Digicel Samoa Takes Naming Rights Partnership for 35th Marist International Rugby 7s


Saturday, 27 May 2023, Apia Samoa. Digicel Samoa is thrilled to announce its partnership as the naming rights sponsor for the 35th Marist St Joseph’s International Rugby 7s tournament.

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With a sponsorship amount of $55,000 tala, Digicel Samoa supports the esteemed Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club in preparing for the upcoming International 7s tournament set to run over three days from June 8th to 10th at the Apia Park Stadium.

The sponsorship was sealed at a presentation to the MSJ Sports Club President, at Digicel’s SNPF Plazza head office.

The sponsorship that takes the naming rights of the prestigous Marist International rugby 7s tournament marks the beginning of an exciting collaboration between Digicel Samoa and Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club.

“This partnership aims to strengthen the local rugby community and foster the growth of sports in Samoa,” said Fia’ailetoa Pepe Christian Fruean, Chairman of Digicel Samoa.

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Fia’ailetoa said the company is
proud to announce its role as the naming rights sponsor for the prestigious Marist St Joseph’s International Rugby 7s tournament.

“Digicel Samoa acknowledges the importance of rugby and Marist’s role in building community spirit, youth development, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. We are thrilled to support Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club and our sponsorship demonstrates our dedication to the local community and
rugby excellence.”

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Marist St Joseph Club President, Pouniu Peter Schmidt acknowledged Digicel’s support and said it will go a long way to help them continue their work to develop Samoa’s local talent and host the upcoming tournament at international

“We are humbled to partner with Digicel Samoa to ensure we deliver the best results for our 35th
International 7s tournament..

“Marist has long used this event as a vehicle to support and advance
our grassroots development programmes in sports and create pathways towards professional career opportunities in rugby for our young girls and boys..

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“After 35 years, we have been
recognized as leaders in this sport with direct requests from our neighbouring countries to participate in our annual tournament,” he said.

This year’s tournament features teams from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and American Samoa.

A noticeable high-caliber team that will be coming is the Fiji development 7s team which will have at least six players who played in the recent World Sevens Series.

From Australia, Samoan Dietrich Roache is expected to be travelling with his local club, the Western Sydney Two Blues.