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Tough pool in China

Arin Kumar
Sunday, March 30, 2014

FIJIANA coach Iliesa Tanivula is wary of the teams his side will face at the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in China next month.

The Telecom-sponsored national women's sevens side has been drawn in pool B with series leaders Australia, England and Ireland for the event that will be held on April 5 and 6 in Guangzhou.

Tanivula, who is filling in for Timoci Wainiqolo, said the pool games would be tough but a good experience for the girls.

"I was looking through England and Australia and how they play and they are both good sides," he said.

"Ireland is also in our pool and they are an unpredictable side."

Australia has won the Dubai and Brazil legs of the series and finished third in the United States.

England won the plate in Dubai, finished seventh in United States and fourth in Brazil while Ireland finished 11th in Dubai and Brazil and 12th in the United States leg.

Fiji only participated in the Dubai leg where they won the bowl final after beating France 14-10.

Tanivula said they were looking forward to playing in China against the three teams.

"There has been a good response from the girls in training and we look forward to the pool games which will a good experience for the girls."

Meanwhile, Australia-based Leonie Burnes was named in the 12-member travelling squad while her sister Lailanie was named in the non-travelling reserves.

The team departs on Monday.

Fijiana: Pricilla Siata, Leonia Burnes, Asinate Savu, Ana-Maria Roqica, Rusila Nagasau, Elina Ratauluva, Timaima Ravisa, Litia Naiqato, Rusila Tamoi, Luisa Tisolo, Akosita Ravato.

Non-travelling reserves: Roela Radiniyavuni, Lailaine Burnes, Viniana Riwai.

Coach: Iliesa Tanivula.

Manager: Selita Koroi.

Physio: William Kwoong

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