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The Telecom Fijiana 7s team members from left; SiteriTabua, New Zealand-based Raijeli Uluinayau and Brittany Coates and Iliseva Gukirewa at the HPU Gym in Suva1 yesterday.Photo: Rama
January 13
07:56 2015

Telecom Fijiana’s Brittany Coates aims to go on every tour representing Fiji.

And Coates is already working on her fitness as she vies for a spot on the Fiji team at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Brazil on February 7-8.

“If I made the team it would be amazing because I want to go on every single tour,” Coates said.

“I’m very happy and privileged to be able to be given the opportunity to represent Fiji again. I have been doing my own training back home (New Zealand).

“I always want to improve on my fitness because you can never be fit enough for 7s as that is one of the main components.

“One thing I’ve been working a lot on is my passing, making it a little bit faster on both sides.

The Waikato-born native knows it will not be an easy task for her or her teammates as Fiji is pooled with Brazil, Australia and China.

“I think we have a good pool having the host country Brazil with Australia and China, but I don’t want to look too far ahead,” the 21-year-old said.

“I still have a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do to make the team to Brazil. So for me and also for the rest of the girls it will just be step by step, ticking off little goals in these next two weeks and hopefully making the 12 to go to Brazil.”

For Coates, who previously played netball and touch rugby, playing 7s tournament has given her an experience unlike anything she has felt before.

“Stepping out onto the field is definitely a different feeling, especially when we played in Dubai in front of more than 50,000 people in our Plate final against England-that alone is the ultimately feeling, it’s just amazing.

“You run out onto the field and it’s so overwhelming and it’s almost like you have to block everything out and just focus on what’s going on in the field.

“You get an adrenaline rush, it’s a feeling that you cannot get anywhere else.

“There is a process and procedure you do in order to reach that stage. You don’t just play just like that and so every day you are training and making sure you get enough sleep and eating the right foods, its prepares you and also disciplines you.”

And being accepted into the team fairly quickly has driven her even more to work hard.

“The players are such a great bunch of girls, they are so easy to get along with and very accepting of me.

“That was probably a big thing for me being accepted into the team and for me I just feel like another player.”

Coates has been juggling sports and also school at the same time as she is doing her Bachelor of Science, majoring in nutrition and psychology at Massey University.

“I want to finish my studies, that one thing I have been aiming for this year. And while I’m playing I’m still studying online, doing summer school at the moment while I’m here.

“I want to graduate and make all of the tours and help our team finish in the top three, I’d love that.

“The ultimate goal for us is to qualify for the Olympics so that means making the top four at the end of this circuit. I believe we can do that and I’d love to play a role in us achieving that.”

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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