SATISFIED with the performance of the Fijiana rugby team, mentor Timoci Wainiqolo has called for more local competition to further improve Fiji's performance.
He made this comment after his arrival with the team at Nadi International Airport yesterday.
This, after the side dethroned world champion New Zealand, winning 17-10 in the semis at the Oceania competition in Australia but lost to the host in the final. Wainiqolo saluted his troop for the job well done despite lack of competition on the local scene.
The former national rep said the team had the potential to become the best in the game provided the girls played more competitive local competitions to mould a champion team.
"To beat New Zealand was a huge ask from the girls and I thanked the players for defying the odds to beat the world champion," said Wainiqolo.
"New Zealand and Australia are professional teams — they have all the facilities needed to mould a winning team.
"And unlike Fiji these two countries have many women rugby competitions. This is something we need to address in Fiji.
"We should expose our girls to many competitions as this is the only way to identify good players. It would be good to include women's rugby in the weekly 7s competition played in Fiji."
When asked of the team's winning recipe against New Zealand, Wainiqolo said: "I told the girls before the game to show the people of Fiji that they are selected for a reason."
"I told them that the New Zealanders are just human beings and can be defeated. This psyched up the girls to turn the tables against New Zealand which had earlier defeated us during the round robin games.
"I am proud of the players and I thank the Almighty God for his guidance and blessings."
Wainiqolo said the next assignment was to prepare a good team for the Dubai 7s next month. He said he needed more competition to select the best team for the IRB 7s tournaments.
"We will be playing in three IRB 7s tournaments and players have been urged to stay fit," he said.