamino and Fiji's Rupeni Caucaunibuca.

Pesamino was the second top scorer in the 2009/2010 International Rugby Board Sevens World Series, while Caucaunibuca was France's Player of the Year in 2006.

Said Caucaunibuca: "I'm very honoured to be coming to the SCC sevens for the first time with the Dragons, and I'm looking forward to playing in one of the best tournaments in the world.

"We are definitely looking to win it."

Hosts Singapore will be represented by an SCC side boasting national players Mohammad Suhaimi Amran, Bryan Ng and Kevin Loo.


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