The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens has been rescheduled to January next year due to renovations at Lawaqa Park.
Fiji's premier rugby sevens tournament was to have taken place on October 29-31 at its home in ‘Rugby Town’ however will instead be on 14-16 January 2016.
Founding Chairman, Jay Whyte, says the government-funded renovations bring a number of benefits to the tournament.
"An upgraded Lawaqa Park augurs well for us in attracting the highest calibre of teams to our shores," said Mr Whyte. "We are already considered by many to be the premier Sevens in the South Pacific - men's and women's - and these improvements will only assist our vision of being the 'champion of champions' in the region.
"Further, Fiji's national coach, Mr Ben Ryan, has given his 'thumbs up' to the new date, as it offers his boys a good hit out in advance of the Wellington Sevens (29-30 January 2016), and we are excited to be the opening event at the new Lawaqa Park."
The revamped Lawaqa Park features a new roof over the grandstand while the playing surface is being replaced to international standard. Work commenced this week and will be finished in December.
The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, founded in 2010, has previously attracted teams from New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Tonga, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and the USA as well as the best of the best from Fiji. Police are the defending champions having beaten Daveta 38-10 in 2014.
"Our expanded qualifying series, which starts in August, will continue and we will maintain our valued partnerships with the Central Coast Sevens (NSW, Australia), the Independence Sevens (Samoa) and the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens (USA)," continued Mr Whyte. "We will also continue to raise the bar with overseas referees and international media and introduce a youth tournament for the first time.
"We are all excited by the opportunities as they present themselves and we look forward to another successful event in January 2016."
The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens is sponsored by Bayleys Real Estate Fiji, Goodman Fielder (Fiji), Outrigger Beach Resort, Telecom Fiji Ltd, Fiji Chemicals, Higgins, BLK, Uprising Beach Resort, Tourism Fiji, Lawhill, Coastal Rental Cars, Bedarra Beach Inn, Gecko's Resort, Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa, Fiji Hideaway Resort, Evergreen International, Hot Glass Fiji, Mana Graphix, Go Advertising, Formscaff, Davui Printery, Rainbow Cool Tech and the Coral Coast chapter of the Fiji Hotel Tourism Association.