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Bright Future For Women’s Rugby, Says U18 Coach, Bari

Manasa Bari aims to develop more young female players for national duties. The former national 7s rep was coach of the Fijian girls’ team which finished third in the Oceania
25 Apr 2018 11:00
Bright Future For Women’s Rugby, Says U18 Coach, Bari
Members of the Fijian U18 women’s rugby side at the Nadi International airport on April 24,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Manasa Bari aims to develop more young female players for national duties.

The former national 7s rep was coach of the Fijian girls’ team which finished third in the Oceania Rugby U18 7s tournament at Riverview College in Sydney over the week­end.

“From what I have seen during the tourna­ment we have a lot of promising players,” Bari said.

He said the players did well despite the limited preparation time they had for the tournament.

“The upside is that some of our players are 16 and 17-year-olds which is a good indicator in terms of developing potential players for the future.”

Fiji lost to Australia 34-0 and New Zealand 37-0 in their second and final match.

“We have a lot of positives from the tourna­ment despite the big losses.”

“Some of our players are being exposed to big competitions for the first time. With more development programmes and experi­ence in terms of game time, I really do feel that there is a lot of promise for women’ s rugby in Fiji.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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