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Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, July 04, 2013

FIJIANA coach Timoci Wainiqolo has proposed for an expansion of women's rugby in the country after their success at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia.

Fiji won the Bowl in the women's competition at its first attempt defeating Netherlands 12-10 in the final.

Wainiqolo said the Fijiana team needed to play in more overseas tournaments in a bid to lift their standard.

He said their inclusion in the International Rugby Board Women's Sevens World Series would be ideal.

"I'm really happy with the performance of the players," Wainiqolo said.

"The girls had a long way to go to reach the world cup."

"It was their first time in Russia. The atmosphere was different but they acclimatised to the conditions," Wainiqolo said.

The former national 7s assistant coach said they now had to compete in more overseas tournaments.

"There is a series for women sanctioned by the IRB and I will be holding discussions with the Fiji Rugby Union board to see how we could be included," Wainiqolo said.

"The idea is to also increase the number of clubs in the country.

"We need to expand the game. There needs to be more local tournaments as well.

"At the world cup there were many powerful nations.

"We have to start our development at the grassroots level.

"For the 2016 Olympics we have to start looking for those 19 and 20-year-olds we can groom until then."

"We have to draw up a strategy going forward," Wainiqolo said.