Photo: Oceania Rugby Fiji celebrate winning the 2016 Oceania 7’s title The men’s and women’s tournaments were hosted at ANZ Stadium in Suva last December and will both return to the Fijian capital until at least 2019.A record 21 teams are set to contest the 2017 Championships, including 13 men’s teams and eight women’s sides.New Zealand will also enter teams in both the men’s and women’s competition for the first time in three years.The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Bale Tuitubou, said the Fiji Government was delighted to secure hosting rights for another three years.”We see this as building on the outstanding success of our rugby teams in the Olympic Games last year and supporting the bid by the FRU (Fiji Rugby Union) to host a leg of the Sevens Series here on our doorstep,” he said.”We hope that home ground advantage will help our teams out-perform all our visitors, including the defending Olympic women’s rugby champions”.Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor thanked the Fiji Government for its support and said hosting the Oceania event will boost the country’s chances of hosting a World Series leg in the future.”With FRU’s announcement that it will be bidding for a leg of the HSBC World Sevens from 2020, the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship will give our country a great opportunity to build our hosting credentials over the next three years,” he said.”And our players will relish the chance to compete against world class teams in front of a home crowd.”The tournament will be held in early November, a month before the start of the new World Sevens Series in Dubai.
As the weather forecast carries warnings of a cold snap, many Irish drivers admit that they do not feel confident on the roads during snow and ice. New research suggests nearly three in four Irish drivers (74%) do not feel confident when driving in poor weather conditions. Just one in five Irish drivers said they feel that Irish roads are equipped to deal with weather such as ice, snow, strong winds and fog.The RED C Research data for Liberty Insurance found that ice on the roads and snow have the strongest negative impact on confidence amongst drivers: less than half (43%) of all drivers are confident driving in snow, while just over a third (35%) feel confident operating their vehicle with ice on the roads. The research found confidence levels when driving in such conditions to be lowest among young drivers, females and those living in Munster. 80% of surveyed drivers below the age of 30 said they were not confident about bad weather driving and just 15% of drivers said they feel adequately prepared to drive in inclement weather following the successful completion of their driving test.Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, said: “This nervousness in driving in poor weather becomes all the more concerning in light of the anticipated freezing weather conditions later in the week. The Met Office is predicting temperatures to fall to between -2C and 1C from Thursday onward. This means icy roads, particularly in the north and west of the country.“We are therefore calling on all drivers to be aware of their surroundings especially in adverse or wintry weather conditions and exercise their best judgement when travelling.”Deirdre shared the following advice: “Before driving in poor weather, check your tyre pressure and tyre treads. Ensure all lights are working and that you have sufficient levels of anti-freeze coolant and screen wash in the car. “Once on the road, in case of poor visibility, allow additional space between you and the vehicle in front of you, avoid overtaking, and remain extra vigilant for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.”Three in four drivers admit to nervousness on icy roads was last modified: December 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)