Rugby League

Fiji Bulikula Opts To Keep Low Profile

“We aim to build a good environment around our team as our local players and the Australian- based players are meeting for the first time.
19 Jun 2019 18:13
Fiji Bulikula Opts To Keep Low Profile
Vondafone Fijian Bulikula during their photo shoot in Sydney, Australia on June 18, 2019. Photo: NRL.com

The Vodafone Fijian Bulikula Women’s rugby league side are working hard to gel with their Australian- based- team-mates as they prepare for their first ever Test match.

The Bulikula take on Papua New Guinea’s Orchids on Saturday in Sydney, Australia.

Bulikula team manager Jacquline Shannon said they have a huge battle ahead of them considering rugby league is PNG’s national sport.

“This match is a milestone for women’s rugby league in Fiji,” she said.

“It’s special because they will be in camp with their Fijian Bati brothers to prepare for the tests.

“We aim to build a good environment around our team as our local players and the Australian- based players are meeting for the first time.

“Their connection will be the foundation of us going out on Saturday and performing to the best we can.”

“PNG are a tough side, they have played at the World Cup and also featured regularly against the Australia PM’s XIII side.

“We know we have a huge battle ahead of us.

“The average age of our team is about 18 to 24,” she added.

The Fijian Bulikuka coach Adrian Vowles has announced his 18-member squad.
Bulikula- Timaima Ravisa, Roela Radiniyavuni,  Patricia Raikadroka, Tanika Marshall, Limaina Wai, Teaghan Hartigan, Sereana Naitokatoka,  Canecia Sims, Ateca Leiyamo, Analei Netzler,  Talei Holmes, Josephine Maejiirs, Jiowana Sauto, Vilisi Vakaloloma, Losena Qiolevu,  Merewairita Nai, Asena Rokomarama, Eloise Vunakece.

Head Coach: Adrian Vowles; Assistant Coaches: Peni Tubakibau, Linda Shannon and Grant Bignell; Strength & Conditioning Coach: Andrew Horcicka; Physiotherapist: Megan Kelly; Team Manager: Jacquelin Shannon

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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