High profile Chiefs loose forward Liam Messam is set to launch an Indigenous Sevens tournament in Cambridge next month.
The Messam Indigenous Sevens (Mi7’s) will be held at Memorial Park in Cambridge on February 21st.
The single-day tournament focuses largely on ethnicity, with the goal to have several ethnic based teams ranging from not only Maori and Pakeha, but also Fijian, Samoan, Tongan, and even Europe nationalities like the Welsh.
The tournament will take place just a few days after the Chiefs second regular season Super Rugby matchup against the Brumbies in New Plymouth (February 18th) and Messam has already signalled his intention to play the early rounds of the competition unlike a lot of other All Blacks around the country.
Messam also has a boxing match on January 31st in Sydney as part of the SBW/Chauncy Welliver undercard.
Messam has some big time sevens experience, including double gold medals with the New Zealand Sevens side at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
The Mi7’s will feature four divisions: Open Men’s, Open Women’s, U20 Men’s, and U20 Women’s.
Each category is limited to eight teams and $20,000 in prize money is up for grabs which will be split between the four divisions with each winning team receiving $5,000.
Entry to the Mi7’s will cost $380 per side and entry forms can be accessed through the Waikato Rugby Union.
The tournament will also see Messam, now days one of the more high profile All Blacks, return to his native club of Hautapu.