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Fijiana ready for Sydney campaign

Moiz Munif
Saturday, January 13, 2018

THE 12-member Fiji Airways Fijiana side to the 2018 Sydney 7s will be named next Wednesday, said head coach Iliesa Tanivula.

The former Auckland Blues player says their preparation is well in progress.

"Preparation has been good, really intense, work on's from Dubai our fitness something which we are concentrating, also conditioning and other areas of the game to work on our defence, one on one tackles. Awareness overall," he said.

The Fijiana side sits in 11th position in the women's table after the Dubai event. Looking ahead to Sydney, Fijiana will face Ireland, Canada and Russia in the pool competitions.

"We are working on the right track, preparation wise. It has been intense and the response from the girls has been good. "

Asked on what it would require Fiji to finally win their first tournament in the women's division, Tanivula says the day we are able to breach the gap between the club and national team players.

"We just have to be consistent; there are lot of areas firstly having a good backup plan. We have got 15 , 16 very good players and there is a big gap between these players and the club players.

"The gap I am talking about is the fitness, game awareness, skill level and understanding of the game itself," Tanivula said.

"We did not have a local competition but plans by Fiji rugby to introduce women's competition in Skipper Cup which is really good.

"Last year we came 4th we were talking to guys from World Rugby they were really amazed being fourth but there was no competition and it raised eyebrows for them, asking how you guys are doing it."

"There are 15 to 16 players in the squad who have skill level up with the best players in the team and if these players have injuries there will big gap to fill," he said.

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