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The Telecom Fijiana team will be looking to gain much exposure and experience at the 2014 Oceania Sevens Championships in Noosa, Australia this weekend. Coach Iliesa Tanivula said this was
01 Oct 2014 13:37
Keen To Learn
Flying Fijians at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva

The Telecom Fijiana team will be looking to gain much exposure and experience at the 2014 Oceania Sevens Championships in Noosa, Australia this weekend.

Coach Iliesa Tanivula said this was their main objective.

“We want to get in there and compete and gain as much experience and exposure as we can as we build-up to the official International Rugby Board Women Sevens World Series,” Tanivula said.

“We will be coming up against different oppositions and it will be a good test for the girls.

“Going up against top seeds like Australia and New Zealand helps us to see where we stand in the competition and how we can work towards reaching their status.

“Other Pacific island teams will definitely give us the competition we need.” Tanivula said he would consider making changes to their line-up to increase the amount of experience within his side.

“We’ll make a few changes to the side for the competition. I think it’s important to give the other girls who didn’t play in Hong Kong a chance to gain some much needed experience on this stage.

“It’s also a good chance for the new players to gain international experience.”

Tanivula was pleased with the progress made by the players during training – shedding some light on their long-term approach.

“Training has been good and preparations have gone well. We have a talent identification to help pick new talents that we could bring in to build up the numbers for the squad.

“The players in the core squad, as it is now, need all the help they can get. It’s crucial that we build on the extended squad to assist the core team because of injuries and other reasons that could see them have to sit out a leg or two.

“These are an inevitable part of the game, so it’s important that we get the numbers we need.

“The men’s team are at an advantage having two teams and even more players to pick from outside of those teams, so we need to build our capacity up to match that if we want to continue to progress and build our viability in the tournament.”

The overall response to the recent trial held by the coaches as a talent identification in Suva pleased Tanivula.

“So far the response has been good, especially within Suva. We got a lot of interest from talented players. It’s good to see all the new talents coming out and it’ll be great for them to step up and help.”

The Telecom Fijiana team departs Nadi today for the Oceania Sevens Championship.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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