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Talica Vodo aims to retain Fijiana spot

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, January 06, 2014

TALICA Vodo is no Iron Lady. But when it comes to power play, she is the best of the lot.

The 27-year-old Fijiana player who is aiming to retain her spot in the national side, is leaving no stone unturned during the off season training in her bid to achieve that goal.

Times Sport caught up with Vodo at the National Fitness Centre in Suva earlier last week where she was sweating it out during one of her daily training routines.

"I train with the team on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the remaining days of the week I spend it in the gym," the Togabula in Batiri, Nadroga native said.

"It has been a very challenging festive season for me but I have managed to overcome the temptation and take time out to train to remain fit for the upcoming season."

Vodo started playing rugby in 2008 with the QVS Blues women's team and made her national team debut the same year.

She initially started in the playmaker's role but can also play at rover.

Vodo has been a regular in the national team since her debut and has represented the country in a number of tournaments, including the Women's Rugby World Cup 7s.

Most recently, she played at the Oceania 7s and the Dubai leg of the Women's IRB 7s series.

"I have become a better player through the experience I have gained with Fijiana in the international tournaments," she said.

"The aim is to become better in the years to come."

Vodo rates playing in the Women's RWC 7s in Moscow, Russia last year as her finest with the national side.

She hopes to be part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which the Timoci Wainiqolo-coached side is working on to qualify.

"Right now my aim is to be part of the Fijiana side for the China leg of the women's series which will be held in April."