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Aotearoa Maori Women To Defend Roma 7’s Title

Aotearoa Maori Women To Defend Roma 7’s Title

After taking on and beating Europe’s best teams in Rome in 2010, the Aotearoa Maori Women’s 7’s Team has been invited to return in 2011 as the top seed and, major drawcard for the Roma Seven 2011.

“It is really exciting to be going back to defend our title at what is fast becoming the top women’s seven’s tournament in the world”, said Aotearoa selector/coach, Peter Joseph. “Our presence again this year is creating considerable interest, with more than 14 national teams and several invitation teams vying for the seven remaining places in the tournament.

The tournament, held at Rome’s impressive Stadio dei Marmi on 2nd, 3rd, & 4th June has attracted interest from current world champions Australia, along with 2009 inaugural tournament winners, England. Last year, Aotearoa Maori beat Euro champions Spain in the semi-final and France in the Championship final.

“The media coverage that we receive in Europe as the Aotearoa (NZ) Maori Women’s Team is amazing and, people cannot seem to get enough of the cultural aspect of the team”, said Joseph. “There are already requests for media interviews when we arrive in Rome”, he said.

Funding is always an issue, and the team is now looking for financial support/sponsorship.


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