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Bavatu's prayer answered

Arin Kumar
Saturday, August 30, 2014

THE last time Times Sport interviewed her earlier this year; Josephine Bavatu said she wanted to represent Fiji in the sport of women's rugby.

Earlier this month, the prayers of the Australia-based player was answered when she was named in the Telecom Fijiana extended training squad.

Hailing from Naroi in Moala, Lau, Bavatu said she had been trying hard to make it into the 12-member squad for the Hong Kong tournament next month.

The tournament is qualifier for countries that want to become a core team on the 2014/2015 IRB Womens Sevens World Series.

Bavatu plays for the Sydney Ranadi in Australia and has also played rugby league and said she wanted to help the Fijiana become a core team on the women's series.

"I have been training hard for the past six months trying to get into top fitness level for the team and I am excited to be part of the squad and would really try and be in the top 12," she said.

"I bring in a lot of fitness, skills, technique and strength given my background in rugby and rugby league."

Bavatu said the Hong Kong tournament was a great opportunity for the Fijiana to qualify into the top flight in a bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

"The Fijiana team has a great chance to qualify and become a core team on the women's series and it would also boost our chances to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics."

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