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Emalus Hosts 50th Anniversary Rugby 7s Tournament

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John Miller Kalo, President of the Vanuatu Rugby Football Union (Back row, 4th from left) presenting the USP Shield and prize money to the winners; National Development team.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus campus hosted a 50th Anniversary 7s Rugby Tournament at the Kawenu filed in Port Vila on 24 July 2018.

This initiative by the Campus was part of its wider community engagement to mark the University’s 50th anniversary in 2018. A total of 8 teams participated in the one-day tournament.

In his welcome remarks, Mr Ruben Markward, Campus Director thanked all the teams for favourably responding to the invitation to partake in the event.

He stressed that the objective of the event was to “bring the celebrations of the 50th anniversary to many more of the people of Port Vila, especially those who may have very little or nothing to do with USP so far”.

He explained that, “Through the sport of 7s rugby the University is sharing the celebrations with our community and thereby further informing people about USP, that it is our university, USP is here to serve, hence people should make use of the opportunities provided”.

Mr Markward also acknowledged the Vanuatu Rugby Football Union for accepting USP’s request to sanction the tournament and provide officials to oversee the games.

During the event, USP received very good feedback from everyone, especially the participating teams and officials of the Vanuatu Rugby Football Union (VRFU). They were particularly happy that USP provided higher amounts in terms of prizes for the tournament.

Mr John Miller Kalo, President of the VRFU expressed appreciation on behalf of his organisation and rugby development.

“I thank USP for choosing rugby 7s as the sport to celebrate the 50th anniversary,” he said, adding that he looks forward to such an arrangement continuing in the future.

One of the teams was from USP, comprising students studying at the Emalus campus.

The first prize was awarded to the National Development team which included prize money and the 50th Anniversary Shield.

The Emalus Campus hopes it will better associate with sports like this and undertake awareness in this way.


This news item was published on 26 Jul 2018 10:18:17 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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