The 30th Marist International Sevens will experience yet another first this year.
A team from China is set to participate in the tournament scheduled for the 16-17 February 2018.
According to a statement from the Club, a delegation from the China Rugby Union is in Samoa under close cooperation with the Samoa Rugby Union on a fact finding mission to assess opportunities where both countries can fully explore and assist each other in the development of rugby.
“The same delegation met with the Marist St. Joseph's Sportsclub Executive yesterday to finalise their debut in our international sevens tournament.
“China's participation is part of the Club's long term Strategic Plan to provide local players international experience in the development of rugby in Samoa.
“As a developing nation in terms of rugby, China and Marist Club will also extend cooperation in coaching skills as well as events coordination. Welcome China.”